There Is No Such Thing as a Minor Concussion

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  • Concussions are considered to be a form of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) because they’re typically not life-threatening, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that concussions are often not mild, instead leading to serious symptoms and lasting changes in the brain
  • Common concussion symptoms include changes in mood and behavior, headache and sensitivity to light and sound; even simply “not feeling right” or feeling down after a blow to the head could signal a concussion
  • After studying the brains of hockey players who had received concussions, researchers found abnormal brain wave activity that persisted for years, along with partial wasting of motor pathways that could degrade attention
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, accounting for 48% of cases
  • In the aftermath of a concussion, you’ll want to get adequate sleep to help recharge your brain and avoid excessive physical activity, driving too soon and overstimulating your brain with work or school

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Here’s why you need phosphorus in your diet, a mineral that promotes bone strength

Phosphorus is a mineral that the body needs to perform important functions, such as repairing tissues and filtering waste. It is the second most plentiful mineral in the body – next to calcium – and it is used to keep the bones strong and healthy. However, as an essential mineral, phosphorus cannot be produced by the body, and should be obtained through diet instead. Continue reading

It’s bad for you, but you won’t know: Commonly prescribed medications can increase dementia risk by nearly 50%, researchers warn

If you’re looking to reduce your risk of dementia, you might be increasing your intake of blueberries and omega-3 rich foods, but a new study shows another very important step you should take: avoid anticholinergic medication. Continue reading

Who’s a clever girl! Whisky the six-year-old border collie learns the names of 90 different toys on her own and can fetch them on request

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  • More than learning toy names, Whisky recognises the different types of object
  • For example, she can pick out a ball or rope when asked from a set of new toys
  • The clever collie appears to have learnt these groups without deliberate training
  • The smartest dog on record reportedly knew 1,000 words and basic grammar

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The Many Benefits of Meditation

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  • Meditation benefits include improved attention, memory, processing speed and creativity. It may also help counteract age-related loss of brain volume
  • Meditation can give you an energizing boost similar to caffeine, but meditation accomplishes this without the adverse effects associated with caffeine
  • Meditation provides your body with rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep. Meditating for 20 minutes equates to a 1.5-hour nap, but you won’t have that “sleep hangover” afterward. Instead, you’ll feel awake and refreshed

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From Armageddon to Pharmageddon

How the use of violence to teach lessons has outlived its authority Continue reading

Specific Area of the Brain Holds the Key to Aging

A top anti-aging scientist at Harvard described the group’s first study as “a major breakthrough in aging research.” He called their follow-up work “a tour de force.” Continue reading

Try This if You Want to Ace a New Skill

If you are a frequent reader of this publication, you’ve seen articles urging you to learn a new skill to keep your brain young. The benefits are huge, especially for working memory. Learning a new language or mastering a musical instrument are good examples. Continue reading

Powering up a Video Game with an Exercise Bicycle Powers up the Brain

Working out on an exercise bicycle while you pedal through a make-believe video environment, can help keep your brain power stronger as you age. Continue reading

Thoughts Can Produce Health Enhancing Biochemicals

Did You Know……that positive thoughts can produce health-enhancing biochemicals superior to any that a pharmaceutical company could ever manufacture–without any adverse side effects? Continue reading

Magnesium Improves Brain Plasticity to Ease Anxiety and Boost Cognition

Magnesium is an essential mineral required to perform more than 300 critical biochemical enzymatic reactions within the human body. Optimal circulating magnesium levels are well known to promote cardiovascular health. Emerging evidence published in The Journal of Neuroscience explains the importance of this mineral to promote proper electrical and neurotransmitter function in the brain. Continue reading