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ICU Brain Effect: A Long Stay Causes Dementia

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA long stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit, where patients are often heavily sedated, seems to have a traumatic effect on brain function for as long as a year after patients leave the hospital, new research finds. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that one out of three ICU patients suffers mental effects similar to moderate traumatic brain injury, and one in four has impairments similar to a mild stage of Alzheimer’s disease. …

One More Thing to Stress About: Midlife Stress and Your Brain

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAfter the alarm goes off at 5:45 a.m., each day brings a new set of challenges: deadlines and responsibility at work, AP history homework, French quizzes, soccer carpools, meetings at school, dogs that need to be walked and a hardworking husband who is rarely home before 8 p.m. My mother died in February after a difficult illness, and still I sometimes wake in the middle of the night in grief and panic. Add to that list a new study to …

Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Really Bolster Aging Brains?

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health“Eat your fish — it’s brain food,” our mothers told us, and we repeat that mantra to our own children. For years we’ve heard that fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, is good for our brain health. And many scientists identified omega-3 fatty acids as the substance in the fish that would help our math skills, keep us alert and preserve our brain health. That made sense because omega-3 fatty acids — which are also found in high levels in …

What Old Brains? Older Proves Wiser in Financial Decisions

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayOld, schmold. Our brains may be getting a little slower as we age, but we more than make up for it in experience when making economic decisions, a new study finds. The study, by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Columbia University, tested two groups of subjects — 173 younger (ages 18 to 29) and 163 older (ages 60 to 82) — on how well they understood financial information and made economic decisions. Related: Does My Financial Adviser …

Zoom. Zoom. Video Games May Help Make Old Brains Act Young Again

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayHand over the console, kids. Time to give us grownups a chance at winning that video game. It’s good for our brain health, really. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that a three-dimensional video game can help older people reverse age-related decline in memory and focus. The researchers found that after four weeks of training, some of the participants in their  80s beat untrained 20-year-olds and kept up their skills for six months without practice. Take that, …

Is That Aching Head Hurting Your Brain?

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf you suffer from migraines, how worried should you be about a recent study that suggests the painful disorder may permanently change brain structure? For this study, published online Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark analyzed 19 different studies and found that people who suffer from migraines have an increased risk of brain lesions — tiny scars on the brain — as well as more infarct-like abnormalities and changes in brain volume. The results showed …