Brain Health

The Pharmacy Times® Brain Health resource center provides clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.

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High blood pressure may be an accelerant of cognitive decline in middle-aged and older adults, according to research published in Hypertension.
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Multiple large-scale studies have suggested that menopause is a sex-specific risk factor for cognitive dysfunction independent of aging and other menopause symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and hot flashes.
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Individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries have an increased risk for cognitive deficits that resemble the deficits associated with the aging process.
 
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Pharmacists can identify drugs that cause problems, guide selection, and recommend treatment strategies.
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A new study indicates cheese is the most protective food against age-related cognitive problems.

 
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The researchers familiarized mice with objects and gave them doses of melatonin and the 2 melabolites 1 hour later, followed by a test on their memory the next day.
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The papers in the special issue highlight the research team’s focus on understanding the experiences of caregivers of persons with TBI and illustrate the team’s ability to efficiently capture those experiences through a tool known as TBI-CareQOL Measurement System.
 
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Delirium was the sixth most common presenting symptom in all patients, suggesting the clinical importance of including delirium on checklists of presenting signs and symptoms for COVID-19.
 
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A recently published meta-analysis by the UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is the first-ever to explore the use of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness-based interventions for the effective treatment of chronic concussion symptoms.
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Using multiple languages may help to protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline. 
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A brain circuit that is critical for maintaining motivation may be responsible for a decline in learning as people age.
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Maintaining brain health is especially important in the senior population, because once brain cells die, dementia typically follows.