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Brain health and dementia [Video]

Dr Louise Newson talks to Dr Lisa Mosconi, Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative, Associate Director of the Alzheimers Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical where she is also Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology.

In this video, you can watch as Dr Newson and Dr Lisa Mosconi explore the various reasons why women are more likely than men to suffer from depression, anxiety, migraines and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that oestrogen is very important for brain function and without oestrogen the brain has less energy. Dr Mosconi has found that women have a rapid decline in brain function around the time of the menopause and joins Dr Newson in discussing why replacing hormones can improve symptoms of memory loss, poor concentration and low mood. Dr Newson and Dr Mosconi also discuss the importance of nutrition and exercise and the role they can play in improving brain health. In addition, they talk about sleeplessness and explore how poor sleep can have a negative effect on our brains as well as our future health.

As well as her important research, Dr Mosconi also talks about her bestselling new book, The XX Brain, which presents research showing that women’s brains age distinctly from men’s, mostly due to the decline in oestrogen levels that happens around the menopause.

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