Category Archives: Brain health

Sleep disorders in Alzheimer’s disease: chicken or egg?

The sleeping brain Sleep has a vital restorative function, important for optimal day-time functioning. The brain’s activity during sleep can be detected with a device called electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures and records the electrical activity in the brain. EEG studies … Continue reading

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Education protects against age-related decline in brain size

Like I told you in this post here, our brain begins to shrink in our thirties and continues to do so progressively faster throughout our lifespan. One brain-structure that seems to be especially sensitive to the impact of aging is … Continue reading

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Are bilingual brains healthier?

Being truly bilingual, that is speaking more than one language on a regular basis, has its advantages. Aside from the practical ones, such as possibly being more employable, there are other perks. Bilingualism appears to be brain-friendly. As previously discussed … Continue reading

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Moderate consumption of alcohol may protect your brain

Long term alcohol abuse can lead to brain shrinkage (both gray and white matter), impairment of mental capacities and dementia. Conversely, moderate alcohol use seems to have positive impact on brain function. Structural brain changes The long-term effects of alcohol … Continue reading

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Can we slow down aging by eating less?

Like you saw here, excessive calorie consumption appears to accelerate the aging process in the brain, in addition to increasing the risk for several chronic diseases. Conversely there is evidence that restriction of calorie intake delays the effect of aging … Continue reading

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Old brains, young brains and healthy brains.

In Gulliver´s Travels (1726) Jonathan Swift described the darker side of very advanced age. The immortal Struldbrugs of Luggnugg did not enjoy the everlasting wisdom, knowledge and happiness that Gulliver longed for himself. Rather, they all lost their memory, forgot … Continue reading

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Can smoking protect you from Alzheimer’s disease?

The results of studies on the association between cigarette smoking and Alzheimer’s disease have been contradictory through the years. Earlier case-control studies suggested an inverse relationship between smoking and Alzheimer’s disease, i.e. that smoking seemed to have a protective … … Continue reading

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