Women are twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s disease as men, but for years, doctors assumed that was simply because women lived longer. Now it appears there’s more to it.
After the alarm goes off at 5:45 a.m., each day brings a new set of challenges: deadlines and responsibility at work, AP history homework, French quizzes, soccer carpools, meetings at school, dogs that need to be walked and a hardworking husband who is rarely home before 8 p.m. My mother died in February after a difficult illness, and still I sometimes wake in the middle of the night in grief and panic. Add to that list a new study to worry about: The stress of my life may be increasing my risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
In 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.
If you take medications for high blood pressure and need encouragement to stay on them, here's a great incentive: some meds that lower blood pressure may actually be helping boost brain power.
We all have moments when we wonder if we're losing our minds. Where did I park the car? What was the name of that movie? Is that girl in the store the neighbor's daughter? And most of the time we tell ourselves - and our friends and family - that these mental blips are a normal part of aging.
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