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Health Tip Tuesday

Health Tip Tuesday

Neurobics for your mind. Get your brain fizzing with energy. American researchers coined the term ‘neurobics’ for tasks which activate the brain’s own biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can help to strengthen or preserve brain circuits. Brush your teeth with your ‘other’ hand, take a new route to work or choose your clothes based on sense of touch rather than sight. People with mental agility tend to have lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related mental…

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The Case For Drinking Coffee Is Stronger Than Ever

The Case For Drinking Coffee Is Stronger Than Ever

There are few things more more ritualistic—and to many, more sacred—than a morning cup of joe. 64% of Americans drink at least one cup a day—a statistic that’s barely budged since the ’90s. Despite warnings from doctors over the years that coffee may be hard on the body, people have remained devoted to the drink. Luckily for them, the latest science is evolving in their favor. Research is showing that coffee may have net positive effects on the body after…

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This Fruit Reverses Brain Ageing

This Fruit Reverses Brain Ageing

A natural compound found in strawberries can reduce the mental effects of ageing. The antioxidant fisetin, when given to mice, was found to reduce their mental decline with age and inflammation in their body. Fisetin is also found in many other plants, such as apples, onions, cucumbers and persimmons. Dr Pamela Maher, who led the research said: “Companies have put fisetin into various health products but there hasn’t been enough serious testing of the compound. Based on our ongoing work,…

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This Beverage Reversed Normal Age-Related Memory Loss in Three Months

This Beverage Reversed Normal Age-Related Memory Loss in Three Months

Drinking this could reduce your brain age twenty years in just three months. Cocoa flavanoids — like those contained in a cup of cocoa — can reverse age-related memory loss in older adults, a new study finds. This is the first direct evidence that an important component of memory decline that comes with age can be improved with a simple dietary change. Typically, normal age-related memory declines are noticeable to people in their fifties and sixties: things like forgetting where…

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Personal Music Playlists May Reduce Medication Use With Dementia

Personal Music Playlists May Reduce Medication Use With Dementia

Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalized music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behavior, a recent study suggests. The individualized music program designed for nursing homes, called Music and Memory, didn’t improve mood problems, but patients who listened to music tailored to their tastes and memories did need less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication, researchers found. “Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can result in aggressive or other difficult behaviors, which affect people’s lives and…

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Still Cooking with Aluminum Foil? You’ll Want to Read This

Still Cooking with Aluminum Foil? You’ll Want to Read This

Cooking and baking with aluminum foil is fast and convenient, and makes cleanup a cinch, but it’s not without health risks. A lot has changed since aluminum arrived on the scene back in 1910, after the first aluminum foil rolling plant, Dr. Lauber, Neher & Cie, opened in Emmishofen, Switzerland. The first use of foil in the United States came about in 1913, when it was used to wrap Life Savers, candy bars, and gum. Eventually, aluminum foil made its…

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A Cup of Tea a Day Could Keep Dementia and Alzheimer’s Away

A Cup of Tea a Day Could Keep Dementia and Alzheimer’s Away

Tea is one of the most widely consumed and healthiest beverages of all—perhaps only second to plain old water. Known to provide a variety of health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of cancer and heart disease, there’s now new evidence to suggest that older individuals who regularly drink tea may significantly reduce their risk of cognitive decline. A study from the National University of Singapore, which involved nearly 1,000 community-living Chinese adults ages 55 or older, looked at tea…

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Targeting Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

Targeting Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

Diet could be a powerful mode of prevention. A new study suggests that a gut-healthy diet may play a powerful role in preventing one of the most feared diseases in America. Mounting research continues to show the links between the health of the gut and that of the brain. Now, a new study from Lund University in Sweden finds that unhealthy intestinal flora can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The report, published Feb. 8 in the journal Scientific Reports,…

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Coffee vs. Tea: Is One Better for Your Health?

Coffee vs. Tea: Is One Better for Your Health?

A hot cup of coffee can perk you up in the morning. A soothing cup of tea can help you relax after a stressful day. And the latest research about the health benefits of each might help you feel a little better about them, whichever beverage you drink. After years of studies that seemed to swing between dire warnings and cheery promises about what our favorite caffeinated beverages do and don’t do, much of the recent science regarding coffee and…

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This Type of Exercise May Guard Against Dementia

This Type of Exercise May Guard Against Dementia

People who worked out on a bike, a treadmill, or the elliptical showed improvement in their memory and problem solving skills after six months, a new study found. Working out is good for you in more ways than we can count, but a new study may have uncovered a new perk for people with memory problems. Researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that aerobic exercise appears to boost thinking skills and brain volume in adults diagnosed with…

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