02

Aug

Brain atrophy is a progressive loss of brain tissue, and a new study conducted by the National Institute of Aging has concluded that lack of sleep or excessive fatigue may lead to less cognitive activity. Without proper rest, the brains of older adults experience more atrophy. Some of the areas affected are more “susceptible to…

09

Jun

The earlier we are able to detect a disease, the better the chance we have in slowing down its progression. This holds true for Alzheimer’s disease. “People with Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from earlier diagnosis if a long-term memory test combined with a brain scan were carried out, a study suggests.” Currently our means of…

19

Feb

This is an encouraging time for Alzheimer research. Our understanding of this disease has increased over the years. A research endeavor conducted by the University of Southern California discovered a section of our brain that is among the first parts affected by Alzheimer’s. That part of the brain is called the locus coeruleus.” It releases…

29

Oct

All of us dream. We may not remember all our dreams but we do dream. Researchers have discovered that a group of nerve cells located in a region in our brain (medulla) may control our ability to dream. When these neurons were activated, mice who were used in the experiment, entered REM sleep within seconds….

20

Sep

Mental lapses are a part of life. It is common for people to be forgetful or absent minded at times. For some individuals, it may be a part of their personality. That is the way they are wired. During the aging process, brain functions naturally decline. The brain actually shrinks (especially in the prefrontal cortex,…

14

Sep

Alzheimer’s is a progressive and debilitating disease. At this time, there are no cures for it but we have developed resources to slow down the progression. A natural antioxidant found in some of our food products (dark cholate, red wine, and grapes), Resveratrol, may aid in the process of slowing down the disease. “Although accumulation…

16

Aug

Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. Many of us enjoy a cup or two to get us started in the morning. It increases alertness, arousal, and our cognitive performance. A new study investigated the relationship between coffee consumption and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, MCI…

26

May

For individuals  experiencing problems with their sleep, not only does it effect their quality of life on a daily basis, but may also have long term effects as well.  According to a recent study, those struggling with sleep problems (snoring, apnea) developed cognitive problems later in life. The sleep challenged people showed signs of cognitive…

11

Dec

High levels of stress could contribute to the acceleration of onset of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer disease. According to a recent study, those experiencing early onset  of Alzheimer disease, would see a significant increase of cognitive impairment with an anxiety disorder. ” A research team at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute in Canada found that the…