Damage from concussion alters the way information is transmitted between the two halves of the brain, according to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Research has shown that the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that carries signals between the brain’s left and… Continue reading Concussion Changes How Information Flows Within The Brain
Granny and gramps get smarter when they go hardcore at the gym. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. What’s true, though, is that McMaster University researchers have found that high-intensity workouts give older adults a measurable memory boost. But if they want the benefits, they’ll need to go hard. Intensity is critical, according to… Continue reading Senior Memory Improves With High-Intensity Exercise
Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?
Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating illness. It not only steals the memory, cognition, self-reliance and eventually the life of the victim, it has profound, painful and lasting affects on the victims friends and family. Nobody in the orbit of this disease escapes unscathed. Researchers and medical professionals have been searching for ways to predict, prevent… Continue reading Gut Bacteria and Alzheimer’s: Is There a Dietary Connection?
There seems to be a mad rush to push Americans and others around the world to adopt a plant-based diet. Large swaths of people speak authoritatively about how vegan diets will save the planet and cure everything from obesity to diabetes to cancer to the common cold. We’re told that cow farts pollute the atmosphere… Continue reading Plant-Based Diets: Bad For The Brain?
Everywhere you turn, it seems that someone is trying to convince you that marijuana – weed, cannabis, etc., – is not only not dangerous, but somehow good for you. I’m not talking about medical marijuana here. This is about recreational and casual marijuana. Government, media, lobbyists and those who will profit from legal cannabis are… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 5 – Some Straight Dope on Weed and Your Teens
For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids
People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The new finding highlights the importance… Continue reading Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study
Ask just about any parent whether napping has benefits and you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes,” particularly for the child’s mood, energy levels, and school performance. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal SLEEP backs up that parental insight. A study of nearly 3,000 fourth,… Continue reading School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically
A study of older Australians has found a morning bout of moderate-intensity exercise improves cognitive performance like decision-making across the day compared to prolonged sitting without exercise. Furthermore, the study showed that a morning bout of exercise combined with brief light-intensity walking breaks to frequently disrupt sitting throughout an 8-hour day can boost your short-term… Continue reading Exercise in the Morning To Make Better Decisions All Day: Study