Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power

If you take medications for high blood pressure and need encouragement to stay on them,  here’s a great incentive: some meds that lower blood pressure may actually be helping boost brain power. Scientists have known for years that controlling high blood pressure is linked to better brain health. Numerous studies have confirmed that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. But now new research published yesterday in BMJ Open suggests that some drugs that lower blood …

I Just Had a Senior Moment. Should I Worry?

We all have moments when we wonder if we’re losing our minds. Where did I park the car? What was the name of that movie? Is that girl in the store the neighbor’s daughter? And most of the time we tell ourselves – and our friends and family – that these mental blips are a normal part of aging. Usually, they are just that. But sometimes the memory lapses seem more serious. We start forgetting things that we normally wouldn’t. …

Living Longer and Better: Dementia Rates May Drop as We Age

For years we’ve heard a drumbeat of frightening news about an upcoming epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia poised to rob us of our mental faculties. Now two new studies say the future may not be so bleak. Even better, the new research lends credence to the theory that our behavior can improve our chances of keeping our brains healthy in old age. One new study finds that dementia rates have fallen by nearly 25 percent in the last 20 …

Delay Retirement, Delay Onset of Dementia

More older workers than ever say they plan to stay on the job longer to avoid financial hardship in retirement. Now there appears to be a silver lining. New research finds that workers who put off retirement face less risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. In the largest study of its kind, researchers in France found that workers who retired at age 65 had about a 15 percent lower risk of developing dementia compared with someone who …

More Proof That an Active Brain Slows Dementia

A  new study adds to the growing evidence that the best way to stay mentally sharp into your 80s and beyond is to keep your brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things. Researchers found that being “cognitively active” both early and later in life was tied to better performance on memory tests among people in their 80s, Reuters reported. Even when brain autopsies were done on study participants who passed away, researchers found those who kept mentally busy …

Is Your Waistline a Stem Cell Warehouse?

If you’ve ever so much as considered liposuction, it’s probably because you want to look more buff. (That is, unless you’re Miami avant-garde performance artist Orestes De La Paz, who made some of his adipose tissue into soap.) Now there may be an additional reason to have excess fat surgically suctioned from your body: The unsightly stuff turns out to be a rich source of stem cells. Someday doctors might be able to use the cells to repair your heart, …