Being optimistic could prevent dementia, new study suggests
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(Alice Clifford/ Independent UK) — Managing your emotions better could help to slow the ageing process, according to a new study.

Negative emotions, anxiety and depression are thought to promote the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. Scientists say that is because prolonged negative emotions can modify  …

The importance of mental fitness & keeping your brain in shape
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(Erica Roth/ Healthline) — Physical fitness gets plenty of attention, and for good reason. A healthy body can prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and help you maintain independence as you age.

Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and shouldn’t be neglected. Including  …

Eating lots of ‘ultra-processed’ foods could harm your brain
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(Steven Reinberg/ US News) — Chips, pizza, cookies: Delicious, but a diet full of ultra-processed foods like these may contribute to brain deterioration, researchers report.

Ultra-processed foods have lots of added and unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and preservatives. Examples

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Scientists find strong evidence that lowering blood pressure prevents dementia
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(Shyla Cadogan/ Study Finds) — Although modern medicine has found some connections, scientists still don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle when it comes to dementia onset. However, a new international study of over 28,000 people may help clear up some of that confusion. Researchers say their findings provide the most  …

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  …

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