Early Fitness Predicts Better Memory in Middle-Age

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

At 50, some people have a better memory than others and experience less cognitive fog. Lifestyle factors may play a role in this variability. Specifically, physical fitness at 25 could predict memory performance in middle-age: the fitter, the better the memory. Continue reading

Test Your Skills with a Visual Brain Teaser

Want to test your visuospatial skills? Try this brain teaser published on SharpBrains.com by Dr. Michelon. A fun way to give neurons in your parietal lobes a good workout. Continue reading

Larry King Talks about The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

To watch the pro­gram, click HERE (in the US) or HERE (out­side the US). It will open a 28-min video, with Larry King inter­view­ing Dr. Gary Small, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains and co-author of The Sharpbrains Guide to Brain Fitness along with Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Pascale Michelon. Continue reading

Could Antidepressants Be Used to Slow Alzheimer Disease?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Anti-depressants ‘could slow onset of Alzheimer’s disease’ (BBC): Research into 23 people, and transgenic mice, found citalopram hampered a protein which helps to build destructive plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Scientists said they hoped the study could help prevent the disease.

How many hopeful titles like this one have you read recently in the media? Scientific results tend to get in the news very fast these days, especially as far as Alzheimer’s disease is concerned. Often, the research is only beginning and patients and their family should learn to be critical readers. Continue reading

People with More Education Recover Better From Traumatic Brain Injury

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Educated people appear to recover better from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). This suggests that education helps protect the brain. Continue reading

Are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

In the US, two-third of the people diagnosed with the disease are women. The reason why is not clear so far. Of course, women are more likely than men to live long enough to develop the disease.  But there may be other factors such as a gene (APOE4) or the hormone estrogen. This NPR story helps us understand this a little bit better. Continue reading

How Stress Can Affect Caregivers

Between juggling work and a personal life, many Americans who take on the role of family caregiver to older loved ones often experience a great deal of stress.  The cost of healthcare has become more expensive than ever, a fact which has caused more and more adult children to function as de facto caregivers for their aging parents and grandparents. Continue reading

Olympic Athletes Share Brain Training Tips

Athletes not only train their body to achieve physical prowesses but also their mind. Why such mental training? To “tune out distractions, reduce stress and anxiety and build the focus and stamina they need to achieve optimal performance”, as this Huffington Post article tells us.  Continue reading

12 Weeks of Brain Training Enhances Brain Health in Adults

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Brain training can improve performance by physically changing the brain. A recent study observed such changes in adults: only 12 weeks of brain training increased blood flow and enhanced functional and physical communication across brain regions. These changes were related to improved abstract thinking. Continue reading

Physical Fitness Boosts Kids’ Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Being physically fit is among the most relevant factors as far as brain health and performance is concerned. This is true at all ages. A new study further shows the importance of physical fitness in kids, demonstrating its beneficial effects on memory. Continue reading