Neurogenesis Plays Key Role in Learning and Memory: Salk Scientists Find

Date: May 1st, 2008

Not long ago, the suggestion that old brains could grow new nerve cells – or neurons – was unthinkable among neurologists. Today, however, we know that neural stem cells are indeed capable of growing new neurons throughout life. This process is called neurogenesis, which literally means “the birth of new neurons.” Precisely how nerve stem cells function and how they are regulated, however, have remained something of a mystery until recently. At the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., Fred H.

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Folic Acid: Boost for Your Brain?

Date: May 1st, 2007

Want to boost your memory and brain power? Eat more strawberries and asparagus. Both are good sources of folic acid, a vitamin that improved memory and cognition in healthy adults 50-70 years old, according to a study reported in the medical journal Lancet (Jan. 20, 2006). Folic acid, called "folate" in its natural form in food, gets its name from the Latin word "folium" for leaf. It's a water-soluble B vitamin best known in the U.S. for preventing birth defects. Researchers in

Steps to Brain Fitness

Date: February 1st, 2006

There is a lot we can do to keep our brains healthy and potentially prevent or lessen the cognitive decline that often comes with aging. The Alliance for Aging Research and the Brain Resource Company have teamed up to bring information and resources on brain health to the public and to provide the WebNeuro test, a cognitive assessment that can be taken on personal computers, free to the first one million users.* Regular screening of your everyday thinking skills is important in the

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