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  • Neurons
    The Brain's Neural Connections
    Right now, I'm thinking about neural connections and epigenetics.New research is showing remarkable things about the way our bodies and minds work. These affect all our experiences as human beings, including our daily lives, our physical...
  • Michelle Bachmann and Ben Carson speak in Naples, FL (Mar. 2015)
    What’s really important for our children to learn and understand
    Late last week, two great speakers came to Naples, FL to talk on different topics. I was able to be in the room as each spoke at a different event. Both speakers embedded three identical messages within their talks as they told similar tales of...
  • Seniors Exercising
    Being active protects white matter keeping seniors moving
    Physical activity matters when it comes to the brainStrong evidence has demonstrated physically active older adults have lower rates of diseases including heart disease and diabetes. They also have a lower risk of falls. Now it appears being...
  • New thoughts about climate change
    Some new thinking about climate change
    WEATHERTORIAL: A few weeks ago, returning from an AAAS (American Association For The Advancement of Science) Conference in San Jose, CA, I had the pleasure of meeting another conference attendee at a San Jose airport restaurant. The gentleman, a...
  • Brain Freeze Poverty
    Brain Freeze Poverty
    Do you have your ticket? Have you bought your seat? Are you ready to go? Have you been sitting on ready just waiting for the streamlined silver bullet of success to show up at your door step? The truth is: for all of our lives, we have been...
  • brain
    Let’s see what your brain can do
    What do you really know about your brain and how it works. Here are a few quick facts.Does the brain multitask?The brain cannot process two conscious tasks at a time. We may think we are multitasking but what is happening is that our brain is just...
  • Can your thoughts help control pain?
    Can your thoughts help control pain?
    Until now it has been unclear how the phenomenon of a person's mindset can affect their experience of pain. For example, a soldier in the midst of battle or an athlete in competition may report that an injury did not feel especially painful in...
  • Musicophilia book cover
    Book Review: Musicophilia, Tales of Music and the Brain
    Dr. Oliver Sacks is a British physician who has been practicing neurology for nearly 50 years. He is a neurologist and best-selling author living in New York. Currently he works in nursing homes, hospitals, and is a Professor of Neurology at New...
  • Music to your ears -- and your bones -- is good for you
    Music to your ears -- and your bones -- is good for you
    Music that you can not only hear, but also feel in your bones, may be some of the best medicine around.According to a duo of musicians who hail from Great Britain, "listening with your bones can provide audial sensations you didn't know...
  • Musical rhythms sound the right note for beneficial effects in the brain
    Musical rhythms sound the right note for beneficial effects in the brain
    What can soothe the savage beast? The evidence is increasingly clear. Rhythm and music are dynamic forces for a host of benefits from neurological improvements to reduced stress, greater acuity and verbal prowess, and enhancement of abilities in...
  • Power of prayer and healing
    Doctors discuss the power of prayer and healing
    Cynthia McFadden on NBC Nightly News on Dec. 23, discussed with doctors the power of prayer and what happens to the brain when people pray. Most people know doctors are trained to keep religion and medicine separate, but doctors are taking notice...
  • Elderly
    Clot-removing stent provides better stroke recovery
    A study conducted in the Netherlands found that using a new type of stent to remove large blood clots in the brain greatly enhanced the recovery of stroke patients, allowing many to return to an independent life. The study, published in the Oct....
  • New studies link brain inflammation and preeclampsia with increased autism risk
    New studies link brain inflammation and preeclampsia with increased autism risk
    Two new studies published this week link various risk factors with the development of autism. The first study published Wednesday in the journalNature Communicationsanalyzed 104 samples of brain tissue in 72 individuals, 32 of whom were diagnosed...
  • Marijuana
    Marijuana And Its Effect On Your Brain Health
    Marijuana has an immediate effect on the brain right away. THC does tend to activate the rewards system in the brain, in the very same manner that it does any other drugs of abuse normally do. This is because it does stimulate brain cells to...
  • Creativity in ADHD children
    Children with ADHD may have more creative brains
    ADHD is a label that is running rampant and seems to be used much too freely in today's society. As parents, teachers, school administrators and mental health professionals we need to be diligent in how we are labeling our children. First of...
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