Brain

Brain Workout (M, 137): Compass

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to fill every square in the diagram below with a different letter of the alphabet from A to K inclusive.
  • Use the clues to determine their locations.
  • Reference in the clues to ‘due’ means in any location along the same vertical or horizontal line.
  • Click the link below to view the correct positions.
  • Good luck!

Clues

  1. K is due south of C, which is due east of F, which is next to J.
  2. D is next to and east of G, which is due north of (but not next to) I.
  3. A is next to and west of F, which is due north of H.
  4. G is due east of E, which is due north of B.

Diagram

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Link between Vitamin D, Dementia Risk Confirmed

Support.Vitamin.DVitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to a new study. An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The team studied elderly Americans who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study. They discovered that adults in the study who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 per cent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind, and the risk increased to 125 per cent in those who were severely deficient.

Similar results were recorded for Alzheimer’s disease, with the moderately deficient group 69 per cent more likely to develop this type of dementia, jumping to a 122 per cent increased risk for those severely deficient.

Dr Llewellyn said: “We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising – we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated.

“Clinical trials are now needed to establish whether eating foods such as oily fish or taking vitamin D supplements can delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We need to be cautious at this early stage and our latest results do not demonstrate that low vitamin D levels cause dementia. That said, our findings are very encouraging, and even if a small number of people could benefit, this would have enormous public health implications given the devastating and costly nature of dementia.”

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Source: University of Exeter. “Link between vitamin D, dementia risk confirmed.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 August 2014.

Brain Workout (M, 136): Find Your Way

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to trace a single path from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the grid.
  • Travel through all of the cells in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction.
  • Every cell must be entered only once.
  • Your path should take you through the numbers in the sequence 1-2-3-4-5-6-1-2-3-4-5-6, and so on.
  • Click below to find the correct path.
  • Have fun and good luck!

Exercise

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Dementia Predicted by Slow Walking Speed and Memory Problems

Body.Disease.Alzheimer1Early diagnosis of dementia is critical to delaying the onset of cognitive decline. Now, a new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test of walking speed and memory could provide just that.

Current methods used to diagnose dementia involve a variety of assessments, including physical examinations, memory tests and brain scans.

But in this latest study, the research team – led by investigators at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center in New York, NY – reveals a potential new test that could diagnose pre-dementia.

The team has developed a test that uses gait speed and cognitive complaints to diagnose motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR), which the researchers believe is an early sign of dementia. The team found that the participants who met the criteria for MCR were almost twice as likely to develop dementia during the 12-year follow-up, compared with those who did not meet MCR criteria.

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Source: Medical News Today

Brain Workout (M, 135): Find Your Way

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to trace a single path from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the grid.
  • Travel through all of the cells in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction.
  • Every cell must be entered only once.
  • Your path should take you through the numbers in the sequence 1-2-3-4-5-6-1-2-3-4-5-6, and so on.
  • Click below to find the correct path.
  • Have fun and good luck!

Exercise

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Brain Workout (M, 134): Compass

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to fill every square in the diagram below with a different letter of the alphabet from A to K inclusive.
  • Use the clues to determine their locations.
  • Reference in the clues to ‘due’ means in any location along the same vertical or horizontal line.
  • Click the link below to view the correct positions.
  • Good luck!

Clues

  1. A is due west of B, which is further south than E.
  2. G is due north of J, which is due west of C, which is further south than K.
  3. F is next to and south of A, which is next to and east of K.
  4. E is next to and east of D, which is further south than H, which is further east than J.

Diagram

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Brain Workout (M, 112): Fill the Squares

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to determine which of the squares in the grid that should be filled.
  • The clues list the groups of adjacent filled-out squares in each column and row. See the example.
  • Any adjacent filled squares must have at least one white square between them and the next set of adjacent filled squares.
  • Click the link below to view the correct answers.
  • Good luck!

Example

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Mission

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Brain Workout (M, 133): Find Your Way

Body.Brain.ThinkIntroduction

  • Your mission is to trace a single path from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the grid.
  • Travel through all of the cells in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction.
  • Every cell must be entered only once.
  • Your path should take you through the numbers in the sequence 1-2-3-4-5-6-1-2-3-4-5-6, and so on.
  • Click below to find the correct path.
  • Have fun and good luck!

Exercise

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