Neurological conditions now leading cause of ill-health worldwide, finds study

THE GUARDIAN – Neurological conditions ranging from migraine to stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia, are now the leading cause of ill-health worldwide, causing 11.1 million deaths in 2021, research has revealed. The number of people living with or dying from disorders of the nervous system has risen dramatically over the past three decades, with 43% of the world’s population – 3.4 billion people – affected in 2021, according to a study published in the Lancet. The...

A Harvard nutritionist and a neuroscientist agree this is the No. 1 food for a healthy brain

CNBC – Across the board, experts agree that eating leafy greens is essential for overall health, especially for your brain. Some of the green leafy vegetables that you can add to your meals are: Kale Spinach Lettuces Cabbage Swiss chard Bok choy Mustard greens 3 reasons experts say a diet rich in leafy greens is good for your brain 1. They're rich in B vitamins Often, conditions like depression and dementia are associated with a vitamin B deficiency,...

Daily fibre supplement improves older adults’ brain function in just 12 weeks

King’s College London – A study published recently in Nature Communications by researchers from the School of Life Course & Population Sciences showed that a simple and cheap fibre supplement can improve performance in memory tests associated with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. First author Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn, from the Department of Twin Research, said: "We are excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks. This holds huge promise for enhancing brain health and...

How a growing crisis of loneliness is affecting Americans’ health

NewsHour Productions – According to the American Psychiatric Association’s latest monthly poll, 1 in 3 Americans said they felt lonely at least once a week over the past year. Edward Garcia, head of the nonprofit Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness, joins Ali Rogin to discuss the cause and how communities can work to combat it. John Yang: The American Psychiatric Association's latest monthly poll found that one in three Americans said they felt lonely at...

Antidepressant prescribing for youths surged during COVID

AXOIS – Antidepressant prescribing to youths rose 63.5% during the pandemic, with adolescent girls accounting for some of the sharpest increases, according to new research in Pediatrics. It's further evidence of a youth mental health crisis characterized by depression and anxiety brought on by social isolation, concern about the future and financial and other stressors. But a shortage of mental health workers and the shift toward telehealth and remote prescribing may have contributed to a prioritization...

Breakthrough stroke treatment at Penn State Health offers patients new hope

For the first seven-and-a-half years after a massive stroke, Donald Yeagle lived his “new normal.” After a week in the intensive care unit at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, he spent 40 days at Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital learning to walk again. But he didn’t regain use of his left arm or hand.

Air pollution could be significant cause of dementia – even for those not predisposed

THE GUARDIAN – Air pollution from traffic is linked to some of the more severe forms of dementia, and could be a significant cause of the condition among those who are not already genetically predisposed to it, research suggests. Research carried out in Atlanta, Georgia, found that people with higher exposure to traffic-related fine particulate matter air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of the amyloid plaques in their brains that are associated...

Eating more kiwi fruit could boost your mental health in just a few days

A recent study found that eating kiwi fruit helped boost mood within a few days among people with low vitamin C levels.

Alzheimer’s Accidentally Spread to Several Humans via Corpse Transplants

NEWSWEEK – Five people may have "caught" Alzheimer's after receiving growth hormone from human cadavers during childhood. Between 1959 and 1985, over 1,800 patients in the U.K. were treated with human growth hormone extracted from the pituitary glands of dead bodies. The hormone, which is synthetically produced today, was mostly administered to children to treat severe short stature, often caused by a deficiency of this hormone. In 1985, one of these patients died from a rare brain...

Irregular Sleep Patterns Increase Dementia Risk. Doctor Explains

Dr. Puja Uppal, Family Medicine: "We understand that good sleep does a mind and body good. It's time to practice it! "This new research continues to validate that people with very irregular sleep patterns might face a higher risk of developing dementia compared to those with more consistent sleep schedules. "Now, this doesn't mean that irregular sleep patterns and schedules are directly causing dementia--but there's a noticeable connection. "This suggests focusing on avoiding highly irregular sleep patterns...

Could Owning A Cat Make You More Susceptible To Schizophrenia? Study Says Yes

"We found that individuals exposed to cats had approximately twice the odds of developing schizophrenia," wrote the research team.

Calculate Your Brain Care Score; Why It Matters

Key Takeaways Investigators have developed a Brain Care Score composed of physical, lifestyle, and social-emotional components, with a higher score indicating better brain care In a recent study, adults with a higher Brain Care Score had a lower risk of developing dementia and stroke as they aged. BOSTON – Individuals can improve their brain care and reduce their risk of developing brain diseases such as dementia and stroke by focusing on a list of 12...

Pain, fatigue, fuzzy thinking: How long COVID disrupts the brain

Michelle Wilson got COVID earlier in the pandemic, before vaccines were available.

Eating strawberries may fight off dementia in overweight adults

INTERESTING ENGINEERING – According to a recent study, strawberries may help deter the emergence of dementia in adults with weight issues. The research found that 30 middle-aged overweight adults who self-reported having modest cognitive loss experienced fewer memory issues and fewer depressive symptoms after eating strawberries every day for just 12 weeks. The work followed five men and 25 women in a double-blind, randomized controlled trial that saw one group consume a strawberry-based powder and another...
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