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Published May 2, 2018 11:49 AM

The way our brain  is organised and functions impacts how we perceive and act on the world around us. Individuals with high levels of the personality trait “Neuroticism”, and/or who have a stress system that is more easily triggered, have a higher risk of developing affective disorders like anxiety and depression. Basic research allows clarification of how personality traits and stress reactivity relate to brain organization and functioning. Whereas results from this type of research do not have immediate practical implications, they may improve our ability to identify and understand brain mechanisms underlying mental health risk factors.

Published Mar. 12, 2018 9:27 AM

At the Centre for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition, University of Oslo, we have studied how memory-strategy training affects memory performance and brain white matter microstructure in young and older adults. White matter microstructure plays an important role in coordinating the communication between widespread regions of the brain.

Our results show that memory-strategy training can markedly improve memory performance. The training also influenced white matter microstructure in the older adults, confirming that neuroplasticity is preserved into older age.

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Lifebrain Monthly E-Newsletter March 2018

Published Jan. 24, 2018 12:23 PM

Higher education level is associated with better cognition, and with a more protected brain. However, many other factors contribute to  brain preservation during aging, such as having a lifestyle engaged in cognitive, leisure, physical or social activities or keeping a healthy diet. In a recent study by the University of Barcelona, highly educated seniors (aged over 60) showed better cognitive performance and increased thickness of grey matter in anterior parts of the brain as compared to less educated seniors.

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Lifebrain Monthly E-Newsletter, January 2018

Published Jan. 15, 2018 4:23 PM

In countries that promote women's equality and participation in society, women have a better chance of keeping their brains healthy in later life, according to a new research from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, a partner organisation in the Lifebrain project.

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Lifebrain E-newsletter September 2017 

Published Jan. 15, 2018 4:21 PM

The causes of dementia are many and complex, but several studies suggest that lifestyle factors playing a role in the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, also affect brain health. Lifebrain researchers in their earlier studies have observed that dietary fatty acids, cholesterol, vitamin D, body weight, and physical activity may be important for cortical preservation during normal aging. This means that the neurons (“thinking cells”) are better conserved in certain areas of the brain depending on diet, body weight and physical activity.

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Lifebrain E-newsletter July, 2017

Published Jan. 15, 2018 4:19 PM

It is increasingly clear that premature infants with very low birth weight are at risk of developing medical and social problems later in life due to affected brain development. One of the challenges has been that the small and weak newborn premature infants (birth weight less than 1500 g) get markedly less nutrients than they need to grow normally due to a conservative practice among neonatologists. Thus, the premature infants often experience reduced function as seen with increased risk of having cerebral palsy, loss of vision or hearing, epilepsy, mental retardation, autism, learning disorders, and reduced working capacity in adult life.

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Lifebrain E-newsletter August, 2017

 

Published Jan. 15, 2018 4:14 PM

Alcohol use is widespread in the developed world and while previous studies have warned of the negative effects of drinking heavily, moderate alcohol consumption has largely been considered harmless. In fact, some studies have suggested that light-to-moderate drinking may be protective against dementia. However, recent research from Oxford challenges the idea that drinking in moderation may have beneficial effects.

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Lifebrain E-newsletter, October, 2017

Published Jan. 15, 2018 4:11 PM

The capacity to move is crucial for maintaining independence and quality of life in old age. Unfortunately, as we grow older our mobility is reduced and this can increase the risk of falls, disability and hospitalisations. In a recent study of 387 healthy participants from the Whitehall II Imaging cohort, researchers examined how mobility was linked with cognitive and brain health in people who were 60 to 85 years of age.

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Lifebrain E-newsletter, November, 2017