Tag Archives: BBC Health News

Precise Transcranial Brain Stimulation Improves Working Memory? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Working memory (short-term memory) declines with age, but it appears that a new technique involving transcranial brain stimulation may have some potential for helping to restore working memory to levels typical of more youthful individuals. “The results provide insight … Continue reading

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The Estimated Health Impact of Poor Diets (BBC News / Lancet / NHS Digital)

Summary Poor diet has been estimated to be a bigger killer than smoking. Malnutrition (resulting from poor quality diets) may play a role in one in five premature deaths world-wide; an estimated 11 million people. The most dangerous diets contain: … Continue reading

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No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Hippocampal Neurogenesis Life-Long (BBC News / Nature Medicine)

Summary Contrary to popular belief, the creation of new brain cells persists throughout life (in the hippocampus at least); although the rate of neurogenesis may decline with old age, and fall massively in Alzheimer’s Disease. Full Text Link Reference Gallagher, … Continue reading

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Smell Test for Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary Parkinson’s Disease has a distinctive odour for certain gifted individuals, which has been analysed chemically and may now be replicated for automated detection by machine. This may, in future, permit earlier diagnosis and open the possibilities for timely treatments … Continue reading

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Mushroom Consumption Associated With Small Decrease in Risk of Developing Mild Cognitive Impairment (BBC News / JAD)

Summary Eating mushrooms more than twice a week appears to be associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). “Our cross-sectional data support the potential role of mushrooms and their bioactive compounds in delaying neurodegeneration”. Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Associated With Small Increased Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Digital)

Summary Research from Finland discovered a 9% to 17% increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease in women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for more than 10 years. The public has been advised not to be overly concerned, as absolute risk … Continue reading

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