Brain Health

Live Science: Students Risk Brain Problems from ‘Smart’ Drugs

More than a million American students misuse prescription drugs in hopes of boosting their attention, memory or energy levels. But taking these drugs could cause long-term impairments in brain function, recent animal studies suggest. “Smart drugs” that may improve brain performance in the short term appear to have lasting effects on developing brains, making them less adaptable for […]

Forbes: Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning

Although academics, including cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and education researchers, have waged fierce debates about what these different needs are—some talk about multiple intelligences and learning styles whereas others point to research that undermines these notions—what no one disputes is that each student learns at a different pace. Some students learn quickly. Others learn more slowly. […]

Ny News 1: Mediterranean Style Diet Can Help Prevent Brain Aging

Certain foods can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and keep your brain sharp in general. NY1’s Jill Urban filed the following report. We’ve all heard the expression you are what you eat, and that is especially true when it comes to taking care of your brain. Dr. Richard Isaacson is the director of the Alzheimer’s […]

ABC: ‘Blending’ is the key to humanity’s evolution, culture and success

We all know that human beings are capable of great thought, imagination and foresight, but science still hasn’t worked out why or how. Cognitive scientist Mark Turner believes the answer lays in a process he calls ‘blending’. As I see it, there was no lightning flash that struck some lone human being and turned him or her […]

CBS: ER visits for traumatic brain injury spike 30 percent

The rate of emergency room visits for traumatic brain injury increased by 30 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers say the uptick in urgent care for concussions and other related head injuries may be the result of public health campaigns, legislation and […]

LA Times: Concussions, other brain injuries prompt more patients to visit the ER

Between 2006 and 2010, the total number of visits to emergency departments in a nationwide sample of hospitals grew by 3.6%. During that same period, the number of visits by patients seeking treatment for a traumatic brain injury grew by 29.1%, researchers report in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The eight-fold […]

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 […]