Salsa is smart: Latin dance may boost your aging brain
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(Cara Murez/ Healthday) — Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory.

In the study, a Latin dance program was offered to more than 300 Spanish speakers over four years at 12 different  …

Brain scans reveal key sign of Alzheimer’s onset before symptoms begin
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(Study Finds) — Brain scans discovering a key sign of cognitive decline could help doctors spot Alzheimer’s before symptoms ever begin, a new study reveals. Scientists with the Radiological Society of North America have linked increased volume in a brain region called the choroid plexus to greater cognitive impairment.  …

A high-fiber diet may reduce the risk of dementia
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(Matthew Solan/ Harvard Health) — Fiber is known for keeping your digestive system healthy and lowering cholesterol levels. Now, study findings suggest it also may protect the brain from dementia.

The study involved approximately 3,700 healthy adults, ages 40 to 64, who completed routine dietary surveys for 16 years.  …

Montreal study finds increased cancer and tumour risk due to wildfires
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(Daniel J Rowe/ CTV News) — With wildfires in Quebec already exceeding 10-year averages in size and quantity, a new study out of Montreal suggests the health of those living near are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer and brain tumours.

Quebec’s forest fire protection agency (SOPFEU) reports seven active  …

Hang in there, parents: Brain science shows teen annoyance part of normal development
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(Michelle Ward/ Toronto Star) — As many mothers of young children are celebrated with homemade cards and sticky kisses for Mother’s Day, moms of teens may be wondering why their kids just seem irritated by their presence.

“My daughter is the best eye roller in the world. I think most things I do annoy her,” says Katherine Henderson,  …

How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes
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(Science Daily) — The research, published in Brain Sciences, tested how open monitoring meditation — or, meditation that focuses awareness on feelings, thoughts or sensations as they unfold in one’s mind and body — altered brain activity in a way that suggests increased error recognition.

“People’s  …

Even mild COVID can cause brain shrinkage and affect mental function
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(Sarah Hellewell/The Conversation) — Most of what we know about how COVID can affect the brain has come from studies of severe infection. In people with severe COVID, inflammatory cells from outside the brain can enter brain tissue and spread inflammation. There may be changes to blood vessels. Brain cells can even have  …

Remember COVID? Why many of us are suffering from brain fog
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(Adam Hussain/ Healthing) — As Canada reopens amid loosening pandemic restrictions, some people are finding it hard to recall words or names or compute things in their heads. Maybe you don’t remember all the steps to your morning routine anymore or your child’s teacher’s name.
 
Approximately 600 million people
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The Wordle craze: Why do we love puzzles, and are they good for our brains?
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(Penny Pexman/ The Conversation) — In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of five-letter words, and are newly aware of concepts like letter frequency and letter position as they strategize about the best  …

In a first, scientists find the brain region linked to the clitoris
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(Rohitha Naraharisetty/ The Swaddle) — The joke goes that the clitoris, the body’s most sensitive erogenous organ, is hard to find in general. A familiar and sad refrain is cis-men are clueless about how to navigate bodies that aren’t similar to their own. But it turns out, science was lagging behind too, in a manner

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