Your Memory Is An Amazing Thing

Here’s How Your Memory Works

Memory is an astonishingly powerful thing. It allows you instantly call to mind events, emotions, songs, smells, first loves, first dates, and a thousand other things. In some senses, it is a mysterious thing. How can our brains call such powerful and vivid images to mind years after the fact?

While memory isn’t a physical object that can be studied like a plant or species of animal, we can analyze the cycle of remembering. Continue reading

Quackery: A Brief History Of The Worst Ways To Cure Everything

From doctors giving women orgasms to cure their ‘hysteria’ to cocaine to sooth toothache and tobacco enemas to revive drowning victims…

It was not unusual for Victorian women to be given orgasms by their doctors – in a bid to cure them of their ‘hysteria’, a common problem said to affect three in four.

Cocaine was also once used to soothe tooth pain – and was famously an ingredient in Coca Cola – while tobacco enemas were a form of first aid given to revive drowning victims in the 18th century. Continue reading

Glen Campbell… Himself ’til the End!

August 9, 2017: Late yesterday we heard of the death of musician, singer and performer, Glen Campbell. Of course I was well aware of his music and career – the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly. I did not go out of my way to listen to him often, yet many years ago I had a LIVE multi-hour concert which he had performed at the Royal Albert Hall in England – and yes – I did enjoy it.

Over the past few years we would hear little updates regarding the progress of his Alzheimers Disease, but what I was not aware of until this very day – is that his final tour was an amazing family journey – as well as a life lesson to all those who have either suffered, or have witnessed the suffering and ultimate death of friends or loved ones. Continue reading

Green-tea catechins found to protect the brain from cognitive decline

An active ingredient in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) was found to inhibit memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity, a new study concluded. According to a study that was published online in The FASEB Journal, EGCG, the most abundant catechin and bioactive component in green tea, can contribute to addressing neuroinflammation issues and brain insulin resistance that is triggered by a high-fat, high-fructose diet (HFFD). Continue reading

Hearing loss, diminished verbal fluency and hospitalizations can signal cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have identified hearing loss, verbal fluency and hospitalization as new factors that can provide clues about cognitive health and aid in early detection of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Spotting signs of cognitive decline is especially important, experts say, because drug treatments and prevention strategies are most effective at the earliest stages of dementia. Continue reading

Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Scientists discover two genes that cause the disease – and how to target them

A groundbreaking study has found two new genes which could be linked to Alzheimer’s.

Until now, these genes were seen as protectors, since they are part of the brain’s immune system.

However, scientists at Cardiff University have demonstrated that they can also create fertile ground for the neurodegenerative disease. Continue reading

Orange a day cuts the risk of dementia by a quarter

How tangy fruits could be a powerful weapon against condition

Eating an orange a day could slash the risk of dementia, a major study shows.

Daily intake of any citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes can cut the chances of developing the incurable brain condition by almost a quarter, it suggests.

The findings, by a team of scientists at Tohoku University in Japan, suggest that tangy fruits could be a powerful weapon against a disease that is emerging as a modern day epidemic. Continue reading

Extra-virgin olive oil prevents dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris

The oil is a key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower dementia risk.

Now scientists have discovered that olive oil reduces the risk of dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris.

Regularly eating olive oil can protect your memory and your ability to learn new things as you age, according to the new study.

The discovery has been hailed as an ‘exciting’ breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Adults with ADHD are more than THREE TIMES as likely to develop dementia

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than three times as likely to develop dementia as their peers, new research reveals.

Researchers studying 600 adults with ADHD over a 10-year period found they are 3.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those without the behavioural disorder.

The scientists said it is unclear why people with ADHD appear to be more prone to dementia. Continue reading

A ‘Sniff of Rosemary’ could boost the memory

The key to a better memory could be right under your nose.

The smell of rosemary boosts our ability to recall past events and remember what to do in the future, research claims.

It is thought a compound that gives the herb its distinctive smell –1,8-cineole – aids a brain chemical which is the key to memory.

The same brain chemistry is targeted by Alzheimer’s medicines, and researcher Dr Mark Moss, head of psychology at Northumbria University, says the plant has a ‘drug-like effect’. Continue reading

Getting lost could be the first sign of Alzheimer’s…

It may show up decades before disease is diagnosed, say researchers

Getting lost could be an early sign that Alzheimer’s disease might affect you later in life, according to new research.

The Prevent project, based at Edinburgh University, aims to understand early biological and clinical markers to identify risks in young people and to help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The study, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, suggests that poor navigational skills could be linked to the disease.

‘Alzheimer’s is considered to be a disease of memory but we now think from our early work that the difficulty people are really having – at least to begin with – is not to do with declining memories but to do with their declining ability to visualise the location of objects or themselves,’ said Karen Ritchie, one of the researchers, according to The Guardian. Continue reading

Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain’s decline in old age, study suggests

Regular low doses of THC dramatically boosted memory and learning in older mice, say scientists, who plan a clinical trial in humans later this year

Older mice given THC improved so much that their performance in tests matched those of healthy drug-free young mice – and benefits lasted for weeks after the infusions ended.

Researchers have come up with an unusual proposal to slow, or even reverse, the cognitive decline that comes with old age: small, daily doses of cannabis extract.

The idea emerged from tests on mice which found that regular, low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – impaired memory and learning in young animals, but boosted the performance of old ones. Continue reading