Brain Health

Know Brainers

Know Brainers: Take the time to quiet your mind. Your brain solves complex problems when at rest.

New York Magazine: New Brain Study Shows Why Making Difficult Choices Sucks

Concepts like decision paralysis and decision fatigue are pretty hot right now among folks who study human behavior. Everyone, after all, has to make a lot of day-to-day decisions, and everyone can identify with the unpleasant feelings that can often result. A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shines some light […]

Wisconsin State Journal: Childhood Stress Can Reconfigure Biology, UW-Madison Research Says

Abused children tend to develop lifelong emotional and physical problems, and now UW-Madison scientists may have found a biological reason: Maltreatment appears to turn off a gene that regulates stress. It’s the latest finding from the lab of psychologist Seth Pollak to suggest that abuse, neglect or poverty early in life can alter the brain […]

Nature World News: Stress Hormones Help Brain Build Negative Memories

Stress can strengthen negative memories, a new study states. People often remember tragic events in greater details while good memories can simply get blurred with time. A new research by Sabrina Segal and colleagues from the Arizona State University explains why this happens. Related studies have shown that even cortisol can help strengthen memories. However, […]

Red Orbit: Sleepy? It’s A Sure Bet Your Memory Is Affected As Well As Your Health

Going without sleep over a long period of time can be detrimental to your health in many ways, including depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain and even a lack of sex drive. WebMD cites sleeplessness as a mitigating factor in some of the largest disasters in recent history, including Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, […]

Vancouver 24 Hrs: More To Concussion Relief Than Dark Rooms

While most of the concussions we see will occur because of a sporting mishap or car accident, many soldiers have received traumatic brain injuries from improvised explosive devices (homemade bombs). All departments of the U.S. military have been using acupuncture to treat these injuries, and they are training physicians how to perform the therapy. The […]

Cosmos: The Mind of Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku has an extraordinary mind. It loves nothing better than occupying itself untangling the mathematics of subatomic strings vibrating in 11 dimensions. “My wife always thinks something strange is happening because I stare out the window for hours,” he says. “That’s all I’m doing. I’m playing with equations in my head.” In his day […]

The Hill: HELP Approves Bills On Exercise, Traumatic Brain Injury

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved six public health bills Wednesday, including measures promoting exercise (S. 531) and improve care for traumatic brain injuries (S. 2539). At least two of the bills are likely to become law this year. Already passed by the House, one would expand the federal definition […]