A new study shows that severe cases of the coronavirus can cause strokes and other neurological issues, or an “altered mental state” for patients.
The research, published in the British medical journal Lancet Psychiatry, looked at a small pool of severe COVID-19 cases. The researchers found more than 100 patients who had either neurological or psychiatric problems from the coronavirus.
Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.
— Erma Bombeck
The brain is the control center for all of our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and emotions. It’s the pilothouse on the riverboat of our lives. It’s Mission Control for all of our flights into space or time. It’s the air traffic controller that helps us navigate and reroute our paths based on incoming and outgoing information and how we’re feeling about it at the time. It’s the John Williams of our personal symphony. It’s the Mother Ship to our Starfleet; it’s … (Uh, sorry, I got carried away there, but I think you get my point!)
As I was working on the drafts of my latest book book, my own brain was very active, to say the least. [Read more…] about Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3)
The perils of opening the mind (Boston Globe):
“Forget the joystick. Today you can use your mind alone to navigate virtual environments or fly real-world drones. You can buy sleek headbands that read your brain signals and help you meditate or stay focused. Or you can get them for your kids to make sure they’re working, not daydreaming [Read more…] about Let’s anticipate the potential misuse of neurological data to minimize the risks–and maximize the benefits
We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us—how it strengthens our hearts and lungs, and helps us prevent diseases like diabetes. That’s why so many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions to move more, knowing it will make us healthier and live longer.
But many people don’t know about the other important benefits of exercise—how it can help us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage.
Around the world, people who are physically active are happier and more satisfied with their lives. They have a stronger sense of purpose and experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed.
These benefits are seen throughout the lifespan, including [Read more…] about Five profound ways physical exercise shapes your brain and mind
We humans evolved to be social creatures. By gaining the skills to cooperate with others, we were able to stave off predators, eat more consistently, and care for each other’s young, allowing our genes to carry forward.
So, why do we still struggle at times to get along—even to the extent that we war on one another? And how can understanding our evolutionary heritage help us have better relationships and more happiness today? [Read more…] about New book suggest ways to understand behavior and boost happiness in light of human evolution
Epigenetic Changes Guide Development of Different Brain Regions (Dana Foundation):
“It’s one of the greatest standing mysteries in neuroscience: Given that each cell in the human body contains the same DNA, how, exactly, does the brain develop into distinct functional regions, supported by different cell types? And how might that developmental program go awry, resulting in neurodevelopmental disorders like schizophrenia or autism? The answers may be the epigenome [Read more…] about Epigenetics research opens potential door to prevent neurodevelopmental disorders