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How to nurture a healthy brain for life (Part 7 of Your Brain at 100)

How to nurture a healthy brain for life (Part 7 of Your Brain at 100)

This is part 7 of a series of lessons in brain health from our elders — those folk who lived the longest and healthiest. Click here to download the entire series as a PDF   Dementia, memory loss and cognitive decline are robustly related to old age, and AD is one of the leading causes… Continue Reading

Can we predict who will reach 100? (Part 3 of Your Brain at 100)

Can we predict who will reach 100? (Part 3 of Your Brain at 100)

Can we predict who will receive a telegram from the Queen? Are centenarians grown-up versions of the exceptionally resilient ‘dandelion children’ I’ve described in previous articles? Is longevity simply a case of good genes? Can we predict which child will live till 100? When writing my book, I put these questions to Professor Richie Poulton,… Continue Reading

The emotional teenage brain is developmentally normal.

The emotional teenage brain is developmentally normal.

Most scholars agree on three facts about the teenage brain. Brain structures continue to change between childhood and adulthood. Grey matter volume peaks at puberty then declines throughout adolescence and into the twenties. White matter volume increases throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Girls’ brains mature slightly faster than boys’. This sex difference in brain… Continue Reading

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