After a successful launch on the pediatric inpatient units, the Journals of Hope Program has expanded into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where patients and families can find strength and hope through the power of writing.
Shedding those extra pounds may not only improve your health and appearance, it may also boost your ability to respond to memory training, new research suggests. Scientists followed about 2,800 older adults with an average age of 74 for 10 years, recording the body mass index (BMI) of participants and comparing the performance on cognitive tests of participants who received memory training.
The researchers found that memory training was only one-third as beneficial for participants who were obese as it was for those who were normal weight. Although the reason for this difference is not clear, the study’s lead author pointed to growing evidence of a link between obesity status and brain function, including imaging studies that have linked obesity with more rapid loss of hippocampal volume—a possible explanation for the reduction in capacity for memory gains in older adults with obesity.
“Other work has shown that weight loss can lead to improvements in memory function,” said Daniel Clark, lead author of the paper, which was published in the journal Obesity. “Addressing dementia risk factors like obesity at any age is important, as recent science indicates a life-course cumulative risk.”
This article originally appeared in Mind, Mood & Memory, a publication of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to maintaining mental fitness from middle age and beyond.
- Patient Education
- Jan | 21 | 2021
With recommendations to stay at home this winter to help stop the spread of COVID-19, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, offers insights on SAD and how to stay well at home this winter.
- Dec | 9 | 2020
Parenting is always a balancing act and raising a child with a chronic illness poses extra challenges. Watch this video to discover ways to prevent, recognize and manage emotional distress that can improve the health of the entire family.
- Dec | 4 | 2020
In this recent presentation, Kristina Skarbinski, MSN, FNP-BC, describes both common and uncommon symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She then outlines management strategies including lifestyle modifications, types of medicine and surgical options.
- Nov | 24 | 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the delivery of mental health care. In addition, there is increasing evidence of a sudden need for mental and behavioral health care. As a result, there has been a quick expansion of telemental health.
- Nov | 12 | 2020
¿Se siente estresado por la pandemia? Descubra cómo las técnicas de atención plena y estos hábitos saludables para su mente pueden ayudar
En este seminario, Tanzi compartió algunas formas en que los clínicos—y todos los que sufren problemas de salud mental inducidos por la pandemia—pueden practicar la atención plena.