How Heat Affects Brain Health

We’re expecting a hot summer here in Northwest Arkansas! Excessive heat can have health effects, especially for more vulnerable populations like young children. High temperatures can also affect brain health. How can you prepare for the hot weather and stay safe? Heat and the brain Our brains don’t function as well in very hot weather. […]

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: What’s New?

Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than six million Americans, as well as their families and caretakers. Experts at the CDC predict that this number will grow to 14 million by 2060. At this point, there are some treatments that can help with some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but there is no cure.  However, researchers are […]

Alzheimer’s and the Simple Seven

Is Alzheimer’s disease mostly genetic, or do lifestyle factors make a difference? A new study found that “the Simple Seven” make a difference, even for people who are at high genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  What is the Simple Seven? The American Heart Association has identified what it calls “Life’s Simple Seven,” or LS7, a set […]

Understanding Brain Tumors

A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells growing inside the brain. Brain tumors may be cancerous or benign. Either way, the brain doesn’t have extra space available for tumors to expand. This means that they can be life-threatening.  Primary brain tumors begin inside the brain. They are often benign. Secondary brain tumors come […]

Exercise for Your Brain

A new study found that exercise that gets your heart pumping is also good for your brain.  The study followed healthy adults for six months as they walked, danced, or did low-intensity exercises like stretching and balance practice. Those who stuck with low-intensity exercises saw a normal decline in the strength of their memories, but […]

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

40 million Americans suffer from migraines. It is the most common and the most debilitating neurological disorder. But half of the people who have migraines don’t see a doctor for help. One reason is the stigma associated with migraines. June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. This is a great time to think about whether […]

Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

The Pandemic has anxiety and depression on the rise: It’s okay to get help. More than 60 million Americans suffer from anxiety and depression in an average year, including teens and children. But this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on many areas of everyone’s lives, especially mental health. Now more […]