Brain Fitness: Four Strategies to Keep Your Wits with Aging

However magnificent one’s earlier accomplishments, getting older can be a humbling experience. Loss of peripheral vision and depth judgment, lessened hearing acuity, decreased sensitivity of taste buds, stiffened arteries, declining bone density, a less efficient heart pump, reduced lung capacity, wrinkling of skin, reduced muscle strength and, for some, loss of hair are a few of the physical changes that are biologically predetermined. The aging process also brings social and emotional losses. As we age, parents and older relatives die, …

The Sheryl Crow Effect: Learning About Benign Brain Tumors

She’s calling it just “a bump in the road,” but the news this week that singer Sheryl Crow has a benign brain tumor shocked her fans. It also made a lot of us wonder if, like Crow, those occasional memory lapses we suffer could indicate something more serious. Crow, a breast cancer survivor who recently turned 50, said she initially thought that  she was forgetting things — like the lyrics to her hit song, “Soak Up The Sun” — because …

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.