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Eat These Foods Now for a Sharper Brain Later

Eat These Foods Now for a Sharper Brain Later

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Omega-3 fatty acids—DHA in particular—contribute to a healthy brain. “The brain’s membranes use these fats to improve cellular structure and brain signaling, which translates into better cognitive function,” says Vasanti Malik, ScD, a research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. DHA also quells chronic inflammation that can harm brain cells and lead to cognitive decline.Fish is the top source: Eating fatty fish (like salmon, sardines, mackerel, or trout) once a week can help slow cognitive decline and reduce Alzheimer’s risk, research suggests. You can also get omega-3s from walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed, and hempseed.Let's block ads! (Why?) Food - Health.com
Twice-dead star explodes 50 years later

Twice-dead star explodes 50 years later

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- It's the star that keeps on dying -- astronomers have discovered a star that's exploded several times over the last half-century.Scientists first noted supernova iPTF14hls in September 2014. The fresh explosion seemed like the average type II-P supernova. The glow of such explosions usually last for 100 days. This supernova remained bright for 600 days.When researchers examined archival observations of this specific spot in the sky, they found a 1954 explosion in the very same location.Apparently, the star suffered a fiery near-death explosion, survived, and then exploded again five decades later."This supernova breaks everything we thought we knew about how they work," Iair Arcavi, an astronomer at the University of California Santa Barbara and Las Cumbres Observatory, sai...
Childhood cancer survivor returns to hospital as nurse more than 20 years later

Childhood cancer survivor returns to hospital as nurse more than 20 years later

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This week, Montana Brown started working as a staff nurse in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a dream finally realized for the 24-year-old, two-time childhood cancer survivor from Atlanta. Brown is not just any new nurse at the AFLAC Cancer Center though, she's also a former patient there. Teacher snaps photo of cancer survivor on 1st and last day of school When she was 2 years old, Brown was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of childhood cancer of the connective tissue. She underwent chemotherapy for a year at the AFLAC Cancer Center. All the while, she said, her parents tried to help her have a normal life, watching movies while she was in the hospital. By the time, Brown reached high school, she had been active in competitive gymnastics and competitive cheerleading for years. The...
New study links C-sections with hysterectomy complications later in life

New study links C-sections with hysterectomy complications later in life

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A new study found that women who undergo a cesarean section delivery may have an increased risk of complications when undergoing a hysterectomy later in life. Women who have undergone one cesarean delivery had a 31.1 percent increased risk of re-operation after a hysterectomy later in life, when compared with women having only vaginal deliveries, according to the study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery journal. Meanwhile, women who have had two or more cesarean deliveries may have an even higher risk of a re-operation following a hysterectomy, researchers found. The study comes at a time when approximately one-third of all births in the United States are deliveries by C-section, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...
Veterans with traumatic brain injuries at risk for severe headaches years later

Veterans with traumatic brain injuries at risk for severe headaches years later

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TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 -- U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds.The study included 172 vets who served in Afghanistan or Iraq between 2 and 11 years before the study began. Half suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during deployment; half did not.A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Besides headache, it can lead to post-traumatic stress, depression and sleep disorders, as well as problems with thinking and muscle control, the researchers explained.The researchers assessed the number of vets with the worst headaches, which were described as "disabling" or "severe." A disabling headache was one so bad the veteran stopped all activity and was bedridden...