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Is Doing Housework Good for Your Brain?

By Craig Cox
Vacuuming and cleaning windows may help our cognition and attention spans, according to a recent study.
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Can Exercise Build Brain “Muscle”?

By Michael Dregni
Yes, according to recent research — and it might also help reduce the neuroinflammation connected with Alzheimer's.
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Coping With Ambiguous Loss

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
How do we find closure when we're not even sure the door has closed?
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PUMPING IRONY: Typecast

By Craig Cox
Can certain personality traits protect us from cognitive dysfunction as we grow old? New research holds out some hope, but I have my doubts.
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PUMPING IRONY: Unsettled by Snoozing?

By Craig Cox
Could regular daytime napping be a precursor to dementia — or even a sign that the disease has already taken hold? A new take on what has generally been considered a salutary practice creates some concerns, despite its caveats. I’m going to try not to lose any sleep over it.
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PUMPING IRONY: Desperate Measures

By Craig Cox
Biogen, the maker of the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, last week released the long-awaited results of two clinical trials — which promptly raised more questions than they answered.
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PUMPING IRONY: On Memory and Forgetting

By Craig Cox
Concerned about my septuagenarian friend’s sudden memory lapse, I was comforted by new research suggesting that a little forgetfulness may not be a bad thing.
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PUMPING IRONY: Alzheimer’s Research: Hope or Hype?

By Craig Cox
While the Medicare set awaits a final decision on coverage for Biogen’s controversial Alzheimer’s drug, a new study suggests seniors may get the same benefits from regular exercise. Both approaches, however, raise more questions than they answer.
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How Super-Agers Avoid Dementia

By Craig Cox
Genes play a role, but so do lifestyle factors, according to a recent study of centenarians.
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PUMPING IRONY: Prescription for Disaster?

By Craig Cox
The approval of a controversial Alzheimer’s drug has triggered a major increase in monthly Medicare premiums — and fresh concerns about the program’s solvency. I’m hoping it also sparks some new thinking about prescription-drug pricing.
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Fit for Life: You’re Never Too Old to Get Moving

By Michael Dregni
One of our greatest misconceptions is that we reach peak fitness when we're young, and then it’s all downhill. Here are fitness tips for life — no matter your age.
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PUMPING IRONY: Medicate or Meditate?

By Craig Cox
While Alzheimer’s patients wait to see if Biogen’s new drug will someday prove effective — and affordable — researchers continue to make a case for the healing powers of meditation.
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Can Aducanumab Help Treat Alzheimer’s?

By Michael Dregni
Many scientists and Alzheimer's researchers are not so sure.
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PUMPING IRONY: Foul Air, Faulty Brain

By Craig Cox
Raging wildfires and other sources of airborne pollution are threatening more than our respiratory and circulatory systems. New research is strengthening the link between air quality and dementia.
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How Fitness Can Improve Your Brain and Mental Health

By Michael Dregni and Maggie Fazeli Fard
Moving your body can help you sharpen your focus, improve your mood, and more.
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The Sleep-Memory Connection

By Craig Cox
Quality sleep may help prevent Alzheimer's, according to recent research.
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PUMPING IRONY: New Hope, Selectively Dispensed

By Craig Cox
The controversy surrounding the FDA’s approval of the first new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly two decades will do little to temper demand by desperate patients and their caregivers. It may also exacerbate racial disparities among those vying for the treatment.
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PUMPING IRONY: Parkinson’s: The Next Pandemic?

By Craig Cox
Cases of the debilitating neurological disease have been surging in recent years and some researchers suggest COVID-19 may accelerate the trend.
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The Health Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

By Laine Bergeson Becco
Why blending good food, healthy activity, and a spirit of conviviality is an enduring recipe for health.
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PUMPING IRONY: A Detour on the Road to Dementia?

By Craig Cox
The latest thinking on Alzheimer’s disease suggests we may slow its development with diet and lifestyle shifts, but a recent harrowing experience has me wondering whether my brain is already too far gone — or if I just need to pay better attention to what I’m doing.
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