Cardiology

Maintaining heart health may protect against cognitive decline

People with a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease have increased cognitive decline, including an increase in typical markers of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that monitoring and controlling for heart disease ...

Neuroscience

Raw or cooked: This is how we recognise food

Do we see a pear or an apple? The occipital cortex in our brain will activate itself to recognise it. A piece of bread or a nice plate of pasta with sauce? Another region will come into play, called the middle temporal gyrus. ...

Neuroscience

Exercise activates memory neural networks in older adults

How quickly do we experience the benefits of exercise? A new University of Maryland study of healthy older adults shows that just one session of exercise increased activation in the brain circuits associated with memory—including ...

Neuroscience

How we discovered that brain connections shape memories

Reliving and sharing our personal past is part of what makes us human. It creates a sense of who we are, allows us to plan for the future and helps us form relationships. But we don't all remember our past in the same way. ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Can Alzheimer's disease steal one's consciousness?

Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been characterized as a "complete loss of self." Early on when memory begins to fade, the victim has difficulty recalling names, their grocery list or where they put their keys. As the disease ...

Neuroscience

Study finds that eating seafood once a week may slow memory loss

Eating a meal of seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people, according to a team of researchers at Rush University ...

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