Sleep and cognition

It goes without saying that sleep is important.  Some people need more than others and the rare person can perform well mentally on low amounts of sleep routinely.  (I envy those people!) Recently, two articles looked at sleep and cognition.  The first was called Sleep and cognitive decline: A prospective nondemented elderly cohort study, and looked […]

Cardiovascular health may prevent cognitive decline.

The term “synergy” may be overused in the business world but in medicine, we’re still ok with it. I always like to point out ways to affect more than one area with a single effort.  One of my favorite examples is that many migraine preventives also help with sleep or with anxiety.  But that’s another […]

Mediterranean diet improves brain appearance.

I’ve recently written on physical activity and brain appearance: Another study shows exercise may make the brain look better. Physically fit people have better looking….. Brains! Now I came across an article on brain appearance in adherents to the Mediterranean diet.  Published in the journal Neurology late last year, Mediterranean diet and brain structure in a multiethnic […]

Another study shows exercise may make the brain look better.

In a post from last July, I reported that people who performed best on a treadmill test for physical fitness, also had better looking brains with less atrophy – or shrinkage. Another study has a similar finding.  The report called Longitudinal Relationships between Caloric Expenditure and Gray Matter in the Cardiovascular Health Study looked at physical fitness […]

Physically fit people have better looking….. Brains!

Physical fitness may certainly help a person look good on the outside. But a new study in Neurology found that fit people have better looking brains as well. In a study called Cardiorespiratory fitness and brain volume and white matter integrity, researchers studied 565 middle-aged adults (average age 45), starting by measuring their degree of […]

SSRIs and risk of brain hemorrhage – some encouraging data.

Mention risk of bleeding with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications and many doctors will look at you quizzically.  I don’t think it’s well-known.  There is an association with gastrointestinal bleeding in particular:  SSRI medications (like aspirin) lower effectiveness of platelets and also increase stomach acid. There has been a question as to whether SSRI’s […]

Some new information on migraine and changes on brain MRI scans

It is very common for a brain MRI report to say something like:  “There are scattered white matter T2 and FLAIR hyperintensities in both hemispheres.  These findings can be consistent with microvascular ischemia, demyelination including multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, lupus, viral infections, migraine, trauma, amongst other entities.  Clinical correlation is advised.” Basically, this means that […]