Can't find your car keys? Forget your grocery list? Can't remember the name of the personal trainer you liked at the gym? You're not alone. Everyone forgets things occasionally. Still, memory loss is nothing to take lightly.

Although there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing memory loss or dementia, certain activities might help. Consider seven simple ways to sharpen your memory — and know when to seek help for memory loss.

1. Stay mentally active

Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape — and might keep memory loss at bay. Do crossword puzzles. Play bridge. Take alternate routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument. Volunteer at a local school or community organization.

2. Socialize regularly

Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others — especially if you live...

Dizziness is one of the more common reasons adults visit their doctors. Frequent dizzy spells or constant dizziness can significantly affect your life. But dizziness rarely signals a life-threatening condition. More than 4 out of 10 people experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor. Dizziness changes your sense of balance and can increase your risk of falling.

Dizziness often gets better without treatment. Within a couple of weeks, the body usually adapts to whatever is causing it.  If you seek treatment, your doctor will base it on the cause of your condition and your symptoms. It may include medications and balance exercises. Even if no cause is found or if your dizziness persists, prescription drugs and other treatments may make your symptoms more manageable. Here are a few ways to treat Dizziness or Vertigo without using medicines.

  • Head position maneuvers. A technique called canalith repositioning (or Epley maneuver) usually helps resolve benig...

One of the most common cause of vertigo in a person is called Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). One experiences short episodes of intense dizziness (vertigo) when you move your head in certain directions. Vertigo is the sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is thought to be caused by tiny solid fragments (otoconia) in the inner ear labyrinth.

The signs and symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) may include:

  • Dizziness

  • A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)

  • A loss of balance or unsteadiness

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

The signs and symptoms of BPPV can come and go, with symptoms commonly lasting less than one minute. Episodes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can disappear for some time and recur. 

In many cases the condition gets better on its own after several weeks. A simple treatment of moving the head into various positions over a few minutes can cure the c...

Dizziness is defined as feelings of unsteadiness, wooziness, and lightheadedness; and sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting, or whirling (sensations known as vertigo). These sensations occur even when standing still or lying down. Depending on the severity, it can be both frightening and, at times, incapacitating. And you may wonder if it’s a sign of a serious illness or medical condition.

If you experience dizziness with:

  • A sudden or severe headache

  • Ongoing vomiting

  • A sudden change in speech, vision or hearing

  • Stumbling or difficulty walking

  • Fainting

  • Chest pain or an irregular heart rate

  • Numbness or weakness

  • Shortness of breath

  • A high fever

  • A very stiff neck

  • A head injury

  • Seizures

Consult with your specialist or neurologist if you experience recurrent, sudden, severe dizziness or prolonged episodes of dizziness, faintness, lightheadedness or vertigo.

There are very few life-threatening causes of vertigo or...

Dizziness is one of the most common reasons adults & kids visit their neurologist. Frequent dizzy spells or constant dizziness can significantly affect your life. But dizziness rarely signals a life-threatening condition. It is a term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak or unsteady.

Dizziness has many possible causes, including inner ear disturbance, motion sickness and medication effects. Sometimes it's caused by an underlying health condition, such as poor circulation, infection or injury. The way dizziness makes you feel and your triggers provide clues for possible causes. How long the dizziness lasts and any other symptoms you have also help pinpoint the cause.

Your sense of balance depends on the combined input from the various parts of your sensory system. These include your:

  • Eyes, which help you determine where your body is in space and how it's moving

  • Sensory nerves, which send messages to your brain about body movements and position...

Worldwide, stroke and obesity show an increasing number of incidence. Being overweight increases your risk of having an ischemic stroke by 22%. If you’re obese your risk increases by 64%. Nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese.

Obesity can increase the risk of stroke due to inflammation caused by excess fatty tissue . This can lead to difficulty in blood flow and an increased risk of blockage, both of which can cause strokes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 2.3 billion adults (31.3%) were overweight and more than 700 million (9.6%) were obese. Obesity is an established risk factor for the development of vascular diseases such as stroke.

Two of the best ways to lower your risk of stroke are by eating a heart healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, eating sensible portions and being physically active on a regular basis .

It’s best to talk to your doctor about the weight you should aim to be, as it’s different for everyone. Cal...

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