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Fatty food weighs down muscles and memory
 
Pumping Neurons: Exercise to maintain a healthy brain
The evidence is growing that moderate regular exercise boosts memory and other brain functions and may help prevent age-related declines.
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How Parkinsonís disease affects the mind

It’s not just a movement disorder. Besides causing tremors and other motion-related symptoms, Parkinson’s disease affects memory, learning, and behavior.

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Creative healing: art therapy for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
As medical science races to cure dementia, storytelling and other creative activities promise a better quality of life for the millions already diagnosed.
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Medicate Your Memory
Glossary
Cortisol
 
Cortisol is a hormone secreted in the adrenal gland. It helps the body respond to stress. During stress, the body's "fight-or-flight" response makes sure that plenty of energy is available to systems like the heart and muscles by temporarily decreasing energy to other ongoing functions in the digestive system, the immune system, the reproductive system, and so on. In the short term, this is natural and desirable. However, prolonged stress can lead to overproduction of cortisol which can cause long-term suppression of the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infection.

by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain