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Science. First the studies say one thing and next day they contradict themselves. So here is the headline….”Tired Science Says Don’t Just Take a Nap or Drink Coffee…Do Both,” by MacLean Fitzgerald and published in Brain Foods on January 15, 2015. Huh??? Scientists have found that a  “coffee nap, “which means drinking coffee and immediately follow with as short nap

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Who was it who said getting old is not for the faint of heart? It’s true, isn’t it? Among some of the “ailments” we develop as we age, hearing loss and balance problems seem to be at the forefront. And when plagued by hearing loss, many people want to wait until it is bad enough to warrant a costly hearing

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So what is Alzheimer’s really? In 1906, Alois Alzheimer presented a case study of a female patient exhibiting loss of memory and other cognitive issues. An autopsy of her brain showed the buildup of proteins that are now known to be hallmarks of the disease. These proteins form clumps known as “plaques,” which appear to contribute to neuron death. There

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My current AARP magazine has a feature article on Alzheimer’s . I was fascinated by the “facts” and information about this condition and will spend the next 2 articles on transmitting the info to all of you. Like all of you, I think I know a lot about Alzheimer’s. I was humbled to know that I don’t know very much

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Beethoven’s deafness and its contribution to his composing great music has been discussed a lot over the past number of years. However, recent studies of his music suggest that he may have also had significant heart problems which accounted for some of the rhythms found in his music. Researchers for the University of Michigan and the University of Washington believe

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Continuing my harangue on research telling us what we may already know, here’s one for you. ”Your pain impacts your mood.” Duh. Isn’t that a no-brainer? According to this study, pain is closely tied to depression and anxiety. You think? In a paper published in the January 2014 issue of the journal PAIN, scientists reported the results of an analysis

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Oh dear. Do you ever wonder why specific research gets funded? I do all the time. Here’s one for you. “Your season of birth may influence your temperament.” According to a paper presented at the17th European College of Neuropsycholpharmacology Congress, the season in which you were born can play a role in determining your temperament. They analyzed the results of

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Oh boy. You’ll love this one. As the day wears on, we become less ethical. REALLY?? A new study suggests that our moral compass is more reliable when we face those decisions in the morning rather than in the afternoon. In a series of studies at Harvard and at the University of Utah, 327 men and women were studies to

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I have been rather focused on sleep this year since my own was so poor and I was so tired all the time.  So while reading my AARP magazine today, I came across another article about Brain Health and Sleep. Written by P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D. who is a member of the AARP Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Doraiswamy explained the

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Remember the cartoon from the Far Side where the man was disciplining his dog and would put the dog’s name into the conversation to make sure the dog was listening to him? The cartoon had the human words on one side of the panel and what the dog hears on the other side.  The dog heard….babababa Spot babababa Spot bababa

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