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Air pollution linked to depession and suicideThe negative effects of polluted air on our physical health is well documented and emerging evidence is now highlighting the damage it can also cause to our #mental health. University College London have conducted the first systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence connecting air #pollution to a range of mental health problems. The team of researchers reviewed data from 16 countries, looking in detail at 25 studies published up to late 2017, the results have been published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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wod_brain-1It’s fair to say we carry many objectives regarding our wellbeing and health – to get more fit, lose weight, or better manage finances are common objectives. One is the management and maintenance of cognition. Memory and cognitive function becomes more significant with age. Many people seek natural support for the improvement of memory, and some therapeutic agents have more evidence than others for their ability to support cognition and memory.

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header-3b910cae-74f1-4559-8cef-25ede860f04eAcross the world there are chronic diseases affecting the lives of many, most of which are preventable or modifiable by appropriate lifestyle changes. Yet currently politicians are unwilling to legislate change, to force behaviours that in turn diminish the costs to the individual and to society.

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currentCoverSummary review by Antony Haynes BA, RNT, promoted by attendance to a lecture presented by Professor Dale Bredesen MD, Augustus Rose Professor, Director, Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, UCLA Founding President, Buck Institute

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A pilot study shows promise for age-related cognitive diseases

The results of the study appeared online October 10 in Neuroscience Letters.[1]

It’s well known that the brains of mediators change, but it’s not entirely clear what those changes mean or how the changes might benefit the mediator. A new pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre suggests that the brain changes associated with meditation and stress reduction may play an important role in slowing the progression of age-related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s.

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A presentation at the American Academy of Neurologys 64th Annual Meeting in 2012 suggests that simple tests performed in clinics may provide insights into future stroke and dementia risk.[1]

Simple tests such as walking speed and hand grip strength may help doctors determine how likely it is a middle-aged person will develop dementia or stroke.

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