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Copper eases toll of Alzheimer’s

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain disorder characterized by progressive loss of cognitive abilities. Increasing evidence suggests the mineral copper may be associated with the progression of the disease. In a study from Saarland University in Germany, researchers compared the copper levels and cognitive abilities of 32 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Their analysis [...]

Ginkgo Helps MS: Study validates what many MS suffers have said for years

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Findings by Oregon Health & Science University scientists appear to back up what many multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers have long thought: The herbal supplement ginkgo biloba helps reduce symptoms of the neurological disorder. A new study suggests that ginkgo may be effective in improving attention in MS patients with cognitive impairment. Its lead author, Jesus [...]

Tea for Memory? Regular cups could help improve brain recall

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

A team of researchers found that green and black tea inhibit the activity of certain enzymes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings may lead to the development of a new treatment for a disease that affects an estimated ten million people worldwide. The research team from Newcastle University's Medicinal Plant [...]

Mind Mineral? Iron status as baby may influence mental abilities later

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Teens who suffered iron deficiency as infants are likely to score lower on cognitive and motor tests, even if that iron deficiency was identified and treated in infancy, a new University of Michigan study shows. Researcher Betsy Lozoff, who has studied iron deficiency for nearly three decades, followed Costa Rican children who were diagnosed with [...]

Improve mental function with iron

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Young women who took iron significantly improved their attention, short-term and long-term memory, and their performance on cognitive tasks, even though many were not considered anemic when the study began, according to researchers at Penn State University. The study was the first to examine the impact of iron supplementation on cognitive functioning in women aged [...]

B for the Brain: B-12 linked to risk for memory problems among elderly

By | June 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Among healthy people over the age of 75 who have the genotype associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s, low levels of vitamin B-12 are associated with significantly worse performance on memory tests. Scientists already knew of a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease, and that low levels of two B vitamins — B-12 and folic acid [...]