October 30, 2012 |
An omega-3 fatty acid plentiful in fish oil boosts the ability of healthy young adults, whose brains are already at their peak levels of speed and performance, to hold several items in memory for a short time, a study has found. The study is the first to suggest that fish oil might enhance cognitive performance in healthy people by boosting their working memory. The latest research adds to evidence of fish oil's beneficial neuropsychiatric effects: Supplementation with the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
March 13, 2012 |
When it comes to stroke, neurologists are fond of reminding us that "time equals brain. " What they mean is that, if you are experiencing any of the warning signs of stroke, the faster you get to the hospital, the more often physicians can take measures that limit the brain damage and long-term disability that stroke can cause. But apparently, Americans are not getting that message -- and it may be costing us brain cells we can ill afford to lose. A " Research Letter " reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
September 11, 2012 |
Heavy drinkers who consume three or more servings of alcohol per day are at increased risk of a type of stroke called an intracerebral hemorrhage - and they're more likely to have that stroke at an earlier age than patients who don't drink, scientists reported Monday. Writing in the journal Neurology , researchers from the University of Lille Nord de France reported that on average, heavy drinkers were afflicted with intracerebral hemorrhage - which is caused by bleeding in the brain and has a more dire prognosis than more-common ischemic strokes, which are caused by clots in blood vessels - 14 years earlier than people who were not heavy drinkers. People who drank a lot also were more likely to have a stroke deep in the brain, wrote neurologist Dr. Charlotte Cordonnier and colleagues.
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February 15, 2012 |
L.A.'s smog problem might not be as visible as it was in the bad old days of the 1970s and '80s, but city residents might be at an increased risk of stroke even at levels of pollution that meet EPA standards. Oh yeah, and memory loss. A new study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that Boston residents experienced more strokes when exposed to “moderate” amounts of particulate air pollution, as opposed to “good” amounts of pollution, according to EPA standards.
November 30, 2012 |
Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, suffered a minor stroke and was hospitalized late Wednesday, a family rep said, but by Friday was back to normal and cracking jokes, according to a family friend. Jackson, 83, went to a hospital in Las Vegas, his current hometown, after he had trouble standing up and walking and had pain in his head, spokeswoman Angel Howansky told the Associated Press. She said he called a friend for a ride to the hospital and was expected to be released Friday. "He's back to the regular Joe Jackson, cracking jokes and talking," family friend Rutt Premsrirut told the Las Vegas Review-Journal , which also said wife Katherine Jackson was en route to Vegas from her L.A. home.
July 22, 2011 |
One more reason to keep your glass half full: Optimists might be less likely to have a stroke. In new research, the more people believe good things will happen, the less likely they were to suffer a stroke within two years. Psychology researchers from the University of Michigan examined data from 6,044 stroke-free adults from the Health and Retirement Study. The adults answered how much they agreed with statements like “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best,” and two years later the researchers tracked which participants had suffered a stroke.