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Test Your Brain With the Toughest Tongue Twister Ever

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayTry saying this 10 times fast: “pad kid poured curd pulled cod.” If you can do it, a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) just might give you a prize. The team has been researching tongue twisters, those seemingly simple words or phrases that when spoken quickly and repeatedly make our brains stumble and our tongues get tangled. The researchers are interested in what tongue-twister errors can tell us about how our brains process speech. The …

The Best Diet Now to Avoid Illness Later

Posted on 11/11/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAs AARP health writer Elizabeth Agnvall reported last week, a large new study finds that women in their 50s and 60s who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, grains and olive oil were 46 percent more likely to be free of chronic disease and memory problems in their 70s. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Think about that — 46 percent more likely to avoid nearly a dozen serious diseases like Parkinson’s, …

Updated: What Causes Arthritis?

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHave you ever thought about how many times you use your hands in a day? Perhaps you’ve pondered which fingers you could do without if you had to get rid of a couple? Maybe you’ve thought about how quickly your body sends signals back and forth so that you can type a blog post, tie your shoe or lift your fork? It’s actually pretty fascinating when you stop and think about it! >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP …

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. …

Are Heavy Metals Evildoers in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Posted on 08/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayDoes 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…

Posted on 08/13/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin Today  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 …