Mediterranean diet may slow cognitive decline, prevent Alzheimer's

A new review concludes that a Mediterranean diet is good for the brain, after finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease. Lead author Roy Hardman, from the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and his team publish their findings in the journal Frontiers in...

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Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation. The genetic study found that people with genes predisposing them to having lower levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, had a decreased...

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How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is also commonly known as manic depression or manic-depressive disorder. It is a long-term mental disorder that causes people to cycle between different moods and energy levels. These shifts in mood tend to range from feelings of being extremely happy and elated with a lot of energy and feelings of being down and depressed. These are known as manic episodes and depressive...

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Prebiotics could help treat exercise-induced asthma

Promoting beneficial gut bacteria through the use of prebiotics could help ease asthma caused by physical activity, shows a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions in the United States, affecting around 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children. The condition is characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways,...

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Brain aging accelerated by 10 years with midlife overweight, obesity

Being overweight or obese in midlife may age the brain by around 10 years. This is the finding of a new study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, the study revealed that middle-aged adults who were overweight had reduced white matter volume in the brain, compared with their lean counterparts. The research team...

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Being overweight makes brain '10 years older' than if you are slim

Being overweight in middle-age makes the brain age by 10 years, research by the University of Cambridge has found. The study, which scanned 473 brains, found changes in the brain structure of overweight people which are normally seen in those far older. The volume of white matter - the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows information to be communicated between regions - shrunk far...

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9 Ways To Make Yourself Smarter

I recently spoke with the technology journalist Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think. I came away with nine lessons on how we can improve our thinking and become smarter—with and without technology: 1. Spend Significant Chunks of Time Offline “I think it’s good to spend significant chunks of time offline. For example, I don’t check my email on weekends.  This means I’m usually...

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Why am I always hungry?

Your habits, surroundings and diet choices could all be driving your insatiable appetite. Too little sleep and too much stress can make you hungry. Watching TV can make you hungry. Your hormones and mood and even the wrong-sized fork can make you hungry. “Hunger is not as simple as needing food to meet physical needs,” says Aner Tal, a research associate at Cornell University’s Food & Brand...

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