Staying Sharp

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Your immune system stands guard against an army of germs. Here are foods that may strengthen your immune system and help keep your brain healthy.
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We used to think that the gut’s only function was to process food, but scientists now understand that the mind and the gut are intricately linked.
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Lose weight, exercise, stop eating Twinkies — good health can be such a chore. But indulging in these six guilty pleasures may be good for us.
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Making and enjoying music can stimulate your brain, trigger memories and emotions, connect you with others, and enrich your life, according to a report.
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Healthy foods such as green leafy vegetables, fruit, whole grains and healthy fats may be good for maintaining a healthy brain, research suggests.
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Most people know that high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes. But it also may put you at risk for cognitive decline and dementia.
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Judging by a spike in book sales and the demand for library e-books, many Americans have turned to reading to help cope during the pandemic.
A group of women smiling together after finishing a breast cancer awareness race
The U.S. now has about 17 million cancer survivors. So what can they do to stay healthy, both mentally and physically, as they age?
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Many of us downsized our holiday celebrations this year, but we’re still making traditional dishes that bring us comfort and joy.
A smiling woman putting a hearing aid in her ear
Research shows that hearing loss is a risk factor for dementia, and it’s been linked to a greater risk of cognitive decline, depression and falls.
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