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Further proof that increasing your muscle strength can improve your brain

weight training

If you think that you’re too old to start weight training, it’s time to think again as researchers from the University of Sydney have just added further weight to the idea that improving your muscle strength can also improve your brain’s ability to function. From their recent trial, the researchers found that adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), were able to improve their ...

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How some older people manage to retain their memory and ability to think


A new study by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital has revealed why some older people are able to retain their ability to think and recall memories. By using imaging techniques, the researchers were able to see that so-called ‘super-agers’ had brains which exhibited youthful characteristics normally seen in people in their twenties. While some memory loss is considered to be ...

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Scientists identify two new areas of the brain associated with ALS

ALS Brain Scan

Scientists from the University of Bath have identified two regions in mouse brains where the gene that’s implicated in ALS is expressed, giving hope that we’re one step closer to finding new treatments and a possible cure for the disease. There is currently no cure for ALS which is more commonly known as Motor Neurone Disease . This is the ...

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Designer protein created which may offer new hope for finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s


Scientists from the University of Sussex have designed a new protein which may give us a better understanding of why nerve cells die in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s already known that people with Alzheimer’s disease have an accumulation of sticky amyloid beta proteins which clump together to form fibrils within the brain. It’s this build-up that causes the brain ...

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Earliest signs of Alzheimer’s may involve changes to the blood flow in the brain

Blood Flow

Canadian researchers have carried out a study that suggests that changes to the blood flow within the brain may be one of the earliest indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which was carried out at the Montreal Neurological Institute, used samples from over 1000 people who were part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. The participants were allocated into one ...

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Excessive sleepiness may cause your brain to shrink as you age


Do you find yourself constantly drifting off to sleep during the day? Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have found that cognitively normal older people who report excessive sleepiness during the day exhibit more brain atrophy than those people who don’t experience this type of fatigue. Results based on data from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging The ...

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Scientists identify a mechanism that cleans the brain


While we all know how important it is to keep our environment clean if we want to stay healthy, did you know that our brain also needs regular cleaning? According to scientists from Spain’s Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, the University of the Basque Country and the Ikerbasque Foundation, their recent research has enabled them to identify the mechanism that ...

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Scientists find a new tissue marker for Parkinson’s disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Being able to accurately diagnose Parkinson’s disease and Dementia with Lewy bodies can prove to be very difficult during the early stages of the diseases. While it is possible to diagnose both by performing a brain biopsy, due to the risk of complications this is not a viable option, and both diseases are usually diagnosed via an autopsy following death. ...

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