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...

World’s oldest person on the keys to longevity: ‘stay away from toxic people’

María Branyas was born in California and moved back to Spain when she was eight. María Branyas Morera was born in California and moved back to Spain when she was eight. Photograph: Guinness World Records

Audits — Hidden Until Now — Reveal Millions in Medicare Advantage Overcharges

Newly released federal audits reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors, with some plans overbilling the government more than $1,000 per patient a year on average.

A brain expert shares his 7 ‘hard rules’ for boosting memory and fighting off dementia

As a neuroscience researcher, here are seven hard rules I live by to keep my brain sharp and fight off dementia.

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...

Coffee Habits That Are Aging You Faster, According to a Dietitian

While coffee isn't necessarily unhealthy, there are a few bad coffee habits that can contribute to faster aging depending on how you drink it.

How to keep joints healthy as you age

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK — For joints to work well, they need cartilage, a slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones, acts like a shock absorber, and helps joints move smoothly. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, says many people lose cartilage as they age, but it does not mean that joint replacement is inevitable. Here are some tips for keeping joints healthy. Cartilage degenerates for various reasons, Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo says. People...

The Death Dilemma: Are Hospitals Overtreating Patients Nearing the End?

THE WALRUS (CANADA) – I CAN’T RECALL a time as a paramedic when I pronounced someone dead without complete confidence. Back then, it was a relatively easy decision to make. The Ministry of Health in Ontario, where I served on ambulances and helicopters for a decade, had a list of things that qualified someone as being “obviously dead.” It’s the type of list paramedic trainees have to recite for exams, and I knew it colloquially as...

If You Can’t Do This Balance Exercise, You’re Likelier to Suffer Falls in Old Age

A study found that those who couldn’t pass this balance test were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years.

Nightmares in middle age could be a warning of future dementia: study

Middle-aged people between 35 and 64 who had bad dreams on a weekly basis were four times more likely to experience a decline in cognitive function over the following decade, a precursor to dementia.

COVID-19 could more than double chance of Alzheimer’s disease in seniors, study says

Based on the research by Case Western University’s Reserve School of Medicine, risk of Alzheimer’s disease in seniors doubled over a one-year period following a COVID-19 infection.

Here’s Why You Should Be Doing Kegels After Menopause

EVERYDAY HEALTH – Menopause can introduce lots of changes to your body, but one of the most challenging  is the weakening of your pelvic floor: the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the organs in your pelvis. When the pelvic floor weakens, it can cause symptoms ranging from incontinence or prolapse to intimacy problems and more. To combat these changes, you may want to start doing Kegel exercises, which act as a workout to strengthen...

18 Secrets for a Longer Life: WebMD

Dr. Ratini is a member of the WebMD medical review team and is responsible for ensuring the medical accuracy of WebMD’s news and feature stories. As a family practitioner, Ratini has been seeing patients since 1986. Protect Your DNA As you age, the ends of your chromosomes become shorter. This makes you more likely to get sick. But lifestyle changes can boost an enzyme that makes them longer. Plus, studies show diet and exercise can help...
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