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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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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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The smoking brain

Smoking has been associated with increased risk of vascular disease, including vascular dementia and stroke. Smokers have poorer blood supply to the brain and have an increased risk of damage to the brain as a result of interrupted blood flow … Continue reading

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High blood pressure can slowly and quietly damage your brain

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. During each heartbeat, blood pressure varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure. If this pressure rises and … Continue reading

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Train your mind on the treadmill

If you are middle-aged or older and feel your mental capabilities are beginning to decline, do not despair, there is something that can make a big difference – exercise rigorously and regularly! In my last posts I discussed physical exercise … Continue reading

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