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Trans Fats May Hurt Memory
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November 20th, 2014
It might be difficult to carefully avoid all of the tasty foods that contain harmful trans fats, but now there's one more reason to try: A new study shows that this type of fat may damage memory in young people.
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Cocoa Compound Staves Off Memory Loss
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October 27th, 2014
Compounds called flavanols, which are found in cocoa beans may reverse the normal age-related memory decline that is normally seen in healthy older adults, researchers say.
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Being Curious Can Boost Your Memory
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October 3rd, 2014
Everyone knows it's easier to learn about a topic you're curious about. Now, a new study reveals what's going on in the brain during that process.
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From Birth to Death, Diet Affects the Brain's Health
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November 19th, 2014
Poor diets may adversely affect mental health in all stages of life, from fetal development through old age, a slew of new research shows.
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Mind Maze: How Your Memory Deceives You
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October 25th, 2014
Sci-fi loves to mess with memory, but memory misleads in real life, too.
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Neuroticism and Long-Time Stress Linked to Alzheimer's in Women
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October 1st, 2014
Women with the personality trait of neuroticism may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.
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Can People Remember Their Birth?
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June 5th, 2014
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Cholesterol-Lowing Drug Reverses Memory Deficit in Mice
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November 10th, 2014
A statin drug which is taken by millions of Americans to lower their cholesterol level may also reverse certain types of learning deficits, according to a new study in mice.
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Taser's 50,000-Volt Jolt Can Mess Up Your Brain
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October 10th, 2014
Can people think straight after getting tased with 50,000 volts? That burst of electricity can impair a person's ability to remember and process information for about an hour after the jolt, new research suggests.
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Memory Making Linked to Gene and Protein, Research Shows
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August 19th, 2014
Discovery of the Arc gene and its like-named protein is leading to breakthroughs in how memories form and are recalled as well as giving hope to developing treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s.
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