Brain Health

WFMZ News: Smart Schools, Smart Students

They can navigate their smart phones, update social media and retrieve information in a split second, but cognitive neuroscientist Jacque Gamino said today’s students are lacking the basic skills they need to thrive in the workforce. “They have information at their fingertips, more information than we had growing up, but they don’t know what to […]

LA Times: With or without a history of concussion, football impacts memory

With or without a history of diagnosed concussion, top-level college football players who have logged more years in the game are more likely than non-players to have structural differences in a region of the brain that is key to memory, says a new study. The new research, conducted on 50 college-level football players and 25 […]

Health: Music May Benefit Your Brain

Musical training may increase blood flow to the left side of the brain, new research suggests. The increase in blood flow was seen with just a half hour of music training, according to the study. “The areas of our brain that process music and language are thought to be shared, and previous research has suggested […]

The Examiner: Intermittent Fasting is a Powerful Tool for Weight Loss: Has Anti-Aging Benefits

Research by the National Institute on Aging indicates that in addition to accelerating weight loss, intermittent fasting protects brain health, helps maintain lean muscle mass, improves insulin sensitivity, and boosts the release of anti-aging hormones. The health benefits of IF were detailed extensively in the bestsellers, The Fast Diet and The Every Other Day Diet. “Just as exercise […]

Military Times: Wounded warriors say brain therapy program lifts TBI ‘fog’

Developed by neuroscientists including center chief director Sandra Bond Chapman, SMART is a cognitive program designed to enhance mental productivity by teaching patients to focus on “big picture” creative thinking instead of minutiae. It instructs veterans to avoid multitasking and information overload and instead focus on essential tasks and decisions. “Who doesn’t want to become […]

Health Day: Resveratrol in Red Wine May Not Be Such a Health Booster, After All

However, alcohol in any form can be toxic when one drinks too much. “While some studies indicate that regular consumption of red wine may have health benefits, the reality is that many of us drink too much alcohol, which over time can adversely affect liver and brain function, as well as blood sugar and weight,” […]

The Atlantic: The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All Upgrade Our Brains

In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream. Pills can already help you stay up longer, bring more focus to your work, and who knows what else. But what might sound good on an individual level could create societal disruptions, or so Palo Alto think-tank the Institute for the Future proposes in its latest […]

Inquirer: Exercise the brain by using it

United States-based neurologist and neuropathologist Patricio Reyes introduced Brain HQ, which he called “gym for the brain,” in a lecture hosted by La Manille School of Esthetics & Wellness at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. A former professor at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Reyes said the human brain was regarded as […]

NY Daily News: Electrical stimulation of brain enables ‘lucid dreaming,’ new study

Scientists said they had used a harmless electrical current to modify sleep so that an individual has “lucid dreams,” a particularly powerful form of dreaming. The discovery, announced on Sunday, provides insights into the mechanism of dreaming — an area that has fascinated thinkers for millennia — and may one day help treat mental illness […]

HealthCanal: Oregon researchers capture handoff of tracked object between brain hemispheres

In a study online ahead of print in Current Biology, electroencephalogram (EEG) measured brainwaves from healthy young adults revealed how information about an attended object — one being watched closely — moves from one brain hemisphere to the other. Such handoffs are necessary because the human visual system is contralateral; objects on the left side […]