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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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Mayo Clinic researchers in Rochester, Minnesota report that a balanced intake of calories derived from carbohydrates, protein and fat is important to maintain optimal mental function in the elderly. A high carbohydrate diet may increase their risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mental decline while a high fat and protein diet may lower this risk. Author Rosebud O. Roberts, MD, ChB, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic believes that a balance in the intake of these macronutrients plays an important role in brain function, although this concept is not yet very clear. The study which was recently published in the […]

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Secondhand Smoke Leads to Memory Problems

Recent research supports reports from the World Health Organization that people who are exposed to secondhand smoke can experience serious consequences on their health. This means that even people who have never smoked themselves can suffer from health problems if they inhale other people’s tobacco smoke. Dr. Tom Heffernan, a researcher at the Collaboration for Drug and Alcohol Research Group at Northumbria University, says that their findings suggest that secondhand smoke exposure is associated with deficits in mental function. The new British study found that people who live with or spend a lot of time with a smoker are at […]

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DHA Supplements for Weight Loss

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that is essential to the healthy function of cells. Studies have shown that there are many health benefits associated with the intake of these fats such as cardiovascular health, cognitive function, memory, vision quality, bone health, fertility, cancer prevention, and inflammation reduction. However, its role in metabolism is less understood. DHA has been shown to aid in weight loss and maintain proper weight. Studies show that DHA inhibits the accumulation of triglycerides within stored fat, and helps prevent fat cells from expanding in size by changing multiple gene signals, a factor […]

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How Green Tea Aids Memory

Scientists have found out how green tea, a popular beverage with known health benefits, can impact cellular mechanisms in the brain that could boost one’s memory. Professor Yun Bai from the Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China led a team which focused on EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate), an organic extract with antioxidant properties that comes from green tea. Although previous studies have shown that his antioxidant benefit heart health, the investigators wanted to find out if it also works against age-related degenerative diseases, such as those affecting the brain. Using laboratory mice to determine if EGCG increased brain cell production and […]

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