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Archive for the ‘Brain Health’ Category

Heart Disease Risk Factors Affect Brain Function

New research published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke shows that brain function in young adults may decline as their risk factors for heart disease increase. Lead author Hanneke Joosten, M.D., a nephrology fellow at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands states that while people think that risk factors such as smoking and obesity are bad for the heart, they are not aware that these are also bad for the brain. The study included around 3,800 participants aged 35- to 82-years who underwent mental function tests that measured their ability to reason, plan and initiate and […]

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Video Game Improves Older People’s Mental Skills

Older adults can improve their mental speed and agility by playing a simple video game called “Road Tour,” a study shows. Study author Fredric Wolinsky, a professor of public health at the University of Iowa reports that although brain plasticity starts slowing down by the age of 30, the brain can be trained to regain its abilities and take them to higher levels. The study involved 681 healthy individuals aged 50 and above who were split into four groups. One group was assigned to do computerized crossword puzzles and the other three groups were asked to play the video game […]

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Researchers led by Kaisu H. Pitkälä, MD, University Helsinki, Finland report that regular exercise may help slow down the physical function deterioration in patients with Alzheimer’s disease who live at home. The results of the randomized Finnish Alzheimer Disease Exercise Trial (FINALEX) also showed that exercising can reduce the patients’ risk for falls without increasing health care costs. The researchers note that while previous studies have shown the benefits of regular exercise in dementia patients staying in nursing homes, this new study shows that exercise intervention can help patients and their families maintain their way of life longer without increasing […]

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Raising Smarter Kids

Intelligence may be determined by the genetic material one inherits, but many studies show that it can be enhanced by the environment and by certain health habits. This is why many parents and educators use brain games like riddles, crosswords, and chess to train children to perform mental exercises. These activities can promote skills in problem-solving, strategic thinking, and decision-making. Researchers at the University of Toronto also found that children who take music lessons have better academic performance and higher IQs. Aside from mental exercises, research shows that promoting healthy habits like eating breakfast every morning improves children’s memory, learning, […]

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Foods that Boost Mental Health

Various studies suggest that happiness and mental well-being may be affected by what people eat. In particular, research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables, which are known for their antioxidant properties, benefits mental health and boosts one’s sense of well being. Researchers at Dartmouth and the University of Warwick found that people who eat the most fruit and vegetables daily considered themselves as significantly happier and more satisfied with their lives than people who eat lesser amounts. Their analysis on the eating habits and moods of 80,000 British adults, the well-being score for participants who ate 7-8 servings of […]

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