How Sleep Impacts Mental Health

MDPI Blog– Sleep has a huge influence on our physical and mental health. Insufficient sleep is related to many chronic health problems, including heart disease, depression, diabetes, stress, and much more. Not only this, but oversleeping has also been shown to negatively affect health or at least be a symptom of poor health. It’s a difficult balance to strike. Most research suggests that between 7 and 9 hours is optimal. With insomnia affecting around 6-10% of the...

Heavy Cannabis Use Linked to Schizophrenia Especially among Young Men

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN – The French psychiatrist Jacques-Joseph Moreau published a book called Hashish and Mental Illness in 1845, the same year that Scientific American brought out its first issue. In it, he explored his own experiences with the drug cannabis at the Paris-based Club des Hachichins—some of which took place alongside the likes of Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac and Charles Baudelaire. Two years earlier Moreau described the “undescribable delights” of a “marvelous substance.” But in his...

Eye Changes May Reveal Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

EVERYDAY HEALTH – Today, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can only be definitely diagnosed after a person dies. But new research suggests the possibility of much earlier diagnosis with a simpler, less invasive method: eye exams. In a recent in-depth analysis, research published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica details how changes in the retina correspond to brain and cognitive changes in Alzheimer’s disease patients. “These findings may lead to the development of imaging techniques that would be able...

Is It Aging or Alzheimer’s?

Is Your Memory Slipping? We all forget things sometimes, especially when life gets busy. You may start to notice this happening more often as you get older. Mild memory loss can be a normal part of aging. It doesn't necessarily mean you're going to have dementia. Only 1% of people over age 65 with normal age-related memory issues will get dementia each year. When Forgetfulness Is a Problem If memory loss makes it hard for you to handle...

Study finds mushrooms magnify memory by boosting nerve growth

University of Queensland – Researchers from The University of Queensland have discovered the active compound from an edible mushroom that boosts nerve growth and enhances memory. Professor Frederic Meunier from the Queensland Brain Institute said the team had identified new active compounds from the mushroom, Hericium erinaceus. "Extracts from these so-called 'lion's mane' mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine in Asian countries for centuries, but we wanted to scientifically determine their potential effect on brain...

Consumer Health: What is vascular dementia?

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to your brain. There's no specific test that can confirm vascular dementia. Instead, health care professionals make a judgment based on any medical history for stroke or disorders of the heart and blood vessels, and results of tests that can clarify the diagnosis. Symptoms Vascular dementia symptoms...

Why Do Women Get Alzheimer’s More Than Men? Study Offers Clue

MEDSCAPE – Of the more than 6 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. age 65 or older, nearly two-thirds are women. A new study may help explain the gender gap — and offer clues to new treatments for helping patients of both sexes fight back. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University zeroed in on a gene named USP11, found on the X chromosome. Women have two X chromosomes, while men at birth have one X and...

Best evidence yet that lowering blood pressure can prevent dementia

The George Institute for Global Health (Australia) – A global study of over 28,000 people has provided the strongest evidence to date that lowering blood pressure in later life can cut the risk of dementia. Dr Ruth Peters, Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney and Program Lead for Dementia in The George Institute’s Global Brain Health Initiative, said that in the absence of significant dementia treatment breakthroughs, reducing the risk of developing the disease would be...

Study links omega-3s to improved brain health

Healthy study volunteers whose red blood cells contained higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids were found to have better brain structure and cognitive function in middle age.

5 Surprising Causes of Memory Loss

If you have difficulty remembering things, your mind may make the leap to Alzheimer’s disease — but that’s not the only cause of memory loss.

Anne Heche Is Brain Dead

Anne Heche remains in critical condition as police continue to investigate her car crash.

Bobby Crimo: Stoner, Wannabe Rapper, Product Of Failed Parenting

Confessed Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo III admitted to cops three years ago that he was a depressed teenage drug user when quizzed about threatening to “kill everyone” in his family, newly released documents show ...

Single Brain Scan Can Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Quickly; 98% Accurate

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON – A new machine learning algorithm can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease from a single MRI brain scan, using a standard MRI machine available in most hospitals. New research breakthrough uses machine learning technology to look at structural features within the brain, including in regions not previously associated with Alzheimer’s. The advantage of the technique is its simplicity and the fact that it can identify the disease at an early stage when it can be...

One-Week Break From Social Media Improves Health

Results of a study that asked participants to take a week-long break from social media find positive effects for wellbeing, depression and anxiety.
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