Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

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Antisocial Teens Exhibit Altered Brain Activity

Teenage girls with problematic social behavior display reduced brain activity and weaker connectivity between the brain regions implicated in emotion regulation. The findings of an international study carried out by researchers from the University of Zurich and others now offer a neurobiological explanation for the difficulties some girls have in controlling their emotions, and provide… Continue reading Antisocial Teens Exhibit Altered Brain Activity

Imagination Influences Attitudes as Powerfully as Experience

Sometimes in life there are special places that seem to stand out to us — a school playground, perhaps an old church, or that inconspicuous street corner where you were kissed for the first time. Before the kiss you had never even noticed that corner. It’s as if the special experience with that beloved person… Continue reading Imagination Influences Attitudes as Powerfully as Experience

Teens May Sleep Better and Longer With Exercise

Getting more exercise than normal — or being more sedentary than usual — for one day may be enough to affect sleep later that night, according to a new study led by Penn State. In a one-week micro-longitudinal study, the researchers found that when teenagers got more physical activity than they usually did, they got… Continue reading Teens May Sleep Better and Longer With Exercise

NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

Home Schooled Kids at No Greater Health Risk: Study

Years of home-schooling don’t appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study. A report by Rice University kinesiology lecturer Laura Kabiri and colleagues in the Oxford University Press journal Health Promotion International puts forth evidence that the amount of time a student spends in home school is “weakly or… Continue reading Home Schooled Kids at No Greater Health Risk: Study

Podcast: The Dirty Dozen – 12 Fruits and Vegetables That Might Be Killing You

Mom said “eat your vegetables!” Your doctor said eat a diet chock full of fruits and vegetables! Your trainer, nutritionist and all your friends say to load up on fruits and vegetables! If the Environmental Working Group is right, all those people are wrong…or trying to kill you! The “Dirty Dozen” list is out for… Continue reading Podcast: The Dirty Dozen – 12 Fruits and Vegetables That Might Be Killing You

“The Dirty Dozen:” 12 Most Pesticide-laden Fruits and Vegetables

The Dirty Dozen. It just sounds, well, dirty. Somehow just not wholesome and good for you. If we’re talking about the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” your instincts would be spot on. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us. Our moms, teachers, trainers, nutritionists and just about everyone else has pounded… Continue reading “The Dirty Dozen:” 12 Most Pesticide-laden Fruits and Vegetables

5 Foods for a Smaller Belly, a Leaner Body and Better Abs!

Let’s face it, we’re all looking for those super-effective foods for weight loss, fat loss and gaining an awesome physique!. But not everyone knows what the best foods are for fighting belly fat. Protein, fat, and carbohydrates (yes I said carbohydrates) are all foods that may feed your metabolism-boosting lean mass, therefore helping you destroy… Continue reading 5 Foods for a Smaller Belly, a Leaner Body and Better Abs!

Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms

Whether or not an NCAA Division I athlete is likely to report concussion symptoms depends on factors including their vested interests, their understanding of health implications, and their team culture and societal influences drawn from narratives of performance circulating in media, according to a study published May 8, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE… Continue reading Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms