Mushrooms may 'reduce the risk of mild brain decline'

Eating mushrooms more than twice a week could prevent memory and language problems occurring in the over-60s, research from Singapore suggests.

A unique antioxidant present in mushrooms could have a protective effect on the brain, the study found.
The more mushrooms people ate, the better they performed in tests of thinking and processing, according to BBC.
But researchers said it was not possible to prove a direct link between the fungi and brain function.

More vitamin D may improve memory but too much may slow reaction time

How much vitamin D can boost memory, learning and decision-making in older adults, and how much is too much?

A unique Rutgers-led study found that overweight and obese older women who took more than three times the recommended daily dose of vitamin D showed improvements in memory and learning -- but also had slower reaction times. The researchers hypothesize that slower reaction times may increase the risk of falling among older people, according to Science Daily.

How Can we Stop Bananas From Browning?

While bananas are an inexpensive fruit and perfect for a healthy, on-the-go snack, they often tend to brown shortly after you buy them.

Mix Up Your Bag. As a preventative measure, make sure to buy a few yellow bananas that are ready to eat as well as a few very green bananas that still need time to ripen.

Block Out Light. To preserve your bananas that are already ripe, simply place a kitchen towel over the ones that you don't want to ripen anymore. By protecting the bananas from natural sunlight, it ups their shelf life by a few more days.

Keep Them Separate. Another tip is to be sure that the bananas are separated from other produce.

Use Nylon Wrap. Finally, placing Nylon wrap around the stem of the cluster of bananas helps keep them fresher longer. Some stores may already do this, but if not, a quick wrap should do the trick!

Raw-meat dog food 'risk to owners'

Many raw-meat dog foods contain high levels of bacteria that pose a risk to animals and humans, experts warn.

Owners are at particular risk if they let their pet lick them after it has eaten raw bone, meat or offal, they say in Vet Record.

The diets are becoming increasingly popular, touted by some as offering pets a health boost and a glossy coat, according to BBC.

The researchers studied 60 raw samples from 10 manufacturers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and England.

A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn't nap, according to Science Daily.

"Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. For example, salt reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by 3 to 5 mm Hg," said Manolis Kallistratos, MD, cardiologist and one of the study's co-authors, adding that a low-dose antihypertensive medication usually lowers blood pressure levels by 5 to 7 mm Hg, on average.