cognitive decline

Dementia Study: Calcium Plus Vitamin D Disappoints

Posted on 12/7/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTaking calcium pills combined with low-dose vitamin D did not protect older women from dementia, a large new study found, but the researchers think vitamin D alone may offer some help. The study, published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, involved 4,100 women age 65 or older without dementia. Half were given supplements of 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium carbonate combined with 400 international units (IUs) of vitamin D, and half were given a placebo. The women …

Vitamin D Tied to Women’s Brain Health

Posted on 12/3/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who don’t get enough vitamin D as they age may be more likely to suffer cognitive decline and impairment, two new studies suggest. The studies, published in the Journals of Gerontology, Series A (Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences), found that vitamin D, often called the sunshine vitamin, seems to play an important role in maintaining brain health in older women. Researchers in France found that among women age 75 or older who were …

Fish Oil Pills: No Help Against Mental Decline

Posted on 06/14/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’ve been buying omega-3 fish oil pills to help prevent mental decline as you age, save your money. Better yet, use that money to buy real fish. A new analysis of fish oil research finds that omega-3 fatty acid capsules don’t provide any protection against declines in thinking and memory skills among older adults. As Reuters reports, the theory has been that because the brain is rich in the type of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil, adding …

The Takeaway: Genes And Education Play Large Part In How Brain Ages; Reasons To Delay Bone Density Retests

Posted on 01/19/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayLearning new things can increase your openness to experience as you age. And genetics, education and exercise all play a part in keeping the brain sharp. Plus: A new study recommends women whose bone density tests are normal at age 65 wait up to 15 years before having a second test.

Cognitive Decline: Does It Start In Our 40s?

Posted on 01/6/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThose who think signs of cognitive decline start around age 60, a new study has some unwelcome news: Brain function could start lessening beginning at age 45. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, involved giving cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of a decade, reports the L.A. Times. The tests evaluated memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and visual and hearing comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except vocabulary, and …

How Early Does Cognitive Decline Begin? Earlier Than You Think

Posted on 01/5/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThose who think signs of cognitive decline start around age 60, a new study has some unwelcome news: Brain function could start lessening beginning at age 45. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, involved giving cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of a decade, reports the L.A. Times. The tests evaluated memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and visual and hearing comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except vocabulary, and …