Brain Dead

Needed: Universal Protocols for Diagnosing Brain Deaths

Right now in the United States there is no universal policy for diagnosing a death by being considered brain dead. In hospitals today brain deaths are judged on a wide spectrum. This is troublesome because sometimes brain dead patients may be hastily misdiagnosed, or it may take a long time to diagnose. When the protocol to diagnose brain death takes a long time it takes time away from organ donation.

In 2010 the American Academy of Neurology wrote a clear set of standards to act as the basis for distinguishing brain dead patients from those who may emerge from a coma that may mimic brain dead activity.

Hospitals surveyed from 2012 – 2015 had not adopted the guidelines. Only 36% of hospitals have a system in place for checking core body temperature before declaring a person brain dead (hypothermic patients often show all signs of being brain dead, but can recover once their bodies are warmed). 32% require tests to rule out toxic drug interactions that may mimic the loss of primitive reflexes in the body.

The scientists agree, but those in the field have to put it into practice.

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Diet For Brain Health

Brain Diet

New research looking at people following the Mediterranean diet has been conducted and the results are suggesting that the diet may be able to slow the effects of aging on the brain.

Researchers looked at 684 people with an average age of 80. They were split into two groups: one that followed the Mediterranean diet very closely and another group who did not. At the end of the study, those participants following the Mediterranean diet had a difference in average brain size of 13.11 ml, the equivalent of 5 years of aging. Brains tend to shrink as we age, but those who adhered to the Mediterranean diet had larger brain volumes over time compared to those not on the diet.

Other advantages of the Mediterranean Diet include:

  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Reduced risk of breast cancer
  • Halving the risk of heart disease

More research is being done to verify the how and why of what makes the Mediterranean diet beneficial.

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Brain Boosters

Boost Brain Power

            A recent article offered some helpful tips on how to improve your brainpower. People are living longer, but also want to enjoy those extra years to the fullest. We are beginning to see a prevalence of diseases that affect our brains and cognition. We need to be sure we take care to avoid these diseases and keep our brain sharp well into our golden years. The best way to stay healthy is through a wholesome lifestyle, which includes proper diet and exercise. These tips are fun and important ways to keep your mind functioning properly. See which ones you can add to your daily routine. Ask your healthcare provider how you can help support your brain, because we only get one!

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