Archive for February, 2009

IaState.edu – It is already established that the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins can substantially reduce the levels of the beneficial antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 in the body. Now research by an Iowa State University scientist suggests that statins may also lessen brain function by lowering the amount of cholesterol in brain cells. Yeon-Kyun Shin, a […]

For the hippocampus, a brain structure vital to certain types of memory, size is usually a good marker of memory function. Numerous studies have shown that a bigger hippocampus is usually better. Now researchers have found that elderly adults who are more physically fit tend to have bigger hippocampus size and better spatial memory than […]

JAMA / Archives – Taking a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid seems to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration in women, according to a report in the February 23, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, […]

JAMA / Archives – Women with higher intake of calcium appear to have a lower risk of cancer overall, and both men and women with high calcium intakes have lower risks of colorectal cancer and other cancers of the digestive system, according to a report in the February 23, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal […]

When participants performed a mentally fatiguing task prior to a difficult exercise test, they reached exhaustion more quickly than when they did the same exercise when mentally rested, a new study finds. The study also found that mental fatigue did not cause the heart or muscles to perform any differently. Instead, our “perceived effort” determines […]

UCLA.edu – Drinking at least three cups of green or black tea per day can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, a new UCLA study has found. And the more you drink, the better your odds of staving off a stroke. The study results, published in the online edition of Stroke: Journal of the American […]