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The Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory

In The Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory, Dr. Aaron Nelson, a world-renowned authority at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital — ranked as one of the leading hospitals in the U.S. — shares the latest, best, medical research and practices on the advances of memory loss.

Preventing memory loss, whether due to aging or illness is possible. In his book, Dr. Nelson describes simple strategies to achieve optimal functioning. He reveals new findings about the brain and discusses new treatments for memory disorders. He covers how much lifestyle factors such as sleep, nutrition, and exercise, affect memory, how to tell if you need to see a doctor, and which proven methods help to build your memory power.

In this easy to understand guide, Dr. Nelson discusses the full range of topics on optimal memory:

  • The telltale signs of memory loss and how to get tested
  • How factors such as smoking, poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle can hurt one’s memory
  • Covers the latest research on sleep’s role in memory
  • Discusses what is “normal” memory as we age, and what to do about “senior moments”
  • Dispels “Medical Myths”
  • Answers typical “Questions Patients Ask”
  • What is known about alternative medical approaches

This book enables readers to develop a prevention and proaction plan tailored to their needs. It outlines a stepwise approach for the causes and treatment of memory problems that includes:

  • Memory medications
  • Alternative remedies for memory loss, as well as improving your memory without medication
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Specialty Consultations
  • The near frontier in memory research: Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Transplants

Dr. Nelson holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D. and is a professor at the world’s top medical school. He provides the most expert, up-to-date advice on how to make your memory the best it can be at any age. With his tools in hand, he hopes to help eradicate memory disorders and turn back the clock on age related memory loss. He believes there is potential to expand the boundaries of optimal memory.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 23, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 007144470X
ISBN-13: 978-0071444705
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

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