Tag Archives: Memory

Phenolic Acids, Flavonoids, Champagne Consumption and Dementia Risk Reduction (NHS Choices / Antioxidants and Redox Signaling / BBC News / Bazian)

Summary Over-interpretation of a recent (2013) piece of animal-based research led some press commentators to insinuate that champagne / white wine consumption might have a role in reducing the risk of dementia in humans. The following NHS Choices Behind the … Continue reading

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Hooked-on-Music Game: Public Participation in Research (BBC News)

Summary Researchers associated with the University of Amsterdam have created an online music memory game to investigate the reasons why certain tunes are retained in long-term memory. Individuals are asked to identify popular song clips and compare these by their … Continue reading

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Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) for Community Cognitive Screening? (NHS Choices / Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences)

Summary A US study involving 1,047 people over the age of 50 assessed the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) test as a potential screening tool for mental decline. It was found that this simple and inexpensive pencil and paper test could … Continue reading

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Caffeine Pills Improve Long-Term Memory Consolidation (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Research published in Nature Neuroscience indicates that taking caffeine tablets following study can improve subsequent performance on memory tests, in healthy adults. Read more: BBC News. Caffeine pill could boost memory. Reference Caffeine pill ‘could boost memory’. London: BBC Health News, … Continue reading

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Intergenerational ‘Memories’? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Animal studies suggest that behaviour may be affected by events experienced by previous generations,  passed on through a form of genetic memory. This research may have relevance to the research and possibly, one day, the treatment of phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. Read … Continue reading

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More Sleep to Avoid Memory Loss? (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary A further critical appraisal of a dementia-related topic appearing in the news has been issued by the NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” team. Age-related shrinking in the prefrontal cortex is associated with impairment in the ability of older adults … Continue reading

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Mental Deterioration Starts in Mid-Life (BBC News / BMJ / Whitehall II Study)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012]. Summary Research at University College London indicates that the brain starts to deteriorate as early as 45 years of age. Researchers … Continue reading

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