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Chemicals in ‘Western’ Diet Show Alzheimer’s-Like Effects in Mice

But what about people? To get an idea, Vlassara’s team followed 93 adults aged 60 and older who gave blood samples and completed a standard questionnaire doctors use to screen for dementia. The investigators found that people with higher blood levels of a particular AGE tended to show a bigger dip in mental acuity over nine months.

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Chemicals in ‘Western’ Diet Show Alzheimer’s-Like Effects in Mice

But what about people? To get an idea, Vlassara’s team followed 93 adults aged 60 and older who gave blood samples and completed a standard questionnaire doctors use to screen for dementia. The investigators found that people with higher blood levels of a particular AGE tended to show a bigger dip in mental acuity over nine months.

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Three Times Mom Was Right

An apple a day… 
Studies have shown that the polyphenols in apples may protect brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s by helping to prevent oxidative damage.

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Three Times Mom Was Right

An apple a day…

Studies have shown that the polyphenols in apples may protect brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s by helping to prevent oxidative damage.

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Keys to preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Keeping mentally active:Crossword puzzles aren’t enough to challenge your brain, Pascual-Leone said, if you’re already a regular puzzle doer. Instead, pick up new skills like learning to dance or paint or do math problems — something that’s challenging and a little outside your comfort zone, he said.

- USA Today

Keys to preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Keeping mentally active:

Crossword puzzles aren’t enough to challenge your brain, Pascual-Leone said, if you’re already a regular puzzle doer. Instead, pick up new skills like learning to dance or paint or do math problems — something that’s challenging and a little outside your comfort zone, he said.

- USA Today

7 Foods That Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk

1. Walnuts (and almonds, pecans, hazelnuts) Walnuts might be small in size, but they pack a big nutritional punch. They are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat your brain needs. A study from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities found that mice given a diet including walnuts showed improvement in memory and motor coordination. Walnuts also contain vitamin E and flavonoids, which can help protect the brain.

- HuffPost

7 Foods That Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk

1. Walnuts (and almonds, pecans, hazelnuts)

Walnuts might be small in size, but they pack a big nutritional punch. They are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat your brain needs. A study from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities found that mice given a diet including walnuts showed improvement in memory and motor coordination. Walnuts also contain vitamin E and flavonoids, which can help protect the brain.

- HuffPost

Ski Helmet Use Isn’t Reducing Brain Injuries

Experts ascribe that seemingly implausible correlation to the inability of helmets to prevent serious head injuries like Schumacher’s and to the fact that more skiers and snowboarders are engaging in risky behaviors: skiing faster, jumping higher and going out of bounds.

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Ski Helmet Use Isn’t Reducing Brain Injuries

Experts ascribe that seemingly implausible correlation to the inability of helmets to prevent serious head injuries like Schumacher’s and to the fact that more skiers and snowboarders are engaging in risky behaviors: skiing faster, jumping higher and going out of bounds.

- The New York Times

A Good Night’s Sleep May Protect Against Dementia

In one study, researchers at the University of Rochester, in New York state, found that the brain sweeps away waste and toxins during sleep. In the other, researchers at  Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, found that poor-quality sleep is linked to the buildup of toxins that seem to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

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A Good Night’s Sleep May Protect Against Dementia

In one study, researchers at the University of Rochester, in New York state, found that the brain sweeps away waste and toxins during sleep. In the other, researchers at  Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, found that poor-quality sleep is linked to the buildup of toxins that seem to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

- AARP Blog

Dealing With Dementia During the Holidays and Keeping Life Merry

Now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Struble says that when caring for relatives with dementia: “You have to be prepared during the holidays to make adjustments to your plan.”

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Dealing With Dementia During the Holidays and Keeping Life Merry

Now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Struble says that when caring for relatives with dementia: “You have to be prepared during the holidays to make adjustments to your plan.”

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Multivitamins Don’t Prevent Cognitive Decline in Men

The researchers assigned nearly 6,000 participants over the age of 64 to a daily multivitamin or placebo regimen. Over twelve years, they assessed changes in participants’ cognitive function and found no significant differences between multivitamin and placebo users.

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Multivitamins Don’t Prevent Cognitive Decline in Men

The researchers assigned nearly 6,000 participants over the age of 64 to a daily multivitamin or placebo regimen. Over twelve years, they assessed changes in participants’ cognitive function and found no significant differences between multivitamin and placebo users.

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No. 1 Way to Lower Dementia Risk: Exercise

A 35-year study of 2,235 men in the UK finds that exercise is the biggest factor when it comes to reducing the risk of dementia, the BBC reports.

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No. 1 Way to Lower Dementia Risk: Exercise

A 35-year study of 2,235 men in the UK finds that exercise is the biggest factor when it comes to reducing the risk of dementia, the BBC reports.

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Music-based program may boost seniors’ brain function

A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors, suggests a new study from Switzerland. "The take-home message is that 6-months of music-based multitask training (i.e., Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics) - a specific training regimen which was previously shown to be effective in improving gait and reducing falls - has beneficial effects on cognition and mood in older adults," Dr. Mélany Hars, of Geneva University Hospitals, told Reuters Health.

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Music-based program may boost seniors’ brain function

A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors, suggests a new study from Switzerland.

"The take-home message is that 6-months of music-based multitask training (i.e., Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics) - a specific training regimen which was previously shown to be effective in improving gait and reducing falls - has beneficial effects on cognition and mood in older adults," Dr. Mélany Hars, of Geneva University Hospitals, told Reuters Health.

- Yahoo! Health