In a recent interview for the New York Times, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, offered some advice to older people to help them keep their cognitive skills as finely tuned as possible.
Challenge yourself, she urged, to learn new things on a regular basis – but don’t just do so casually. Study any new topic hard, until you feel tired, stymied and frustrated. This level of exertion, she added, is associated with increases in the ease of communication within the brain and, as a result, cognitive skills will be enhanced.
Worried that your smile isn’t as bright as you’d like it to be? Maybe you should think about what you put in your mouth.
A recent study shows that the colour of your teeth is greatly affected by your eating habits. You can stain your teeth by drinking coffee, smoking, and even by consuming foods that contain a high concentration of food colouring. Researchers also discovered many other things that can make teeth appear yellow, brown, or even greyish. While some individuals may suffer from overall discolouration, others may experience dark spots on their teeth. Each case of teeth discolouration differs in nature, and while most can be treated with cosmetic treatments, others may require the attention of dental practitioner.
Нaving even slightly high blood pressure in mid-life can dramatically increase your risk of dementia in later life, according to a major new study.
Researchers from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and University College London (UCL) recently found that the current threshold of high blood pressure – 140/90 mmHg – could be too high.
They found those with a blood pressure reading greater than 130/80 mmHg – which is only considered slightly raised – could still put you at a 45% increased risk of dementia, which is a known side effect of high blood pressure.
The importance of staying active in your senior years has been hammered home a lot in recent times with studies showing that those who exercise regularly reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and mental illness
Some over-50s may be put off taking part in sport by the idea that it is a young person’s game, with worries of excess physicality and the general concern of injury stemming their desire to take up a new pastime.
However, there are now more opportunities than ever to get into sporting activities in later life, with options encompassing choices for those who prefer team games, those who like life on two wheels and those who enjoy little more than a walk in the countryside.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, there’s a noninvasive way to reduce your pain and improve overall function: Lose weight, researchers say.
Since 2015, the National Institutes of Health has recommended that overweight or obese patients with knee osteoarthritis can reduce their discomfort by about 50 percent and improve their function and mobility by losing 10 percent of their bodyweight over an 18-month period.
• People lose 3% of their weight when they limit their eating to within eight hours
• Restricting eating windows causes people to eat 300 fewer calories a day
• Researcher says weight loss does not require people to eliminate foods
• She adds the 16:8 diet may be easier for people to follow than the popular 5:2
• More than one-third of adults in the US and 26% in the UK are obese
It’s no secret that the country is seeing rising costs in health care. Delaware is no exception.
In the fall, the state began efforts to reduce the amount of money Delaware spends on health care.
But what does that consist of? And who is making these decisions?
Here’s what you need to know about the state’s efforts: