mental decline

New Blood Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA simple blood test that a researcher calls a “game changer” may be able to accurately predict whether older adults will develop dementia. The experimental test, developed by researchers at six universities, was 90 percent accurate at predicting whether adults age 70 and older would develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s within two to three years. The study was published online Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. The test measures the levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream. …

Simple test for Alzheimer’s? Get Out Pen and Paper

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayCould a 15-minute test you take with pen and paper provide an early warning of Alzheimer’s or other cognitive problems? Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the simple 22-question test, called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or SAGE, can’t diagnose Alzheimer’s, but it can reveal cognitive impairments at an early, more treatable stage. (To take the test, click here to download.) These impairments “could be related to many conditions like medications, ministrokes, dementia or sleep apnea to …

No, Really, This Video Game Is Making Me Smarter

Posted on 05/7/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhich do you think keeps your brain sharper — completing a leisurely crossword puzzle on the computer or playing a fast-paced computer video game that requires you to match fleeting images? Sorry, crossword puzzlers, but the quick-thinking skills needed to play a video game could help slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Iowa tested 681 healthy adults over age 50 who were assigned to play either a video game called “Road Tour” (since …

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 …