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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 [...]

Can a Device Used to Relieve Depression Stop Alzheimer’s?

By |2018-05-21T05:08:00+00:00May 21st, 2018|Brain Science|

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any kind of breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research. That’s why this recent news caught my attention. While it’s not a cure, it shows promising ways we can help reduce some symptoms of the disease and give patients additional “good” years. The treatment involves a type of brain training [...]

Later Menopause Improves Memory

By |2018-05-14T12:56:50+00:00May 14th, 2018|Brain Science|

Chills. Hot flashes. Night sweats. These are just some of the unpleasant symptoms that can come with the "change of life." More serious is the fact (covered in Issue #493) that the plunging estrogen levels associated with menopause are damaging to certain brain cells and increase the risk of dementia. Many women would happily put off [...]

One Reason More Women Than Men Get Alzheimer’s – And a Solution

By |2018-05-07T16:37:14+00:00May 7th, 2018|Brain Science|

Twice as many women as men get Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s not just because women usually live longer than men. Researchers have discovered that as women age, metabolic changes in their brains – linked to menopause – give rise to changes that make them more vulnerable to losing their memories and eventually their lives to [...]

Scientific First: New Study Proves Mental Decline is Not Inevitable

By |2018-04-28T15:58:46+00:00April 27th, 2018|Brain Science|

20 years ago, in a landmark article, researchers concluded that the human brain retains the potential for self-renewal throughout life. Before this, scientists believed the adult brain was hard-wired and therefore not able to produce new cells. While most neuroscientists accepted the new findings, there has been an ongoing debate about whether this renewal ability [...]

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