Topic: Brain Health

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

9 Common ADHD Symptoms in Adults

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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Depression and Parkinson's
Jul 7 2015

Is there a link between depression and developing Parkinson’s disease?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Up to 60 percent of people who are living with Parkinson’s disease experience mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety. But a new study has found data that may suggest another connection between the diseases that could link being diagnosed with depression with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Understanding the research The... Read More

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clot remover saves stroke patients
Mar 31 2015

New hope for stroke patients

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. During the most common type of stroke, ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain, which can cause disability or death. But several recent studies have found that a new device that removes these blood clots can significantly improve stroke... Read More