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What science reveals about keeping the mind sharp and the memory intact into old age: Helpful hints and advice on staying alert and healthy.

Air Pollution May Raise Dementia Risk

Can dirty air be bad for the brain? A new study suggests that smog and other air pollutants may contribute to memory loss and dementia. The findings, part of a large and ongoing study of nurses in their 70s, found … Continue reading

How Crossword Puzzles May Keep Alzheimer’s Away

Reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles and solving challenging puzzles may be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study shows how mental stimulation may protect the brain. The study, from researchers at the University of California, … Continue reading

Nicotine Patch Sharpens Memory in Those With Mild Cognitive Impairment

Many people use a nicotine patch to help kick the smoking habit. But wearing a nicotine patch may also help to sharpen memory and thinking skills in those with mild cognitive impairment, a new study suggests. Memory problems are a … Continue reading

Eating Fish Can Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Eating fish has long been linked with heart health. Now new research adds to growing evidence that fish is good for the brain as well. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that people who ate baked or broiled fish … Continue reading

Depression Heightens Dementia Risk in People With Diabetes

Depression is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Diabetes, too, has been linked to an increased Alzheimer’s risk. Now, a new study shows that having both diabetes and depression raises the risk of developing … Continue reading

Early Treatment May Be Key to Alzheimer’s Vaccine Success

Scientists have long sought to develop a vaccine that may prevent the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But so far, vaccines have had limited benefit and proved potentially dangerous, sometimes triggering life-threatening inflammation in the brain. Now, researchers say … Continue reading

5 Nutrients May Promote Brain Health

Can what you eat help to protect the brain, and possibly help ward off Alzheimer’s disease? A growing body of evidence suggests nutritional factors can influence brain health, including a new report linking certain nutrients to good cognitive health. Researchers … Continue reading

How Exercise May Ward Off Alzheimer’s

A daily walk or jog may help to ward off the memory loss of Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests, particularly in people at increased risk of the disease. The study, which appeared in the Archives of Neurology, was among the … Continue reading

Rating Your Health as Poor Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

Would you rate your health as fair or poor? You may be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Seniors who rated their health as poor or fair were at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other … Continue reading

Cataract Surgery Can Ease Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Elderly men and women with mild Alzheimer’s disease and cataracts can benefit from cataract surgery, a new report shows. The surgery led to improvements in thinking, sounder sleep, better mood and other benefits. “We wanted to learn whether significant vision … Continue reading