Neurology

Parlez vous? Learning a Second Language Protects Brain

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayI lived in Stockholm for two years after college and doggedly learned Swedish, even though most Swedes speak beautiful English. Not only could I communicate better with then-tiny (now giant) Swedish nephews, turns out it was a good move for my brain. Learning a second language — even as an adult — helps protect the brain from aging,  says a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. “Learning a language later in life is a challenge but is very, very good for …

Is That Aching Head Hurting Your Brain?

Posted on 08/30/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf you suffer from migraines, how worried should you be about a recent study that suggests the painful disorder may permanently change brain structure? For this study, published online Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark analyzed 19 different studies and found that people who suffer from migraines have an increased risk of brain lesions — tiny scars on the brain — as well as more infarct-like abnormalities and changes in brain volume. The results showed …

Recognize These Folks? If Not, You May Be in Trouble…

Posted on 08/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin Today  Can you name the famous faces above? If not, you may be headed for a type of early dementia. A new study suggests that a simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help doctors identify a type of early dementia in people ages 40 to 65. Researchers at Northwestern University tested 30 people with primary progressive aphasia, a type of dementia that first affects language, and 27 people without dementia. The test includes …

What Causes Dementia? Anemia Is Part of the Puzzle

Posted on 08/1/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIn yet another study linking healthy blood flow to brain health, new research finds that older adults with anemia — low levels of red blood cells — have an increased risk for dementia. Previous research has linked uncontrolled high cholesterol and high blood pressure to increased risk of dementia. Now this large new study finds that anemia also increases dementia risk. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Researchers tested 2,500 older dementia-free adults in Memphis, Tenn., …