Brain Education

Popular Science: Even tiny bumps to your brain can cause trauma over time

Your brain is an extremely sensitive organ—little bumps that may cause temporary injuries elsewhere on the body can have lasting damage in the brain. Researchers have been investigating the effects of head trauma caused by contact sports like football, but they’ve really only been looking into big hits that cause concussions. In a new study, […]

Task & Purpose: 10 myths about traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury is pervasive in both civilian and military populations. In fact, TBI in the civilian population is eight times as frequent as breast cancer, AIDS, spinal-cord injury, and multiple sclerosis combined.TBI is a “hot topic” in the military community. However, TBI and its causes, symptoms, and treatment are often misunderstood, and this misunderstanding […]

New York Times: Finding the right balance

In 2010, 13 million Americans reported being injured in a fall, often caused by simple trips on the sidewalk or on the stairs at home. For the over 65s, the figures are worse: One in three in this age group falls every year, resulting in some 250,000 hip fractures and more than 25,000 deaths, usually […]

Del Mar Times: ‘Being brain healthy’ something to strive for at all life stages

Julianne Moore brought the subject of brain health into the mainstream this year with her Oscar-winning portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” The topic has become even more relevant as the baby boomers approach old age and look for ways to keep their brains sharp and ward off Alzheimer’s and […]

Huffington Post: Work flexibility can improve mental health and the health of your company

For almost 20 years, stress-related issues in the workplace have been on the rise, to the point where “less than one-third of Americans are happy with their work,” according to Mental Health America, Most employees spend the majority of their waking hours at work–more than one third of their day. Reducing the friction between work […]

Huffington Post: Operation purple and living with PTSD

When my brother sat me down, not more than a few weeks after he graduated from high school, and told me he was joining the Marine Corps as an infantryman, I was scared. While I feared he would come home in a box draped with our nation’s flag, I equally feared him coming home broken […]

The Guardian: Brain injury survivors are storytelling their way to recovery

Advances in medicine mean that the number of people surviving brain injuries is increasing. In many ways brain injury is a silent epidemic; its effects are not always visible and cannot be communicated easily. This often leads to misunderstanding and frustration, from both the survivors and the people they encounter. (June 4, 2015) Read the […]

Live Science: Mood swings & mommy brain: The emotional challenges of pregnancy

Plenty of attention is given to the physical changes and discomforts in a woman’s body during pregnancy, but the emotional changes she could be experiencing may not always get discussed. In addition to her physical health, a woman’s emotional well-being and her mental outlook can also play important roles in pregnancy. (June 2, 2015) Read the full […]

TIME: Go to sleep: It may be the best way to avoid getting Alzheimer’s

Poor sleep may be contributing to the buildup of the brain plaques that drive the disease. Doctors studying Alzheimer’s disease have known for a while now that their patients are poor sleepers. But does the disease result in disrupted sleep, or do unhealthy sleep habits contribute to the disease? (June 1, 2015) Read the full […]

News Medical: Key lifestyle changes could help reduce risk of cognitive decline

The evidence is mounting: People can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. That is the conclusion of a new research summary published online today in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. “The research on cognitive decline is still evolving,” said Angela Geiger, Chief Strategy Officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “But there […]