Stuff the Belly, Starve the Mind, Study Finds

Here’s something to think about before you hit the all-you-can-eat buffet: Mayo Clinic researchers found that overeating doubles the risk of memory loss in those age 70 and over. The study looked at 1,200 adults, ages 70 to 89, none with dementia, but 163 with mild cognitive impairment. The researchers found that those who ate more than 2,142 calories a day had nearly twice the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) compared to those who ate fewer than 1,526 calories …

Treating ‘Wake-Up’ Strokes: Clot-Busting Drugs May Help

They’re called “wake-up strokes” because you go to bed feeling normal, then wake up with stroke symptoms. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for doctors to determine exactly when the stroke began  – and clot-dissolving drugs have been considered effective only if given within 4 1/2 hours of when a stroke started. But preliminary research shows that clot-busting treatments appear to be safe for wake-up strokes if patients can get to the emergency room quickly, according to a new study presented …

The Takeaway: Men At Higher Risk For Mild Memory Loss; Heart Health At 55 Predicts Death Risk At 80

A large new study suggests that your heart health in middle age is a good predictor of your lifetime heart disease and heart attack risk.

The Takeaway: Silent Strokes Can Cause Memory Loss; Talking Life Expectancy With Patients In Good Health

Nearly 25 percent of older adults have experienced a silent stroke, according to a new study.

The Takeaway: Regis Philbin Packing Up; Menopause-Related Memory Loss Could Actually Be Early Dementia

Talk show host Regis Philbin will make his final appearance this Friday morning on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” And the brains of women who complain of memory lapses or mental slippage around the time of menopause may be working extra hard to keep up, a new study shows.

Strides in Solving the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease

On the front page of the New York Times today, there is a story about on the potential of a “major change” in the criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. If adopted, the new guidelines would launch a new movement on diagnosing – and eventually treating – the disease that affects so many American families. The proposed diagnostic rules were presented by a group of experts at an international Alzheimer’s meeting in Honolulu yesterday. Currently, the formal criteria to …