Long before you routinely forget where you left the keys or why you walked into a room, the wheels of cognitive decline could be turning in your brain, setting you on a course to eventual dementia.
But dementia is not inevitable, experts say.
Several new and recent studies strengthen the case for prevention strategies that you can employ starting right now — no matter how old you are — to improve your chances of staying sharp down the road.
“The underlying process related to cognitive decline starts in early adult life, and probably even earlier,” Walter Willett, MD, a professor…
Suppose a simple test could give you a hint of your risk of developing dementia in years ahead. If you were found to be at high risk, would you change some habits known to affect that risk? Perhaps stop drinking, or eat better, or start exercising?
Such a test has been, well, tested, and it seems to work pretty well, at least in a new study involving 4,164 people who were 59 years old on average.
I happen to be 59, and to be frank, the risk of dementia has been on my mind for several years now. I’m not…
You’ve heard that improving your diet can make you healthier and help you live longer. Nothing new there. But now scientists have estimated down to the minute the benefits of swapping out just 10% of your bad food choices for healthier items. While it’s hard to know how literally we should take the conclusion, I’m now chastising myself over that Spicy East Coast Italian sub I ate in secret at Jimmy John’s the other day (please don’t tell my wife).
So here it is: Substituting the likes of fruit, veggies, nuts, or beans for the equivalent of one lousy hot…
Dane McCarrick knows that if left to fester, stress causes not just mental anguish but physiological changes that lead to sundry health problems. So when stressed, McCarrick employs part of a pre-planned strategy by disengaging himself from the worrisome thoughts and putting them off for consideration at a less chaotic time when, presumably, he’ll have a clearer head.
“Usually, by that point in time the thing I was getting myself worked up over didn’t even happen anyway,” he says.
Here’s a little reality many of us don’t want to hear: Alcohol is really bad for us in pretty much any quantity at any age. There, I said it. And yes, you may argue that a stiff belt or two helps you relax in the evening or that a good meal isn’t complete without a glass of wine or that beer is one of the main food groups. I’ve been right there with you for years, pinning my hopes on these delightful illusions to justify one, or one too many, on a regular basis.
But our rose-colored drinking glasses are…
New research pours more evidence into a percolating pot of proof that coffee appears to be quite good for most of us. Data from 468,629 people in the U.K. across several years revealed that up to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day is linked to a lower risk of heart disease and death compared to no coffee, and even more daily intake doesn’t pack any serious health risks.
Several other studies in recent years have reached similar conclusions, showing that coffee offers some protective effects and few if any serious side effects beyond jitteriness and insomnia in some folks.
Updated Aug. 30, 2021, the day after Ida made landfall in Louisiana
Whenever a major hurricane rears its ugly eye and threatens landfall, I’m simultaneously awed by the colossal force of nature and worried about the people in the storm’s path. Nearly 30 years ago I began researching and reporting on hurricanes, ultimately getting inside the head of one terrifying but fictional storm to explore the science of hurricanes, the psychology of people affected by them, and to illustrate how unprepared our nation’s coastal regions were (and still are!) in the face of the annual threat.
Throughout much of modern medicine, scientists thought respiratory viruses that caused the cold, flu and other infectious diseases were transmitted almost exclusively by close contact, coughs and sneezes, and from door handles and other surfaces. The same logic, though already considered flawed by some experts because it was based on research done in the 1930s, was applied to the coronavirus in the early days of this pandemic.
Covid-19 fueled a flurry of research that led to the widespread recognition last year that the coronavirus is airborne and that the primary means of spread is from virus particles big…
Sex might happen most often in the dark, but new research shines some encouraging light on one way to potentially boost romantic passion: Get some sun. Both of you.
Exposure to bright artificial light may boost testosterone levels and sexual satisfaction in men, past research has suggested. And because sunlight can boost alertness and energy levels, other researchers have suggested catching some rays might increase sexual activity. But there’s not a lot of research on the topic.
A new study, in mice and men and women, finds exposure to lab-produced, sun-like ultraviolet radiation (UVB, specifically) boosts attraction and sex activity…
People who know me will probably say I’m a pretty productive person, working long hours, weekends, holidays. It’s a disease. Like many Americans, I’m lousy at taking vacations or disengaging from work even for a few waking hours, let alone a few days. I have a lot to do, after all!
Turns out I also have a lot to learn about the dangers of constant productivity.
Taking time off work to relax and rejuvenate — the defiant act of being utterly unproductive — is vital to mental well-being, to happiness, new research finds. Considered from another angle in different studies…