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This Trick Helps Us Remember Things We Didn’t Know We’d Seen

By |2018-12-14T09:31:33+00:00December 14th, 2018|Brain Science|

The brain benefits of sleep are becoming more apparent every year. Seven or eight hours of deep, restorative sleep helps regulate mood, boost learning, solve problems and preserve memory. But some people also like to enjoy a mid-day nap. And this, too, has been shown to aid thinking, memory formation and learning. Now a new [...]

Is Your Brain Being Plasticized?

By |2018-12-03T12:18:10+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Brain Science|

Every year, companies in the US produce 100 billion pounds of plastic for all kinds of products and packaging. But a toxic substance -- bisphenol A (BPA), described as a “plasticizer” – is frequently included in plastic to make it flexible and less brittle. BPA is most famously used in bottles for plastic drinks, including [...]

These Scientists Say Alzheimer’s Drugs Have Failed Because of This

By |2018-11-23T10:42:39+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Brain Science|

In the 1990s, the "amyloid hypothesis" provided a new and simple explanation for the cause of Alzheimer's disease. The idea was that beta-amyloid proteins build up to form plaques that damage brain cells. The brain plaque theory caught on bigtime and quickly became conventional wisdom. To this day it remains the most popular theory in [...]

Studies Prove Optimists are Less Likely to Get Dementia

By |2018-11-19T14:57:05+00:00November 19th, 2018|Brain Science|

From ‘you’re as young as you feel’ to ‘age is just a number,’ our culture provides us with a wealth of adages urging us to take a positive attitude toward aging. Perhaps these old chestnuts sound corny (or, worse yet, like whistling past the graveyard), but recent studies prove that people who embrace a positive [...]

Clear Eyesight and Good Memory Go Hand in Hand

By |2018-11-09T15:12:55+00:00November 9th, 2018|Brain Science|

Over the next three decades the number of US adults with cataracts is expected to double from 25 to 50 million. It's the reason one in five lose their sight and one in seven suffer moderate to severe vision impairment. This is a needless tragedy because cataract removal is one of the most routine, safe [...]

To Understand Alzheimer’s You Need to Look Outside the Brain

By |2018-10-26T14:39:03+00:00October 26th, 2018|Brain Science|

With brain diseases like Alzheimer's, maybe it's time to start thinking outside the box. While the brain is the obvious go-to place to look for the cause, it's not the only body part to consider. There's another organ that plays a central role in brain health. In July, several new studies were presented at the [...]

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 [...]

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