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Mental Health

Why Do Women Develop Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline More Than Men? Hormones Might Be the Reason

alzheimers affects women more than men 199x300In Mosconi’s study there was 85 female and 36 male subjects with an average age of 52 and no known thinking or memory issues. Throughout the study brain scans were performed on the men and women to determine the levels of Alzheimer’s-associated beta-amyloid plaques (“sticky” protein pieces that clump together in the brain, indicative of Alzheimer’s disease); volumes of gray and white matter; and the rate at which the brain metabolized glucose. The metabolization of glucose by brain cells gives scientists an indication of brain activity. Women Score Worse Than Men in All Cognitive Measurements Unfortunately, women scored the worst...

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Scientists Report that Enzyme Aromatase has Big Impact in Healthy and Injured Brains

HGH docs 124 300x200An enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen appears to have a significant impact on a healthy and injured brain, scientists report. There's a growing body of evidence that in the healthy brain, aromatase, and the estrogen it enables neurons to produce, help keep our minds sharp and flexible. Now scientists are learning that with injury, aromatase and estrogen expression seem to shift to cells in the brain called astrocytes. These cells support and nurture stressed brain neurons, said Dr. Darrell Brann, Regents' Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia...

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A New Look at Stress…it is Not Always as Bad as it Seems

stressed woman 300x218You hear the same mantra, over and over again, almost daily and seemingly from everywhere. Stress kills. We're chronically overstressed. We must deal with and reduce stress. It's true that excessive pressure causes a plethora of problems that are harmful to both our mind and body. And it's also true that in today's 24/7 connected, rapidly changing, shrinking, crisis-filled world, we are subjected to a constant bombardment of “stressors” (circumstances that are stressful). Also, there has never been a time in recorded history where stress just seems to be increasing, at a maddening pace, without a break. However, remember this:...

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What Is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely. Not sure if you or...

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What You Can Do NOW To Improve and Keep Your Memory

confused elderly person 300x200Alzheimer’s disease. Among baby boomers, this is the most dreaded disease imaginable. In fact, the very word causes many aging people to shudder in apprehension. When it comes right down to it, our minds and memories are what separate us from animals, and to lose the ability to reason is to lose our humanity, in a sense. Also, Alzheimer's is not the only predator lurking in the aging recess of our minds. Amnesia, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and just plain old forgetfulness are all lying in wait to take their toll...and a terrible toll it is. Lapses in name recall...

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