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Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?

Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?

  Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age.   Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because mentally stimulating activities help build cognitive reserve. Cognitive… Continue Reading

The art and science of your beautiful brain.

The art and science of your beautiful brain.

  Self Reflected in violets. The entire Self Reflected microetching under violet and white light (photo by Greg Dunn and Will Drinker)   This is the most advanced artistic visualisation of the brain in the world. Dr Greg Dunn is an artist and neuroscientist and together with Dr Brian Edwards (artist and physicist) he created… Continue Reading

Does MEND reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

Does MEND reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

    In June 2016 a team from the Buck Institute of Ageing published the results of a small case series that used a technique called Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND) to treat people with various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the authors of the study, the results are ‘unprecedented‘. But is this description… Continue Reading

How to go with the flow.

How to go with the flow.

  White water kayakers and musicians experience it. So do video-gamers, rock climbers, and experienced meditators. If you’ve ever lost complete track of time or your sense of self when you’re engrossed in a satisfying task, chances are you’ve experienced it too. The optimal state of consciousness in which you perform and feel your best… Continue Reading

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

    Imagine this: thinking about exercise strengthens your muscles, even if you don’t move an inch. Mental imagery not only activates the same brain regions as the actual movement but also can speed up the learning of a new skill. Mental imagery and sports performance Mental imagery, mental practice, or visualisation is a technique… Continue Reading

Is brain fog during menopause real?

Is brain fog during menopause real?

  Women going through menopause often report memory problems or ‘brain fog’, alongside other symptoms. In this blog I take a look at the role of fluctuating hormones and their impact on the brain, and the cognitive changes that occur during this phase of life. Menopause, symptoms and causes Menopause marks the end of a woman’s… Continue Reading

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