August 2014

Huffington Post: Train Your Brain to Thrive From 9 to 5

The majority of employers throughout the world are “strongly committed to creating a workplace culture of health” and are investing in programs to achieve these goals, according to Buck Consultants at Xerox, describing their newly released survey, “Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies.” That’s welcome news. It’s hardly a […]

MedScape: Stroke a Race Against the Clock, Review Confirms

A large review of individual-patient data confirms the importance of providing rapid thrombolytic therapy in cases of acute ischemic stroke. Irrespective of age or stroke severity, administration of alteplase within 4.5 hours of stroke onset significantly improves the likelihood of a good outcome (modified Rankin score of 0 or 1 indicating little or no residual […]

WebMD: Concussion Recovery Might Reverse After Doing This

Athletes who seem to have recovered from a concussion may actually show a subtle worsening in a particular mental ability after they return to exercise, a small study suggests. The findings come from a study of 19 high school athletes who suffered a concussion and then got medical clearance to return to physical activity — […]

The Telegraph: Magnetic Pulse to Head Could Improve Memory of Dementia Sufferers

A simple magnetic pulse to the head could improve memory for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers or stroke patients, a study has found. Scientists at Northwestern University in the US, discovered that stimulating parts of the brain improved memory by more than 20 per cent. And the effects appear to last for several days after the treatment. […]

Medical Xpress: Different Forms of Alzheimer’s Have Similar Effects on Brain Network

Brain networks break down similarly in rare, inherited forms of Alzheimer’s disease and much more common uninherited versions of the disorder, a new study has revealed. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that in both types of Alzheimer’s, a basic component of brain function starts to decline about five […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers Publish First Study of Brain Activation in MS Using fNIRS

Using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Kessler Foundation researchers have shown differential brain activation patterns between people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and healthy controls. This is the first MS study in which brain activation was studied using fNIRS while participants performed a cognitive task. Researchers compared 13 individuals with MS with 12 controls for their […]

TIME: 1 in 7 People Suffer From Being ‘Sleep Drunk’

It’s a scene familiar to about 15% of us. Your alarm goes off in the morning, but instead of waking up alert (if not especially chipper), you’re entirely confused by what’s going on. You may be disoriented, not know where you are, and you may even try to answer your alarm as though it were […]

Know Brainer: Overuse of Brain = Underutilized Potential

Your brain thrives when challenged to think deeply, but constant mental work squelches creativity and efficiency. Make brain downtime a priority. Giving your brain time to disengage, even for brief periods, slows the mind’s rhythms to allow for more inspired, innovative thought.

Medical Xpress: Inside the Teenage Brain: New Studies Explain Risky Behavior

It’s common knowledge that teenage boys seem predisposed to risky behaviors. Now, a series of new studies is shedding light on specific brain mechanisms that help to explain what might be going on inside juvenile male brains. Florida State University College of Medicine Neuroscientist Pradeep Bhide brought together some of the world’s foremost researchers in […]