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What Makes ‘SuperAgers’ So Unique? (Hint: Whales and Elephants Have It, Too)

At 107 years old, Edythe Kirchmaier has a blemish-free driving record, continues to volunteer at the non-profit, Direct Relief International, and is Facebook’s oldest user. In a world where more and m…

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Your Smartphone is Changing Your Brain

New research indicates that heavy touchscreen use -- like on your smartphone or tablet -- might just change your brain activity. The study compared brain activity in smartphone users and folks who …

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Memory at Any Age

From never-ending social media streams to 24-hour news cycles, our brains are constantly being bombarded with more stimulation than we could process in hundreds of lifetimes. "Digital dementia" is the…

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This Part of Your Brain Defies Aging

Once we go "over the hill," the aging process is typically associated with inexorable physical and mental decline. But researchers recently uncovered promising indications that there's at least one pa…

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The Exercise That Keeps Your Brain Young

Some types of exercise may be better than others when it comes to keeping your brain young and sharp. Downward-facing dog fanciers will be glad to know that practicing hatha yoga three times a week…

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Do You Really Just Use 10% of Your Brain?

In the movie Limitless, Bradley Cooper pops a pill that lets him tap into the supposed dormant 90 percent of his brain. It allows him to pick winning stocks, speak foreign languages, play the piano li…

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Study: Excess Fat May Make Us Forgetful

For a long time, scientists thought that while excess fat causes problems in many parts of the body, the mind was exempt. After all, there are no fat cells in the brain, and the protective blood-brain…

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How Gut Bacteria Affects Your Brain

Photo Courtesy of:  Thinkstock/iStockphoto The bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms comprising your body's microflora outnumber your body's cells 10 to 1. It's becoming increasingly clea…

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8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Fit

By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor Cognitive reserve, the term used to describe the mechanism by which a person’s mind can compensate for damage to their brain, has become a buzzword in the …

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Why You Should Try Brain Games

Who knew mind games are a good thing? The human brain requires brain training to help improve concentration and counteract the memory loss that happens naturally with age. Sudoku, solitaire, and cros…

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