Strict adherence to healthy diet protects against cognitive decline.

Yet more data from clinical research show the importance of a healthy diet. In a study called “Healthy eating and reduced risk of cognitive decline,” Canadian researchers looked at 27,860 subjects from 2 completed large trials in which a dietary questionnaire was completed at the beginning of the trial. The researchers wanted to determine if […]

Healthy lifestyle factors: Line them up, knock them down.

In a post a few weeks ago called “Play your cards right – avoid a stroke!” I wrote about a study from Sweden on women subjects that showed that 5 healthy habits led to a lower risk of stroke. Here’s a similar study in men. In another Swedish study called “Primary prevention of stroke by […]

Tough job? Look on the bright side!

I really like the concept of cognitive reserve when it comes to dementia.  In yet another example of this idea, German investigators looked at the effect of challenging occupations in a study called Differential effects of enriched environment at work on cognitive decline in old age, published in Neurology. In the study, 1054 subjects age […]

Purpose in life associated with lower risk of stroke.

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Brothers Karamazov” Having a purpose in life turns out to play a significant part in health including reducing the risk of stroke. A purpose, a goal, a meaning, something to live for – […]

The risk of PTSD after a TIA

An article from Germany, published in the journal Stroke last year called Increased prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in patients after transient ischemic attack. looked at the important issue of PTSD after a TIA.  It truly can be a life-changing, scary event when the body suddenly malfunctions.  It’s easy for doctors and medical staff to […]