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For people with irregular heartbeats, the anti-clotting medication warfarin can prevent strokes. But, combined with other medications over a long period of time, it may cause other health problems.
Mental games can help keep brains sharp, but warding off dementia that can occur in old age may take more than that. New research examined whether a vitamin supplement could help.
Researchers have long debated whether a single brain injury can raise a patient's risk for dementia. And new research suggests that it might.
High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 US adults and is tied to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and other serious conditions, reports the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). But high blood pressure in midlife may also forecast mental decline later.
A moody and high-stress lifestyle in midlife, particularly coupled with prolonged periods of distress, might do more than affect how a woman feels day-to-day. It could also play a part in the development Alzheimer's disease.