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Synchronized Brainwaves Give Seniors the Memory of a 20-Year-Old

By |2019-06-10T10:04:30+00:00June 10th, 2019|Brain Science|

In the first century AD, a man named Scribonius Largus was the court physician to the emperor of Rome. Among other things in his medical bag of tricks, he had a novel method for relieving headaches. He would lay an electric ray (torpedo fish) across the patient's head. The 30 to 50 volts produced by [...]

It’s Not Alzheimer’s – It’s a New Form of Dementia

By |2019-06-03T13:32:03+00:00June 3rd, 2019|Brain Science|

A definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's is hard to obtain before death because only then can brain cells be scrutinized closely under the microscope. So in living patients, doctors have to rely on various tests. From the information gathered they believe the diagnosis will be accurate for nearly all patients. But on April 30, that all [...]

What Do You Do if You Want to Forget Something?

By |2019-06-01T02:24:36+00:00May 31st, 2019|Brain Science|

In this newsletter the topic is usually how to remember things. Memory loss is a huge worry, especially among those of us who are getting old. But what if you want to forget something? Sounds odd, but sometimes that is the case. For example, someone suffering from PTSD is haunted by terrible things that happened [...]

Common Medical Procedures Endanger Your Brain

By |2019-05-28T12:10:25+00:00May 27th, 2019|Brain Science|

Before you have any kind of surgery, especially if you are middle-aged or older, you need to be aware of the brain damage that often results from general anesthesia – the kind where you lose consciousness. Studies now show that this problem has been drastically underestimated by medical professionals. Being “put under” and operated on [...]

How Do We Know Somebody Is Truly Brain Dead?

By |2019-05-13T15:47:13+00:00May 12th, 2019|Brain Science|

In the last few years it seems like it’s been accepted that somebody is truly dead and beyond hope when they’re “brain dead.” It’s broadly defined as a state when brain activity has apparently ceased, and there’s no hope of restoring it. But research is now beginning to raise some challenging questions on what exactly [...]

Pump Up Brain Power with a 5-Minute Workout You Can Do in Your Chair

By |2019-05-07T14:22:48+00:00May 7th, 2019|Brain Science|

If you’re looking for a better memory and a sharper edge to your intellectual abilities, an easy, five-minute exercise may do the trick. According to research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this exercise might also improve your heart health. And get this: It doesn’t require lifting weights or even taking a single step. [...]

The Brain Keeps Growing New Memory Cells Even in our Sunset Years

By |2019-04-15T05:18:47+00:00April 15th, 2019|Brain Science|

The birth, growth and development of new brain cells - neurogenesis - happens throughout life. Or does it? This has been one of the liveliest debates among neuroscientists for over half a century. If the answer is yes, then we can regenerate our aging brains. The argument goes back and forth. Last year, researchers at [...]

Easy Tips for a Better Memory

By |2019-04-05T03:40:47+00:00April 4th, 2019|Brain Science|

It’s frustrating when you draw a blank while trying to remember something you need to recall -- now. But it happens to everyone. The name of someone you just ran into on the street ... where you left your keys ... a phone number you’ve dialed dozens of times ... the third thing in the [...]

Press This Gene’s “On Switch” to Reverse Alzheimer’s

By |2019-04-05T02:50:26+00:00April 1st, 2019|Brain Science|

Behind almost all Alzheimer's drug research is the idea that you need to clear away the build-up of brain plaques (beta-amyloid proteins) and stop the development of new ones. It’s a dubious theory. As I’ve been trying to caution readers for years, every drug aimed at these plaques has failed miserably, with just a few [...]

Television Can Erode Your Memory

By |2019-03-15T08:36:29+00:00March 15th, 2019|Brain Science|

For over 25 years scientists have speculated that watching television can contribute to dementia. And yet in all this time, the idea hasn't been explored in any detail. Actually, concerns about TV date back much farther than 25 years. Many parents, educators and social observers were concerned by the mid-1950s, the decade when television spread [...]

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