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 …

Is it Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s?

More than 90 percent of older adults diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s would be re-diagnosed as having the less serious condition of mild cognitive impairment, according to a study that looks at newly revised diagnosis criteria. The new criteria for diagnosing mild Alzheimer’s were issued last year by experts with the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. John C. Morris, M.D., director of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, decided to look at …

The Takeaway: From Mr. Hockey to the Face of Alzheimer’s; 7 Mistakes Retirees Repeatedly Make

Gordie Howe is best known for his impressive professional hockey career. But the man often referred to as Mr. Hockey now has a new passion: Raising money for Alzheimer’s and dementia research. And it’s far from an impersonal cause.

Memory Loss More Common In Men — But It Can Improve

Age-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 …

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: A Fishy Way To Boost Brain Health; Using Hallucinogens In Health Care

Eating fish at least once per week can seriously reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, researchers say””but only if the fish is cooked in certain ways. And hallucinogens are back, this time for a variety of therapeutic uses.