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Low levels of vitamin B12 linked to Alzheimer's
(Oct 21, 2010)

People with low levels of vitamin B12 may be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The finding supports previous research showing large doses of B vitamins might halve the rate of brain shrinkage.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Touching own injury 'cuts pain'
(Sep 24, 2010)

There may be a very good reason why people clutch a painful area of their body after receiving an injury, according to a study. Touching the affected area allows a picture of the body to form in the brain, says a study in Current Biology. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that the way the body is represented in the brain is key to reducing perceptions of acute pain.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Vitamin B 'puts off Alzheimer's' vision
(Sep 9, 2010)

A new study suggests high doses of B vitamins may halve the rate of brain shrinkage in older people experiencing some of the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. Brain shrinkage is one of the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to dementia. Researchers say this could be the first step towards finding a way to delay the onset of Alzheimer's.

Read more. Source: BBC


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