Cold sores increase risk of dementia

Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. “Our results clearly show that there is a link between...

The periwinkle path to mental renovation

Vinpocetine is derived from the vinca alkaloids found in periwinkles (the little blue flowers, not the little snails also called “periwinkles”). Discovered in Hungary in 1976, vinpocetine’s value for treating brain disorders was quickly appreciated in Eastern Europe...

Alzheimer's may begin in liver

The plaques, believed to be characteristic of the debilitating Alzheimer’s disease, starts in the liver rather than in the brain, a new study says. Amyloid, the main substance in brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s, originates from the liver, not the...

Sick With Worry?

You’re probably familiar with the insidious effects of stress on your sleep quality and its link to anxiety and depression. Now growing body of evidence suggests that stress can take a physical toll, too, damaging everything from your heart to your immune...