Down Dog it, Migraine Warrior!

We need all the angles we can come up with to fight against migraines, especially when they are frequent and hard to treat. In a study from researchers in India called Effect of yoga as add-on therapy in migraine (CONTAIN): A randomized clinical trial, subjects with migraine and 4-13 headache days per month were randomized […]

Stay one step ahead of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition of the brain, affects about 1% of people over the age of 60. The symptoms range from a mild non-disabling tremor to more troublesome symptoms like slowness, troubles with motor movements and troubles with balance leading to falls. It’s known that there are some prodromal – or early – symptoms […]

Cognition by numbers

Here’s some numbers for you. In a study called Exercise for cognitive brain health in aging: A systematic review for an evaluation of dose, researchers performed what is called a meta-analysis of many studies on exercise and cognitive decline to see if they could determine a “dose” of exercise that is required to make a difference.  They […]

Exercise is an important part of stroke prevention

In a very important trial called Aggressive medical treatment with or without stenting in high-risk patients with intracranial artery stenosis (SAMMPRIS): the final results of a randomised trial, we discovered how powerful medication can be to prevent a second stroke due to a certain serious condition involving narrowing of arteries inside the brain.  Cholesterol buildup inside […]

Exercise to improve cognition.

A small study published in the journal Neurology in November 2016 showed preliminary evidence that a regular exercise routine may help cognition in subjects diagnosed with mild dementia felt to be due to the second most common cause of dementia.  While dementia of the Alzheimer’s type is the most common, Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VC I) comes […]

I’ll gladly exercise now to avoid a stroke later.

It’s fairly obvious that physical fitness is good for many reasons.  Cardiorespiratory fitness that comes from regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke.  But in most studies it’s hard to separate the effect of fitness from other risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.  The person who […]

Physical activity delays cognitive decline.

In this article, called Leisure-time physical activity associates with cognitive decline, published in the journal Neurology, researchers followed a sample of almost 900 subjects to see how much their participation in physical activity correlated with decline in cognition.  The subjects had a complex battery of cognitive testing called neuropsychological testing, carried out by PhD neuropsychologists, at baseline and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stand up more to improve Parkinsons symptoms.

My Apple Watch registers each time I stand up and if I make it through the day standing at least once an hour, it beeps to congratulate me. It turns out that in people with Parkinsons disease, just getting up regularly through the day and doing some non-strenuous activity may help improve motor skills more […]