It’s Stroke Awareness Month!
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want you to be aware of the most common stroke symptoms, and know what to do if you see them.
The five most common symptoms, which tend to come on suddenly, are:
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially when on just one side
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The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day.
Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain
“It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.”
The author is referring to a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The … read on
Tomorrow night at 10pm, PBS is premiering a documentary about the history and treatment of bipolar disorder: Ride the Tiger—A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain.
It’s hard to find a family that hasn’t been affected by this condition, yet it’s still poorly understood and challenging to diagnose and treat.
The show looks at genetics, diagnosis and treatment, and features many highly accomplished people living with … read on
I’ve previously posted that Nexium and similar acid-reducing drugs, the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack .
Now, a new study has confirmed a connection between PPIs and dementia.
The patients receiving regular PPI medication…had a significantly increased risk of incident dementia compared with the patients not receiving PPI medication…
The avoidance of PPI medication may prevent the development of dementia.
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A couple years ago my state, Washington, legalized pot.
It’s been a boon for tax revenue, for sure (almost $83 million in the first year). And the state reports that it has saved millions of dollars by freeing up law enforcement resources.
Judging from the lines in front of the pot stores (green crosses are everywhere!), pot is really popular here, across a wide range of ages.
But … read on
I like playing the brain games of Lumosity online and on my phone.
I like puzzles and words games in general, and Lumosity offers a fun and convenient way to play and keep track of my improvement in a variety of challenges.
I’ve never paid the costly $15 a month subscription, because I’ve never bought into the idea that playing these “brain games”—Lumosity calls it “brain training”—by themselves is enough … read on
November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
It’s hard to find anyone who isn’t aware of—and scared of—dementia**. Or who hasn’t had a family member or friend stricken by it.
Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that damages not only the individual, but family and friends, as well, especially the primary care giver—most often the spouse.
Adding insult to injury is the incredible cost of getting help. A recent study published in … read on
A few weeks ago I posted about some simple ways to deal with stress and panic attacks, and I mentioned that I had received an adult coloring book from a friend and thought it was a great way to focus and relax my mind.
Bottom line on top: Adult coloring books are inexpensive yet effective tools for mental relaxation.
Apparently other people think so, too!
I just read this … read on
I know so many people taking antidepressants. And they talk about it quite openly, with me and with each other.
“What are you taking? Zoloft? Oh, I tried that but didn’t like it. Celexa works better for me.”
I’m sure none of these people went to his or her (mostly her) doctor and got a prescription for no reason whatsoever. But it’s pretty hard to deny that antidepressant use in … read on
I read a disturbing bit of news a couple of weeks ago: Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults.
A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed antipsychotics, a new study suggests.
In particular, it appears they’re being used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a condition for which the powerful drugs are not approved.
The study mentioned was recently published in the … read on