Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Every autumn weekend in the US, thousands of youngsters as young as 5 years old strap on their pads, lace up their cleats and get after each other on the football field. However, fewer and fewer of them are playing tackle football. Parents are concerned about concussions, brain injuries and brain damage. Proponents of the… Continue reading Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

9 Science-based Reasons to Drink Coffee

I have a confession to make. I love coffee! When my alarm goes off and I don’t smell the wafting joy of auto-brewing coffee in the kitchen, there’s truly some glory missing from that morning. There’s something about that aroma that says “it’s going to be a good day.” Interestingly, people have been having similar… Continue reading 9 Science-based Reasons to Drink Coffee

Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

Dementia Risk Doubled After Stroke

People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted. The University of Exeter Medical School led the study which analyzed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world. The link between stroke and dementia persisted… Continue reading Dementia Risk Doubled After Stroke

Camu Camu: The Next Weight Loss “Miracle” Fad

Have you heard of Myciaria dubia yet? Well, that’s the formal name for the adorable little Amazonian berry. You might be more familiar with it as camu camu, or maybe even cacari. It’s a berry that grows in trees on the riverbanks of South American countries, most notably Peru and Brazil. The trees, in the… Continue reading Camu Camu: The Next Weight Loss “Miracle” Fad

Dementia in retired NFL and NHL players

New University at Buffalo research is adding important information to the body of knowledge about the cognitive and behavioral status of a group of retired professional athletes who spent their careers in contact sports. The study findings, from UB’s Healthy Aging Mind Project, were published today online before print in the Journal of Head Trauma… Continue reading Dementia in retired NFL and NHL players