Alzheimer’s – An Inflammatory Disease

One hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is the presence of beta amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain, which cause neurons (brain cells) to die. However, some people, whose brain autopsies revealed the presence of these plaques and tangles, had had no cognitive decline while they were alive, because they had no inflammation. Recent research… Continue reading →

Why Smartphones Dupe Our Brains

In the U.S., more than 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured every day in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver.1 Every year, almost a half million people are injured or killed in traffic accidents attributed to the combination of texting and driving. What is sad is that most or possibly all of these… Continue reading →

Reasons and Tips for Better Sleep

In a study using mice, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), researchers demonstrated that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out toxins that build up during waking hours. Almost every neurodegenerative disease- including Alzheimer’s- is associated with the buildup of toxic proteins… Continue reading →

The Cost of Lost Sleep

This blog post will discuss the benefits of sleep and the costs to health and productivity of insufficient sleep. The second part, coming later this month, will offer suggestions for getting more and better sleep. How many hours of sleep do you get per night? Most adults require seven or eight hours. Thirty percent of… Continue reading →

Mental Exercise Can Keep Older Adults Driving

A concern of both older and younger people is when to stop driving; older adults fear the loss of independence that comes with relinquishing a driver’s license, but their children and others fear the increased risk of accidents from slowdowns in mental processing and reaction time that accompany aging. Researcher Jerri Edwards, an associate professor… Continue reading →

Longevity Secrets from The Blue Zones

How many people in the United States live to be 100? According to census data, just 55,000 Americans reach 100; that’s .02% of us. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones (2008), along with anthropologists, demographers, epidemiologists and other researchers, identified five communities in the world with a disproportionate number of centenarians: Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa,… Continue reading →

New Way to Maximize Productivity!

A study conducted in Australia found that employees who walked 10,000 steps daily and also worked out in the gym three times a week were more productive on the job. Forty employees at the Melbourne branch of a large software company were given pedometers. One group was tasked with attaining a goal of walking 10,000… Continue reading →