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3 ways to manage smartphone use and improve quality of life


As psy­chol­o­gist Chris Willard often says, our phones can be our great­est ene­my or great­est friend. While they can save us time and ener­gy, edu­cate and enter­tain us, and keep us safe in emer­gen­cies, they can also dis­tract us from the things we need in life to stay hap­py and healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Lack of sleep seen to cause sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in adolescents with attention deficits


It is esti­mat­ed that up to 75% of youth with ADHD have sleep prob­lems. And, exper­i­men­tal stud­ies that manip­u­late sleep quan­ti­ty have demon­strat­ed a causal link between sleep and ADHD behav­ior in chil­dren.

How­ev­er, there has been no pri­or work in which sleep dura­tion has been manip­u­lat­ed in ado­les­cents diag­nosed with ADHD. Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds lifelong neurogenesis in the hippocampus, but rates decline with age and, especially, Alzheimer’s disease

Recent, imma­ture neu­rons (in red) and old­er, mature neu­rons (in blue) in the hip­pocam­pus of a 68-year-old’s brain. Cred­it: CSIC


Old brains still make neu­rons, study finds, offer­ing a pos­si­ble way to pro­tect against Alzheimer’s (STAT):

Reports of old brains’ decrepi­tude have been great­ly exag­ger­at­ed, sci­en­tists report­ed on Mon­day, unveil­ing results that con­tra­dict a much-dis­cussed 2018 study and instead sup­port the idea that human gray mat­ter is capa­ble of gen­er­at­ing new neu­rons up to the ninth decade of life.

The research, pub­lished in Nature Med­i­cine, also found that old brains from peo­ple with­out demen­tia have much high­er rates of such neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis than Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds promise in smell training to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health in older adults


An impaired sense of smell can sig­nal cog­ni­tive decline, but ‘smell train­ing’ could help (The Con­ver­sa­tion):

As we age, we often have prob­lems with our abil­i­ty to smell (called olfac­to­ry dys­func­tion). Old­er peo­ple might not be able to iden­ti­fy an odour or dif­fer­en­ti­ate one odour from anoth­er. In some cas­es they might not be able to detect an odour at all.

Odour iden­ti­fi­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties are com­mon in peo­ple with neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases, includ­ing Alzheimer’s dis­ease Read the rest of this entry »

For the second week, El Cerebro Que Cura is a bestseller in Catalonia, Spain

From the official list in el Periódico for the week March 4–10th:


1-‘Cómo hac­er que te pasen cosas bue­nas’.  Mar­i­an Rojas.  Espasa.  Un libro que quiere ayu­dar a mejo­rar nues­tras vidas.  200 pági­nas.  11 sem­anas.  19,90 euros.

2-‘Come comi­da real’. Car­los Ríos.  Paidós. Una guía para trans­for­mar nues­tra salud comien­do salud­able­mente.  304 pági­nas.  1 sem­ana.  17 euros.

3-‘Diccionario de las cosas que no supe expli­carte’.  Ris­to Mejide.  Espasa.  Ris­to Mejide expli­ca sus emo­ciones y expe­ri­en­cias.  206 pági­nas.  4 sem­anas.  19,90 euros.

4-‘Manual de resisten­cia’. Pedro Sánchez.  Penín­su­la.  Pedro Sánchez nar­ra las expe­ri­en­cias que han for­ja­do su tenaci­dad políti­ca.  320 pági­nas.  3 sem­anas.  20,50 euros.

5-‘No todo vale’.  Antoni Bay­ona.  Penín­su­la.  La visión per­son­al del jurista Antoni Bay­ona sobre las entrañas del ‘procés’.  396 pági­nas.  2 sem­anas.  17,90 euros.

6-‘Sapiens. De ani­males a dios­es’. Yuval Noah Harari. Debate. Un resumen instruc­ti­vo de la evolu­ción de la humanidad. 512 pági­nas.  83 sem­anas.  19,90 euros.

7- ‘El cere­bro que cura’. Álvaro Pas­cual-Leone, Álvaro Fer­nán­dez-Ibáñez y David Bartés-Faz.  Platafor­ma Edi­to­r­i­al.  232 pági­nas.  2 sem­anas.  20 euros. Read the rest of this entry »

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