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More Proof that You Have to Use Your Brain if You Want to Keep It

By |2018-10-19T16:49:27+00:00October 19th, 2018|Brain Science|

The idea first came to poet Gary Glazner whilst working as a florist in 2003. Delivering bouquets of flowers to a nursing home and seeing the residents' faces light up gave him the inspiration to help those with dementia express themselves through poetry. From an initial $300 grant, he is now founder and Executive Director [...]

Your Eyes Hold the Key to Brain Health and Memory

By |2018-09-21T05:36:17+00:00September 21st, 2018|Brain Science|

Poems often proclaim the eyes to be a direct window to the soul. Medical researchers are more prosaic, but they make much the same point without the poetry. We now understand that the eyes provide a direct view into the health of your brain. Plus, you can actually use your eyes to improve your memory. [...]

Proof That Brain Damage from Trauma Can be Reversed

By |2018-09-17T14:05:02+00:00September 17th, 2018|Brain Science|

When you get hit by a 255-pound offensive tackle up to 50 times a game, it's bound to inflict physical harm. That's exactly what brain scans of hundreds of active and retired football players have found -- clear evidence these helmet-to-helmet blows cause damage.1 But you don't have to be an NFL footballer to experience [...]

Multi-Task and Get More Done? No Way. . .

By |2018-09-03T14:40:30+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Brain Science|

The temptation to multi-task often seems irresistible. For instance, our cellphones continually call out to us with notifications of text messages, Facebook postings, new emails, and more. Too often, all those distractions pull us away from spending time with friends, eating dinner with family or focusing on the road when we’re driving. Now disturbing insights [...]

Rewire Your Brain to Change Bad Habits

By |2018-07-13T11:47:30+00:00July 13th, 2018|Brain Science|

Changing a bad habit can be tough. Whether you’re dealing with overeating, drug addiction, obsessive surfing on the Internet or some other activity you’d prefer to stop, good intentions are often not enough to see you through. But there’s hope for getting your life on track. The answer may lie in rewiring your brain. . [...]

Strong Muscles, Strong Brain

By |2018-07-09T13:31:08+00:00July 9th, 2018|Brain Science|

“A healthy mind in a healthy body” is a proverb coined by the ancient Greeks sometime around 600 BC, although the Latin version -- “mens sana in corpore sano” -- is more familiar to moderns. This old saying used to be a cornerstone of classical education, back when people had more respect for tradition as [...]

Why You Should Actively Encourage Brain Drain

By |2018-07-02T10:03:54+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Brain Science|

To avoid dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions, there are two (or maybe three) daily tasks you can do that will boost your chances of success. That's because these activities stimulate the glymphatic system, which clears away waste debris from the brain -- including the potentially brain-damaging beta-amyloid proteins linked to Alzheimer's. The glymphatic system also [...]

Your Memory and Well-Being Depend on Your Three Brains

By |2018-06-29T04:54:33+00:00June 29th, 2018|Brain Science|

Don’t tell me you thought you only had one brain. Although the brain that sits inside the skull gets most of our attention when we think about our memory and cognition, many medical researchers recognize that we actually possess at least two other brains – dense groupings of nerve tissue and neurons – that help [...]

Healthy Food Choices Reduce The Age of Your Brain

By |2018-06-11T15:13:57+00:00June 11th, 2018|Brain Science|

Last year, three anthropologists from New York published research which revealed that brain size of non-human primates is predicted by diet. Whether this finding applies to humans is unknown, but if it does, it will be of huge significance, because after the age of 40, the brain shrinks by five percent every decade, and this [...]

These Brain Cells – Not Neurons — Could Hold the Key to Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

By |2018-06-01T14:12:26+00:00June 1st, 2018|Brain Science|

Much of the research into Alzheimer's disease has focused on neurons - the nerve cells in the brain that transmit the electrochemical impulses that are associated with thinking and memory. But what if the answer to treating Alzheimer's actually resides in a different kind of brain cell? A growing number of researchers now believe that [...]

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