Topic: Brain Health

brain injury
May 15 2018

What you need to know about traumatic brain injury

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more common than you may realize. Worldwide, about 50 million people each year experience this type of injury. These injuries range in severity and can be caused by a bump or blow to the head, a jolt to the head that causes the brain to twist or bounce against the... Read More

risk of alzheimer's disease
Jan 31 2017

5 lesser known symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Family Caregiving  •  By Susan Walker

You’re probably familiar with the most common symptoms that may point to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and some other types of dementia: Memory loss, especially being unable to remember newly learned information and asking the same questions over and over Trouble planning or problem solving Problems completing familiar tasks such as driving to... Read More

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Stroke risk
Nov 15 2016

More young people are having strokes: How to protect yourself

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

While most people don’t think the young suffer strokes, a recent study found that an increasing number of people between the ages of 25 and 44 are actually having strokes. The simple fact is the rate of people 25 to 44 hospitalized for an ischemic stroke, the most common type, increased by 44% but actually... Read More

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Lower your risk of cognitive impairment
Aug 16 2016

Lifestyle changes may reduce your risk of cognitive impairment

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Cognitive impairment—problems with memory, focus, language, and the ability to multitask—affects millions of older people in the U.S. Many assume that these problems are a natural result of aging, but several studies have found that there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make that may lower your risk of cognitive impairment or slow... Read More

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How attitude affects healthy aging
Jul 26 2016

Healthy aging: Studies identify a new link to longevity

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Healthy aging depends on many different factors, from your genetic makeup to lifestyle choices, such as exercise, weight, and stress management, and health problems and illnesses you develop over your lifetime. There is, however, another factor that researchers have found may have a significant impact on your health and how long you live—your attitude about... Read More

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Protect your family from mosquito-borne illnesses
Mar 1 2016

How to protect yourself from Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

Zika virus is the focus of a great deal of attention in the media and from researchers around the world. While the virus is a concern for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future, there are also several other mosquito-borne illnesses that you should also be aware of. We... Read More

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9 factors that may increase Alzheimer's risk
Oct 20 2015

How to combat the 9 factors that could raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

There are about 5.3 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 33 million worldwide. As the U.S. population ages, the number is projected to increase 40 percent and reach 7.1 million people in just 10 years. But the findings of a recent study suggest there are steps you can take... Read More

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adult ADHD
Sep 24 2015

Could you have adult ADHD?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the first image that probably springs to mind is a young child squirming in his seat or racing from activity to activity. But that’s not the only face of ADHD. Experts estimate that approximately 8 million American adults also live with ADHD, though very few of... Read More

transfats affect on memory
Aug 4 2015

Eating trans fats may harm your memory in the prime of life

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

You probably know that eating foods high in trans fats can raise your “bad” cholesterol level, lower your “good” cholesterol numbers, and increase inflammation in the body. But a recent study uncovered another reason to cut trans fats from your diet—they could have a negative impact on your memory. The study, led by Beatrice Golomb,... Read More

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managing migrains
Jul 14 2015

What you need to know to manage migraine better

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

If you’re among the 36 million people in the U.S. who have migraines, you know that it’s important to learn what you can do to manage these often debilitating headaches. Working with your doctor, you can develop a personalized plan to manage migraine triggers, reduce the frequency of these attacks and find treatments that provide... Read More

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