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Lack Of Rem Sleep Tied To Increased Risk Of Dementia

Lack Of Rem Sleep Tied To Increased Risk Of Dementia

(Reuters Health) – People who spend less time in deep, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may be more likely to develop dementia than individuals who get better quality rest, a recent study suggests. Patients with dementia often have difficulty sleeping, but previous research has offered a mixed picture of which comes first – the cognitive decline or the sleep deficit. For the current study, researchers examined data from overnight sleep studies for 321 adults age 60 or older who didn’t…

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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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Dementia Linked To Beverage Consumed By 50% Of People Every Day

Dementia Linked To Beverage Consumed By 50% Of People Every Day

Half of North Americans use a drink linked to dementia on any given day. Both sugary and artificially sweetened ‘diet’ drinks are linked to dementia by two new studies. People who drink sugary beverages tend to have poorer memories, smaller brains and a smaller hippocampus (an area vital for learning and memory). Diet sodas, though, don’t seem much safer. A follow-up study found that people who drink diet sodas are three times more likely to develop dementia and stroke, compared…

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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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Traffic exposure may increase risk of dementia, study finds

Traffic exposure may increase risk of dementia, study finds

Dementia affects tens of millions of people worldwide. Common risk factors include age, family history, and genetics. But new research points to an additional factor that might affect the chances of developing dementia: living near a major, busy road. Living next to a major roadway may increase the chances of developing dementia. Dementia describes a wide range of brain illnesses that progressively lead to the loss of cognitive functioning. It affects reasoning, memory, behavior, and the ability to perform daily…

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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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2 Natural Supplements Together Halves Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment Becoming Alzheimer’s

2 Natural Supplements Together Halves Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment Becoming Alzheimer’s

B vitamins combined with omega-3 can help slow mental decline in older people with memory problems, a new study finds. Dr Celeste de Jager, one of the study’s authors, said: “We previously found that B vitamins are able to slow or prevent the atrophy of the brain and memory decline in people with MCI. This was most effective in those who had above average blood levels of homocysteine, a factor related to B vitamin status that may be toxic to…

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The Two Most Important Things We Can All Do To Protect Our Brain Health

The Two Most Important Things We Can All Do To Protect Our Brain Health

by Dr. Roger Landry       November 8, 2015   When I was in medical school in the 1960s, the prevailing belief was that once we reached physical maturity, our brains ceased to make new brain tissue. Therefore, all of the conditions associated with aging gradually depleted the neurons in our brains, causing them to atrophy until we eventually succumbed to dementia … Depressing, right? Fortunately, we were wrong. We’ve since learned that our brains are not the static…

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The Fermented Food that Helps Protect against Dementia

The Fermented Food that Helps Protect against Dementia

Michelle Schoffro Cook   November 7, 2015 When we think of dementia—or the loss of memory we typically associate with aging—it’s unlikely that most of us think of fermented foods. But probiotic-rich foods, which are foods that contain naturally-beneficial microorganisms like bacteria and certain yeasts, may have an important role in the prevention, and even treatment, of this brain disease. For many years, science led us to believe that we had little control over our brain health and its functioning….

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A Simple Test Could Help Identify Thinking Problems

A Simple Test Could Help Identify Thinking Problems

Test identifies smaller brain volume and problems with thinking. A simple saliva test could help identify thinking problems in older people, a new study finds. The study found a connection between the stress hormone cortisol and thinking skills. Higher cortisol levels in the evening were linked to worse thinking skills and smaller brain volumes. Dr Lenore J. Launer, one of the study’s authors, said: “Studies have shown that depression increases the risk for dementia, but we don’t know much about…

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