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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Contrary to popular belief, a new study suggests that music training does not improve academic performance. 
 
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Habits are not set in stone, as there are biological pathways that researchers have explored that highlight how mindset can be beneficial in changing preexisting habits.
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Working memory development plateaus in the mid-to-late teens and can begin to decline after age 40. 
 
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Both REM and non-REM sleep contribute to visual learning and overall brain health. 

 
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Although lack of physical activity and exercise are known risk factors for serious health conditions, further evidence as to whether physical activity actually protects against cognitive decline has often been mixed and inconclusive, according to the current study.
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At the beginning of the study, participants completed a questionnaire about how often they took part in 5 types of mentally stimulating activities during middle-age, between the age of 50 and 65 years, or the age of 66 and older.
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Vitamin D is a neurosteroid responsible for brain maturation and growth, and stimulation of the most important antioxidant in the brain.
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A new study found that compared with non-drinkers, middle to older adults had better cognitive function.
 
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The dipeptide used in the study is the only known amino acid to make the trip from a mouse’s stomach to its brain intact, according to the study authors.
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Nutrients should come from food, but when that is not enough, vitamin supplementation is an option
 
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Insufficient sleep is prevalent among pharmacy students, and college students more generally, with studies showing that many pharmacy students in the didactic portion of the academic curriculum suffer from poor quality sleep.
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Tips for pharmacy professionals on how to best counsel patients who have concerns regarding their brain health.