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Banned Trans Fats Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: Study 23Oct
2019

Banned Trans Fats Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A diet high in trans fats could put you at increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Most trans fats were banned in the United States last year. But foods with...
How to Manage Your Osteoarthritis

How to Manage Your Osteoarthritis

20 October 2019
SUNDAY, Oct. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting about 31 million Americans, and is the leading cause of disability among adults. Known as OA, it causes pain...
SUNDAY, Oct. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting about 31 million Americans, and is the leading cause of disability among adults. Known as OA, it causes pain and other symptoms in joints, which can affect the ability to do everyday tasks. There's no known cure, but there are treatments that can relieve pain and maintain joint function, according to a rheumatologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Osteoarthritis is the thinning or wearing down of cartilage, which is the cushion between the separate bones in a joint," Dr. Francis Luk said in a health system news release. "When your doctor says you have arthritis, most often they are referring to osteoarthritis." The main risk factors are aging, obesity,...

Health Tip: Brain Games for Seniors

18 October 2019
(HealthDay News) -- Many doctors encourage seniors to use brain fitness games as a means to help deal with dementia, Alzheimer's and other cognitive diseases, says SeniorLiving.org. While research remains inconclusive, there appears to be a correlation between brain games and brain health. The website says brain games that may help seniors include: Memory games, such as Match and Simon. Word games, such as word searches and Scrabble. Electronic games, such as Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. Board games, such as Chess and Checkers. Interactive Wii and X-Box games. Trivia games, such as Trivial Pursuit.
More Years of Football, Higher Odds for Brain Disease Later

More Years of Football, Higher Odds for Brain Disease Later

10 October 2019
THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The more years football players play the game, the higher their odds of developing the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a new...
THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The more years football players play the game, the higher their odds of developing the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a new study finds. Adding to the growing evidence of the link between football and CTE, samples from the brains of dead pro and amateur players showed the risk for CTE went up with playing time. "While we don't yet know absolute risk of developing CTE among football players, this study found that the risk of developing CTE increased by 30% per year played," said researcher Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University's CTE Center. For every three years played, the odds for CTE doubled, and for those with CTE, every five years they played doubled the risk for severe CTE, the...
Can Your Eating Habits Keep Alzheimer's at Bay?
4 October 2019

Can Your Eating Habits Keep Alzheimer's at Bay?

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you hear the word diet, you might think only of weight loss. But a lifestyle diet can bring even greater benefits. One option that belongs on your radar is the MIND diet created by researchers at Rush University in Chicago. MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It's a hybrid of those two heart-healthy diets, both of which reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. In initial studies, the MIND diet offered a huge additional benefit -- lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease by up to 53% in participants who stuck to it rigorously and by about 35% in those who only did so moderately well. But the key is to start now, no matter your age, because it seems like the...
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