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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 [...]

Scientists Discover Biological Reason Why Women’s Brains Age Better Than Men’s

By |2019-03-04T16:51:46+00:00March 4th, 2019|Brain Science|

If you are a woman, and the same age as me, I've got some good news for you. Your brain is nearly four years younger than mine. Actually, it doesn't matter what age you are. Once adulthood begins, a woman's brain will be younger than a man’s of the same age. It's a difference that [...]

The Government Just Jumped into Alzheimer’s Prevention (Let’s Hope It Does Some Good)

By |2019-02-18T20:21:26+00:00February 18th, 2019|Brain Science|

“Alzheimer’s is the most under-recognized threat.” -Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Finally, a cause that both sides of the aisle can agree upon. Last month, lawmakers passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for [...]

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