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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.

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...

In Biden’s Defense, He’s Obviously Senile

(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) President Joe Biden faced scrutiny on Monday after recounting a fabricated Amtrak conductor incident where he was supposedly hailed with the words, “Joey, baby!” Despite never experiencing such an event, Biden reiterated his claim during a Delaware-based event, adding to the tally of his 12 known false claims since assuming the presidency, as reported by the New York Post. Biden’s tale centered around his purported interaction with the Amtrak conductor, Angelo, during...

Tony Bennett, 96

VARIETY – Tony Bennett, the master pop vocalist who had a professional career spanning eight decades with a No. 1 album at age 85, died on Friday morning in New York City. He was 96. Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, but had continued to perform and record through 2021. His peer Frank Sinatra called him the greatest popular singer in the world. His recordings – most of them made for Columbia Records, which...

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...

Bruce Willis’ Frontotemporal Dementia Is Not Your Grandpa’s Dementia

Medscape Neurology – When I read the news that Bruce Willis had disclosed his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), I was reminded that all of us are at risk for spending our final epoch lost in a neurologic swamp. What is remarkable about the swamp that we call FTD is that it's a somewhat rare and unusual type of dementia. We tend to characterize dementia as the erosion of memory, but FTD is more characterized by...

Flight attack raises questions about security, mental health

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The music was blaring on a February afternoon when Francisco Torres stopped by a Massachusetts barbershop, proclaiming he was half-angel, half-devil. He wanted a dozen people to come outside the shop and shoot him with an automatic weapon stored in his car trunk. Before anyone could make sense of the request, Torres fled the shop and drove off. They never saw a weapon and he didn't return. "I didn't get what he...

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...

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

Reduce stress, improve sleep with police academy breathing technique

Combat breathing can positively impact the time we spend with others, our ability to focus and the quality of our sleep.

7 brain health hacks to strengthen memory, improve mood, and feel less stressed

FORTUNE – We can take care of our brains like we do the rest of our body in order to help us think logically and strengthen our emotional processing throughout the day. Daily habits keep our brains healthy, and as the New Year kicks into full swing, it’s a great time to think about small ways to incorporate new tools into your routine. Research shows that taking breaks, practicing gratitude, and trying something new can support...

Transgender people have alarmingly high suicide rate

THE HILL – Transgender people were more than two times as likely than others to struggle with anxiety or depression during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. About 65 percent of those who identify as transgender reported symptoms of anxiety during the pandemic, while just 27 percent of other people said the same. Another 58 percent of transgender people said they experienced symptoms of depression during...
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