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Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus


Hard Evi­dence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exer­cis­ing The Body And The Mind (Forbes):

Alzheimer’s dis­ease is one of the most feared diag­noses among patients…once the dis­ease has been diag­nosed, there is noth­ing mod­ern med­i­cine can do to stop it.

But it can be slowed, and a new study pre­sented Read the rest of this entry »

Under what conditions can mindfulness courses help health care workers manage stress and burnout?


Med­ical pro­fes­sion­als are bur­dened daily with the pain and suf­fer­ing of patients. Many work long hours, and reg­u­larly face stress­ful sit­u­a­tions. This bur­den does not come with­out con­se­quence: 60 per­cent of physi­cians report hav­ing expe­ri­enced burnout at some point in their careers.

Mind­ful­ness courses designed to help health care work­ers Read the rest of this entry »

A too mindful debate about mindfulness?

meditation_blueThe Mind­ful­ness Back­lash (The New York Times):

Mind­ful­ness has reached such a level of hip­ness that it is now sug­gested as a cure for essen­tially every ail­ment. Anx­ious? Broke? Sneez­ing? Def­i­nitely try med­i­tat­ing. This vogue is in part due to the real ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness, a form of atten­tion and aware­ness often (but not always) achieved through med­i­ta­tion or yoga. It’s a trend for a rea­son. But Read the rest of this entry »

Test your stress level with this free brain teaser


Here’s a quick test to deter­mine your stress level.  Read the fol­low­ing descrip­tion com­pletely before look­ing at the pic­ture. Read the rest of this entry »

Rethinking Alzheimer’s research, beyond amyloid deposition, via new funding models

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptHow a new approach to fund­ing Alzheimer’s research could pay off (MIT News):

More than 5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer from Alzheimer’s dis­ease, the afflic­tion that erodes mem­ory and other men­tal capac­i­ties, but no drugs tar­get­ing the dis­ease have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion since 2003…Lo and three co-authors pro­pose Read the rest of this entry »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-training games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

No time for brain fitness and mental exercise? Solution: Watch less TV

time_tv10 maps that show how much time Amer­i­cans spend groom­ing, eat­ing, think­ing and pray­ing (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

The Amer­i­can Time Use Sur­vey is a trea­sure trove of data for under­stand­ing how Amer­i­cans spend their days. The sur­vey is essen­tially a national diary of how Read the rest of this entry »

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