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Aging and the Normal Brain, Dr. Carol Barnes

Carol Barnes

Time: 51 minutes

Producer: Coalition for the Life Sciences

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Dr. Carol Barnes, University of Arizona Regents' Professor of Psychology, Neurology and Neuroscience, explains the historical and current scientific understanding of how a person's brain changes as he or she ages.

She talks about myths or previous understandings of how the brain works and what has been learned about the brain from science in recent years.

Dr. Barnes cites studies and mentions one that shows the beneficial effects of NSAID drugs, like aspirin, on protecting the brain from inflammation. She discusses the benefits of chocolate, tea, coffee, red wine and olive oil in the prevention of inflammation. Then she explains the negative effects of stress.

In her concluding remarks Dr. Barnes says that scientific evidence indicates that the brain is remarkably adaptable and that you should keep your synapses active to help close the cognitive health span/lifespan gap.

In this video there are one or more comments or discussions that pertain to:

. aging
. Alzheimer's Disease
. cognition
. diet
. inflammatory
. Stress
. Synapse

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As a person ages, changes occur in all areas of the body – including the brain. Typically we identify memory loss as a sign of an aging brain. But when does forgetting cross the line from normal aging to something more serious? Dr. Barnes, a leading authority on how aging affects the brain, will discuss how memory is changed during normal aging, as distinguished from pathological conditions.

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus provides a forum where Members and staff can interact directly with preeminent researchers responsible for important scientific discoveries. Many of the stunning advances, made possible by NIH funding, highlighted in these presentations have led to improved understanding of the cause, treatment, and prevention of human disease.

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