Is That Aching Head Hurting Your Brain?

If 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 …

Linda Ronstadt: New Parkinson’s Therapies May Help You to Sing

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try,” lamented legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, who was recently diagnosed with the condition. That may be true for Ronstadt, but speech pathologists and other Parkinson’s experts say there is enormous hope for most people. “It made me very sad to hear her say that,” says Samantha Elandary, founder and CEO of the nonprofit therapy group Parkinson Voice Project in Dallas, which has helped patients to sing. “Twenty years …

Are Heavy Metals Evildoers in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Does Alzheimer’s confuse you? You’re not alone. In fact, one of the great mysteries of modern science is the question of what actually causes Alzheimer’s disease. For several years a group of Alzheimer’s disease researchers have believed that metals such as iron and copper play a role. Now a new study supports that theory. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that copper may trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Rashid Deane, Ph.D., lead author of the study, …

Recognize These Folks? If Not, You May Be in Trouble…

  Can you name the famous faces above? If not, you may be headed for a type of early dementia. A new study suggests that a simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help doctors identify a type of early dementia in people ages 40 to 65. Researchers at Northwestern University tested 30 people with primary progressive aphasia, a type of dementia that first affects language, and 27 people without dementia. The test includes …

Yummy News! Cocoa May Help Keep Brain Healthy

When the press release hit email in-boxes, health editors across the country – including yours truly – were certainly dancing a jig. “Chocolate May Help Keep Brain Healthy,” said the release headline. “Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp.” Obviously, fantastic news. The study, published in the respected journal Neurology, comes from the hallowed halls of Harvard. So it was with something close to glee that …

What Causes Dementia? Anemia Is Part of the Puzzle

In yet another study linking healthy blood flow to brain health, new research finds that older adults with anemia – low levels of red blood cells – have an increased risk for dementia. Previous research has linked uncontrolled high cholesterol and high blood pressure to increased risk of dementia. Now this large new study finds that anemia also increases dementia risk. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Researchers tested 2,500 older dementia-free adults in Memphis, Tenn., …