April 2016

CNN: How workouts give your brain a boost

Have you ever felt like pounding the pavement or doing a couple of sun salutations seems to instantly melt your worries away? It’s not your imagination — but it is your brain. (April 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Scientific American: More creative types may face concentration challenges

Ever try to work in a coffee shop, but your concentration gets derailed by all the talking, not to mention the steaming and the pouring? The problem might not be that you’re easily distracted. It could be that your brain is actually highly creative. (April 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Five fast things you should know about stroke

You don’t need superpowers to be a hero when it comes to stroke, you just need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs. “Stroke is largely preventable and treatable,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. (April 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Spectrum: ‘Silent’ mutations may contribute to autism, schizophrenia

Mutations in genes that seemingly don’t affect the corresponding proteins may still boost autism risk. These so-called synonymous, or ‘silent,’ mutations may change how genes are pieced together, suggests a study published in March in Neuron. (April 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Harsh out of necessity

Multiple Sclerosis affects nearly 2 and a half million people worldwide. It is a highly debilitating autoimmune disease: the condition severely reduces patients’ quality of life through symptoms which disrupt motor, cognitive, and sensory systems. (April 29, 2016) Read the full article here

News Medical: Study sheds light on mechanism of empty memories in epileptic patients

Between seizures and continually, brain cells in epileptic patients send signals that make “empty memories,” perhaps explaining the learning problems faced by up to 40 percent of patients. This is the finding of a study in rats and humans led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and published April 25 in Nature Medicine. (April […]

Psych Central: Ocean views relieve stress

Maybe owning some ocean-front property is not such a bad idea. Actually, property with a view of the ocean will suffice as new research suggests an ocean view relieves stress. (April 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Press Pause for Success

Press Pause for Success Working on your daily tasks without taking breaks to reflect on actions hinders productivity and can often increase stress. While it seems counterintuitive to slow down in order to increase mental energy, try it; it works. Give complex decisions and projects the time, reflection and attention they need.

Scientific American: The battle over pain in the brain

Pain is an unpleasant but necessary sensation. The few people born without the ability to feel it must approach day-to-day tasks with extra caution. Without the ability to sense the effects of a broken bone or burned skin, it’s difficult to avoid harm. (April 28, 2016) Read the full article here

NPR: Scans show ‘brain dictionary’ groups words by meaning

Scientists say they have made an atlas of where words’ meanings are located in the brain. The map shows that words are represented in different regions throughout the brain’s outer layer. (April 27, 2016) Read the full article here