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7 Hidden Causes of Stress We are all familiar with the usual sources of stress — work, money, love and health. Our lives can greatly improve once we address not only those but the hidden causes of stress. Here are seven frequently neglected stressors: Too much bad, too little good. Depending … ...
a gold-standard study on brain training The headlines The Telegraph: Alzheimer’s disease: Online brain training “improves daily lives of over-60s” Daily Mail: The quiz that makes over-60s better cooks: Computer brain games ‘stave off mental decline’ Yorkshire Post: Brain training study is “truly significant” The story A new trial shows the benefits of online ‘brain training’ exercises including improvements in everyday […]
Video: Can Our Thoughts Kill Us? Every thought and every emotion catalyze and are catalyzed by biochemical, electrochemical changes. One of my mentors, Dr. Jeanne Achterberg taught us that: “No thought, no emotion, is without biochemical, … ...
Brain's immune system could be harnessed to fight Alzheimer's The brain's immune system could potentially be harnessed to help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The findings are the culmination of years of investigation after a surprising discovery while studying mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers observed that amyloid beta plaques -- which scientists believe play a major role in the disease -- were being cleared in animals with chronic brain inflammation.
I Wish I Could Open Up To People I’ve been really emotional for the past few days. I want to connect with people so badly. It’s the one thing I want more than anything else in this world. … ...
Moving Forward Sorry I haven’t written in a while. To say a lot has been going on is an understatement. I travelled back to my home city to see family and friends … ...
Aging Body, Golden Friend As we age, the body begins to fail. For those who have suffered unusually severe stress, breakdowns may happen early. For instance, neck disease ended my surgical career at forty-one. … ...
Closing the dyslexia achievement gap A large achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers is already present at first grade and persists throughout school; therefore, it is critical to identify and provide effective interventions at the start of school, according to a report by the University of California-Davis and Yale School of Medicine. The study is published online in the [...]
Male victims of women’s violence fear not being believed Men who receive help from crisis centres are mostly satisfied with the help they get. But they fear that nobody will believe that they’ve been abused by a woman. “There is little difference between how men and women handle being exposed to domestic violence,” says criminologist Yngvil Grøvdal. She is one of the researchers behind [...]
Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity? Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it “the lust of the mind.” Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was “the most useful gift.” And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. But ask a group of scientists to define curiosity and you’ll get a rousing debate, and a lot of unanswered questions about its biology. [...]
Exploring current state of knowledge about mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease The current issue of Neurodegenerative Disease Management explores evolving viewpoints on the role of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s Disease (PD-MCI), a medical issue which currently lacks consensus. Neurodegenerative Disease Management is published by Future Science Group. The article is also available free of charge to members of Neurology Central, FSG’s online community for the [...]
‘Odometer neurons’ encode distance traveled and elapsed time Animals navigate by calculating their current position based on how long and how far they have traveled and a new study on treadmill-running rats reveals how: neurons called grid cells integrate information about time and distance to support memory and spatial navigation, even in the absence of visual landmarks. The findings, published November 4 in [...]
Formation of new blood vessels may explain intractable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease Unwanted formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in the brain is likely to be the cause of intractable walking and balance difficulties for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. This conclusion is supported by new research from Lund University in Sweden. Many people with Parkinson’s disease eventually experience walking and balance difficulties, despite adequate medication. Moreover, [...]
Virtual selves can help boost better real world health and exercise habits Customizing an avatar to better resemble its human user may lead to improved health and exercise behaviors, according to a team of researchers. “There’s an emerging body of research that suggests that avatars in virtual environments are an effective way to encourage people to be more healthy,” said T. Franklin Waddell, a doctoral candidate in [...]
How to Beat the Entrepreneurial Blues Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Has your motivation disappeared without any signs of a comeback? From time to time we all fall in a “funk” — when we feel plagued by a lack of focus and feel down for reasons we can’t put … ...
Post-Traumatic Growth and Optimal Experience: Two Sides of the...   When Martin Seligman, now recognized as the father of positive psychology, first began experimenting, he was hoping uncover the then elusive etiology of depression. By placing dogs in a … ...
Top 10 Annoying In-Law Issues In-law relationships can be some of the most complicated with tension arising sometimes at every turn. Let me count the ways … 1. They think they have a right to … ...
Environment and climate helped shape varied evolution of human languages It’s well known that gradual adaptation to the environment shaped the development of human bodies and brains, but recent work by an international group of researchers suggests that the variations in human linguistic evolution also reflect adaptations to the local ecological conditions. The researchers, who hail from the University of New Mexico and Laboratoire Dynamique [...]
Math anxiety doesn’t equal poor math performance Experiencing math anxiety — nervousness and discomfort in relation to math — impairs math performance for some students, but new research shows that it’s linked with improved performance for others, at least to a degree. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two studies, researchers Zhe [...]
Young adults are more envious than their elders — and about more things “Mirror, mirror, on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?” New research doesn’t have an answer to that. But it does give clues as to who is the “enviest” and would have been more likely to pester (and fester) with the question in the first place: Snow White, not her stepmother. If only [...]