Category Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

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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Hormone replacement therapy and hippocampal volume

Historically, women´s health has been neglected in medical research. Much has improved in the past three decades (e.g., The Women´s Health Initiative Study) although we still can do better. One area of research that is bound to be female-oriented 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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Stress and hippocampal size

“How our bodies respond to stressors to a large effect determines our overall health.” (Frodle & O´Keane, in press). The seahorse is a delicate little thing. So is its cerebral namesake. The hippocampus, which is the scientific name of the … 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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