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Molecular Time Machine: Turning Back Brain Age

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health Warning: This article should not be read by anyone with a brain that is under the age of 50. You don’t need to be around adolescents very long before you realize that their brains work differently from those of adults, especially senior adults. What the youthful brain lacks in judgment and stability, however, is compensated for by its speed of learning and memory recall. But what if, through a simple flip of a molecular switch, we seniors could have it …

Alzheimer’s: Is It Diabetes of the Brain?

Posted on 09/28/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCould what we eat be killing our brains? Or, to put it another way, could Alzheimer’s really be Type 3 diabetes? The theory is that the factors in our diet and the environment that’s causing the Type 2 diabetes epidemic is also playing a role in the increasing rate of Alzheimer’s — resulting in a third form of diabetes, Type 3 brain diabetes. It’s an intriguing — some might say controversial — theory. In any case, it’s certainly one more …

SuperAgers: They’re 80, But Their Brains Are Only 50

Posted on 08/17/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThey’re age 80 and older, yet they have the memory and brain power of people in their 50s. So what’s their secret? That’s what researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are trying to figure out. A new study found that this elite group of elderly — or SuperAgers, as researchers call them — have brains that appear as young as people in the prime of middle-age. In fact, one brain region of this SuperAger group was even bigger …

Getting to the Heart of Stroke Prevention

Posted on 05/25/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Hearts™, a national initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of us are familiar with what happens when someone has a heart attack—we see it in movies, on TV shows, and unfortunately sometimes it happens to our loved ones, colleagues, or neighbors. But what about a stroke? If you’re not as familiar with what happens when someone has a stroke, you’re not …

How Our Brain Works: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Inner World

Posted on 04/19/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthOur brains may be one of the last frontiers for explorers of human physiology. The past few years have seen remarkable breakthroughs in understanding how the brain works. New discoveries in the field of neuroscience are helping us understand how and what we perceive and feel, how we learn and store memories and how reasoning and decision making are processed. Here are four new insights: Concrete Thinking Treats Depression: Concrete thinking, or concreteness training (CNT), is a technique that replaces …

Memory Loss More Common In Men — But It Can Improve

Posted on 01/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAge-related memory loss and mild cognitive impairment may be more common in men in their 70s and 80s than in women, a new Mayo Clinic study has found. That may be bad news for men, but the study also found some intriguing good news: About one-third of the participants initially diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment were able to improve their brain function back to normal at a later checkup. The researchers aren’t exactly sure why this improvement occurred, although it …