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Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can reduce health care utilization and costs

Posted February 16, 2014

A new study is the first to show decreases in health care utilization and costs following brief treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI). Results show that sleep improved in 86 percent of insomnia patients who completed at least three sessions of CBTI. In the six months following treatment, health care utilization decreased and health care-related costs were reduced by more than $200 on average among treatment completers.

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Cognitive training significantly improves mental functioning

Posted February 9, 2014

As people age, they often experience a decline in their mental functioning, but new research shows that a brief course of cognitive strength training can improve an older adult’s ability to reason and increase their processing speed for up to 10 years.

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Nutritional supplement improves cognitive performance in older adults, study finds

Posted February 7, 2014

A neuroscientist and gerontologist team up to investigate the effects of a antioxidant-rich nutritional supplement on the mental performance of older adults without impaired memory. An initial clinical trial indicates that the supplement, including blueberries and green tea extracts, improves cognitive processing speeds.

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Higher vitamin D levels associated with better cognition and mood in PD patients

Posted January 17, 2014

A new study exploring vitamin D levels in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) opens up the possibility of a new avenue of early intervention that may delay or prevent the onset of cognitive impairment and depression. The findings are published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

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Mediterranean Diet Slows Cognitive Loss

Posted November 15, 2013

The type of diet older patients adhere to may affect cognitive outcomes, especially among patients at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, researchers reported here.

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Mediterranean diet may protect against cognitive decline, depression and stroke: Meta-analysis

Posted October 29, 2013

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may contribute to the prevention of a variety of conditions linked to the aging brain, including cognitive decline, depression and stroke, say researchers.

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Lowering blood sugar could help prevent cognitive declines: Study

Posted October 25, 2013

People with higher blood sugar levels are more likely to have memory problems, according to new research that suggests reducing levels of blood sugar could help to protect against cognitive declines.

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Omega-3 intake linked to higher cognition in infants, toddlers and young children

Posted October 16, 2013

Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, developmental cognitive neuroscientist with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the NC Research Campus, has research findings that prove just how critical fatty acids are to the cognitive development and cognitive functioning of infants, toddlers and young children.

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Mediterranean diet may have cognitive benefits, review finds

Posted October 7, 2013

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may be associated with better cognitive functions and lower rates of cognitive decline, a systematic review of the evidence reveals.

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Chicken Meat Extract Improves Cognitive Function and Brain Health

Posted August 26, 2013

A component of chicken meat may improve cognitive or mental function, claims a recent study. An aqueous extract of chicken called the essence of chicken that is produced under certain conditions is known to improve cognitive performance in terms of working memory, attention and episodic memory. The extract is rich in protein and antioxidants.

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