Alzheimer’s Disease & the Mediterranean Diet

It has long been thought that the Mediterranean diet (consisting of fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, cereals, and a higher ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats) may reduce the risk of developing dementia or experiencing cognitive decline. Previous studies have demonstrated that this diet is actually associated with individuals retaining more brain volume and cortical […]

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Later Retirement’s Positive Effect on Cognitive Function

As global populations and life expectancy continue to rise, there is increasing concern about the occurrence of neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, etc.). For most of these diseases, there is no cure, and so it is key to understand what affects and influences cognitive function over an individual’s lifetime, with a specific focus […]

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The Benefits of Exercise: A Possible Mechanism

It’s a well-known fact that exercise improves health. Whilst decreasing the risk of basically all chronic illnesses – including type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological conditions – exercising also improves our mood, helps us better manage stress, leads to better mental health, lowers our overall risk of mortality, and the list of the […]

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The effects of complex trauma on later development

You might recall, we have introduced some of the concepts underlying the effects of childhood trauma or adversity on the adult brain in the past. However, there is (like most literature on this subject) more to learn! In a recent cohort study at King’s College London, the researchers investigated whether different types of traumas imply […]

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How Isolation Impacts our Information Processing and Memory

A study has shown that the repetitiveness of daily life, during quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic, has affected individuals’ memory and cognitive ability. A recent study on a large sample of Italian individuals during a coronavirus lockdown last year, found that the increase in mind wandering and distractions was a common consequence. A professor from […]

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