Brain Health and Dementia - IG Live with Dr Lisa Mosconi

Published: 23rd June 2020

Dr Louise Newson was delighted to join Dr Lisa Mosconi for an enlightening Instagram Live all about women's brain health and dementia. Dr Mosconi is the director of the Women's Brain Initiative and the associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she is also associate professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. 

In this video, you can watch as Dr Newson and Dr 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.

Find out more about The XX Brain

Watch the full video below:


Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Lymm, Cheshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at