Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher slept only four or five hours a night, and were proud of it. So is Donald Trump, who seems to wear it like a badge of honor. But both the former president and prime minister went on to develop Alzheimer's after they left office. Perhaps the current president should take [...]
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Did you know the position you sleep in may have a significant effect on how well your brain cleans itself out at night, and thereby protects your neurological health? We’ve talked in these pages about how removing excess waste products in your brain is critical for health. When this doesn’t happen, waste buildup can contribute [...]
Getting a good night's sleep is important for maintaining brain health. Poor sleepers tend to have a greater build-up of beta-amyloid -- the protein linked to Alzheimer's -- and perform worse on memory tests. The reason, scientists believe, is that sleep activates the brain's waste disposal system, allowing it to clear away debris, toxic proteins [...]
The part of your brain called the hypothalamus plays a central role in your daily life. It keeps tabs on your daily rhythms – regulating appetite, metabolism, sexual behavior, the release of hormones, and your internal temperature. When this part of the brain starts to slip, your memory can weaken. But there are ways you [...]
Driving is complicated. And dangerous. Roughly 43,000 people died in car crashes in the U.S. in 2021. And for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the joy of driving that was once a symbol of independence can become a point of contention with family members and friends. It begs the question, when should someone with [...]
For most of us, flickering lights and clicking sounds would drive us to distraction. But for people with Alzheimer’s, they could be a life saver. Studies in mice with Alzheimer’s suggest delivering these sensations in a specific way improves learning, memory, and brain function. Would it have the same effect in human patients? MIT scientists [...]
To suggest microbes that reside in the gut could impact the health of the brain was considered heresy just a decade ago. And yet today the gut-brain axis is well recognized. The connection is demonstrated in a new human study on depression. It’s one of the first to show that you can lift your mood [...]
When it comes to treating Alzheimer’s disease, the mainstream is of little help. They keep dishing out expensive drugs with risky side effects. Aducanumab, for example, was just approved by the FDA last summer even though it caused brain swelling in 30 percent of folks who took it. And the cost? $56,000 per year!1 You [...]
If you’ve ever forgotten to show up for an appointment or forgotten a name or a common word, you’ll likely understand the concern about whether this predicts a more serious memory problem, like Alzheimer’s disease. Of course, it’s normal to forget things periodically as we age. But serious memory problems make it hard to do [...]
It often seems to me that modern medicine suffers from a bad case of amnesia when it comes to remembering important and effective traditional ways to treat disease. A great example is one forgotten natural way to help memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Here’s the story… In the ancient world, early healers turned [...]