Consuming alcohol leads to epigenetic changes in brain memory centers

Triggers in everyday life such as running into a former drinking buddy, walking by a once-familiar bar, and attending social gatherings can all cause recovering alcoholics to “fall off the wagon.” About 40 to 60 percent of people who have gone through treatment for substance abuse will experience some kind of relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But what drives the biology behind these cravings has remained largely unknown. Continue reading “Consuming alcohol leads to epigenetic changes in brain memory centers”

Green tea ingredient may ameliorate memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity

A study published online in The FASEB Journal, involving mice, suggests that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component in green tea, could alleviate high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment. Previous research pointed to the potential of EGCG to treat a variety of human diseases, yet until now, EGCG’s impact on insulin resistance and cognitive deficits triggered in the brain by a Western diet remained unclear. Continue reading “Green tea ingredient may ameliorate memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity”

Eating more fruits and vegetables may help men with memory loss

Need another reminder to eat your fruits and vegetables? Doing so might lower your risk of memory loss, according to a study published online Nov. 21, 2018, by Neurology. The study looked at almost 28,000 men, average age 51, who filled out questionnaires every four years for 20 years about how many servings of fruits, vegetables, and other foods they ate each day. The participants also took tests of their thinking and memory skills at least four years before the end of the study, when the average age was 73. Continue reading “Eating more fruits and vegetables may help men with memory loss”

Music evokes powerful positive emotions through personal memories

We all have experiences of being emotionally moved after listening to music that we have strong personal memories of or to seeing an image that captures particularly important memories from our life. This new research critically examined the idea of how memories are able to influence our emotional responses induced by music and images. Continue reading “Music evokes powerful positive emotions through personal memories”

Just a few drinks can change how memories are formed

One of the many challenges with battling alcohol addiction and other substance abuse disorders is the risk of relapse, even after progress toward recovery. Even pesky fruit flies have a hankering for alcohol, and because the molecular signals involved in forming flies’ reward and avoidance memories are much the same as those in humans, they’re a good model for study. Continue reading “Just a few drinks can change how memories are formed”

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