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An Education Is No Defense Against Alzheimer’s, But Learning Is Still Good for the Brain

There is little that is known for sure in the realm of Alzheimer’s research, and what we do know seems like it’s always changing. Case in point: It used to be that having an education was considered a defense against Alzheimer’s. But new research is showing that presumption might not be the case.

Feed Your Gut to Help Your Brain

Head to toe you are about 37 trillion human cells, give or take a trillion. You are also about 37 trillion bacteria cells.   I hate to break it to you, but you are half human, half bacteria.

An Alzheimer’s epidemic is coming. Here's how to prepare

The greatest emerging risk to women’s health can be summed up in this stark statistic: Every 65 seconds in the United States a new brain develops Alzheimer’s. Two-thirds of them belong to women, and no one knows why that is.

Could Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?

People with dementia show a different makeup in the bacteria dwelling in their guts, a preliminary study finds -- raising questions about whether the "bugs" play some role in the brain disease.

What’s good for your heart is good for your brain

With all the talk of hearts this month, let’s take a look at how heart health affects your brain. It turns out what’s good for your heart really is good for your brain. Since the heart pumps blood through every vessel in your body, it makes sense. 

Lowering blood pressure may help cut risk of early dementia, study finds

Lowering blood pressure to 120 reduces risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, a common precursor to Alzheimer’s, study says.

Could a Common Gum Disease Bacteria Kickstart Alzheimer’s?

Could taking care of your gums and teeth lower your risk for Alzheimer’s later in life? Maybe, according to a new study that found a link between gum disease and dementia.

Along with shave and a haircut, this dementia-friendly barber offers 'a bit of dignity’

At 17, Lenny White worked in a care facility in his native Northern Ireland, washing dishes and serving food. He found he had a knack for talking with dementia patients.

An Expert’s Secrets to a Better Night’s Sleep—And a Healthier Brain

We know some of the harmful effects of sleep deprivation, including an increased risk of getting into a car crash or even developing Alzheimer’s. But what happens inside of a sleep-deprived brain?

How to Live Well With Dementia, According to Science

A dementia diagnosis is devastating. While some patients given a dementia diagnosis can enroll in clinical trials that might provide a drug to slow down the progression of the disease, most are told those five words that would fill anyone in a doctor’s office with a sense of hopelessness: “There’s nothing we can do.”