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Can being anxious in midlife make you prone to Alzheimer’s disease later in life? Yes

Stop worrying about little things (and big things) in life. 

New research, reviewing data from 30,000 people, suggests that being anxious in midlife increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. So worrying about Alzheimer’s may actually make you more likely to get it. 

Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD

May 3, 2018

 

Ref:

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/4/e019399

https://reut.rs/2jmg1QN

Are you a left-brain person or a right-brain person? Which type is best for success in business and life?

While left-dominant brains focus on details and numbers, the right-dominant brains see more of the forest than the individual trees. To be successful in handling life’s challenges, business, and projects, you need to see the world from both a left-sided and right-sided angles. But you can’t be both left-dominant and right-dominant at the same time. Solution? If you are more of a lefty, then get a righty partner who can complement you. And vice-versa.

Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD

Ref:

Is The Ideal Entrepreneur Right Brain Or Left Brain? via @forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/piasilva/2018/05/02/is-the-ideal-entrepreneur-right-brain-or-left-brain/#3ae36aa653df

Should we let kids play tackle football? No

It is time for us to say goodbye to tackle football for kids under 12.

Their brain are still developing and tackle football causes injuries that manifest as difficulty with mood or memory years later.

 

Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD

May 1, 2018

 

Ref:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/04/30/new-study-tackle-football-before-age-12-could-result-in-earlier-cte-symptoms/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.17b1a9430736

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2018/04/30/study-raises-more-questions-about-youth-tackle-football/a7sKIMOoq1eZdCuDYBFe3N/story.html

Can we actually grow our brain so much so that its increased volume can be seen on a brain MRI? Yes. Here is how.

Can we actually grow our brain so much so that its increased volume can be seen on a brain MRI? Yes. Here is how.

There is no compelling evidence that we can indeed grow the size of our hippocampus, the memory part of our brain – so much so that it can be appreciated with naked eye on a brain MRI. I gave a lecture on this topic to about 1,000 CEO’s at the YPO conference.

 

Here is the video for my one-hour presentation:

2018 YPO EDGE – Defy Aging: How to Regrow Your Brain (in Three Months)

Majid Fotuhi, MD

April 28, 2018

Can concussion injure the lining of blood vessels in the brain? Yes

Recent studies show that a trauma to the brain can damage the lining of the blood vessels and make them leaky. Usually the content of the blood cannot reach inside the brain because the blood vessels in the brain has three protective layers; this is called Blood Brain Barrier. With TBI, it appears that the BBB become leaky so that molecules that do not belong to the inside milieu of the brain enter this protected environment and damage the brain cells. This is similar to the way when your sink pipe breaks the water floods your carpets and wood floors.  Also, some of the content of the brain leaks out into the blood flow, and we can actually use this process to measure if someone has had significant TBI.  All of these happen in parallel to the direct damage that a concussion poses on the extensions of the neurons and causing small tears in them. These “micro tears” cannot be seen on MRIs but cause severe symptoms in patients, such as not being able to think straight, being slow in processing information, and feeling sad or tired. 

 

Effective treatment of patients with concussion should include interventions that would reduce leakage of blood into the brain and repair of the tears in neuronal extensions (axons). There are no specific medications to address these issues. So, at this time, the best interventions include taking omega-3 fatty acids to protect the lining of the blood vessels and repair the tears in axons, to perform brain exercises that would help grow neurons and their extensions, to exercise in order to improve blood flow to the brain, and to do neurofeedback in order to harmonize and optimize brain waves and neuronal pathways. These non-pharmaceutical interventions appear to be working well for our patients with concussion. More than 80% of them gain significant recovery of their symptoms.

Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD

April 27, 2018

 

Ref:

http://www.nature.com.ezp.welch.jhmi.edu/articles/nrneurol.2018.29

Can we reduce the effects of aging in our brain through diet?

Excessive activity of the immune system in the form of inflammation in the brain contributes to memory loss with aging and development of #Alzheimer‘a disease. A Mediterranean diet can be helpful as it has been shown to reduce inflammatory process in all of our body organs.  The ingredients that are particularly powerful include blueberries, dark chocolate, and omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon).

Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD

April 25th, 2018

 

Ref:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-friendly-fire-in-the-brain-provoking-alzheimers-disease/

Is it possible to treat kids with ADHD without medications and see remarkable results? YES

Neurofeedback, especially when combined with brain coaching, helps children with ADHD gain remarkable improvements in their attention, concentration, memory, and “executive function.”

 

Here is an example of one of patients (9 years old) whose objective cognitive testing shows jaw-dropping results. He keeps improving with continued treatment since his baseline testing last October (blue graphs).  His April testing (green bars) demonstrate how his attention performance has improved from 8th percentile to 66th percentile and his overall brain performance (neurocognition index) has improved from 14th percentile to 63rd percentile.  We did not give him any medications. He only received brain coaching and neurofeedback. 

 

 

Why don’t some patients with traumatic brain injury get full recovery from their concussion?

Children (and adults) with traumatic brain injury often do not always receive adequate treatment for their symptoms; this is in part due to the fact that we do not have nationally accepted protocols for long-term treatment for patients with concussion. Most patients just get a lot of testing.
 
At our NeuroGrow brain center we do offer a 12-week “Concussion Recovery Program” and more than 80% of our patients gain remarkable improvements in their symptoms.
 
Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD
April 22nd, 2018
 
Ref:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-tbi-rehab/many-u-s-kids-with-brain-injuries-not-getting-needed-rehab-idUSKBN1HR2WG

Should teens use Marijuana?

Teens who smoke pot appear to have poor memory and cognitive function; but 72 hours after they stop, their memory performance returns to average range.

So Marijuana seems to be bad for teens’ memory function, but it is unlikely to cause long-term damage. 

I favor not using it as we still don’t know the full extent of who may be more susceptible to long term consequences. 

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2678214?redirect=true

http://time.com/5243934/smoking-pot-teenage-brain/

 

Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD

 

 

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