Fitness linked to heart health and then to brain health

Train your heart to protect your mind — New study links cardiovascular health to cognitive changes as we age – Exercising to improve our cardiovascular strength may protect us from cognitive impairment as we age. This is revealed in a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Institut universitaire de gératrie de Montréal Research Centre.

New method can diagnose pancreatic cancer with 97% certainty

Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy have now developed a method which identifies the Pancreatic cancer’s visible precursors with 97% certainty – Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy have now developed a method which identifies the cancer’s visible precursors with 97% certainty.

Excess body weight may affect brain part that controls memory, emotions, and appetite

Excess weight linked to brain changes that may relate to memory, emotions, and appetite – Being overweight appears related to reduced levels of a molecule that reflects brain cell health in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, learning, and emotions, and likely also involved in appetite control, revealed by researchers.

Mind wandering may lead to insomnia

Brain imaging study reveals the wandering mind behind insomnia — Study is the first to find functional MRI differences in working memory in people with primary insomnia – A new brain imaging study may help explain why people with insomnia often complain that they struggle to concentrate during the day even when objective evidence of a cognitive problem is lacking.

Breast augmentation a popular cosmetic surgery for women in US

5 Reasons that Breast Augmentation is the Top Cosmetic Surgery — Plastic surgeon Dr. Emily J. Kirby discusses why women choose breast enhancement with confidence – Year in and year out, breast augmentation continues to be a popular cosmetic surgery for women. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it has been the top plastic surgery in the United States since 2006.

Brain activity detected in MRI of Ariel Sharon ex Israeli PM

Ex-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon shows ‘significant brain activity’ — Israeli hospital officials say a comatose former prime minister has undergone a special brain imaging scan – After remaining in a vegetative state for seven years following a devastating stroke, former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has shown “significant signs” of brain activity, doctors have said.

Stroke becoming more common in young people

Study: Stroke becoming more common in young people – Stroke may be affecting people at a younger age, revealed by researchers. “The reasons for this trend could be a rise in risk factors such as diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol,” said study author Brett Kissela, MD, MS, with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

Language learning makes the brain grow better

Language learning makes the brain grow – At the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy in the city of Uppsala, young people with a flair for languages go from having no knowledge of a language such as Arabic, Russian or Dari to speaking it fluently in the space of 13 months. From morning to evening, weekdays and weekends, the recruits study at a pace unlike on any other language course.

Omega 3 fatty acids linked to aging and memory problems

Fish oil omega-3 fatty acids linked to brain health — A Diet Rich in Fish May Help the Aging Brain – A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities. Omega-3 fatty acids include the nutrients called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

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