Reversal of Memory Loss is Possible

Did you know that Alzheimer's Disease affects 5.4 million Americans and a total of 30 million people globally?  By 2050 it is projected that as many as 13 million Americans and 160 million people globally will be affected by this debilitating disease.  This makes Alzheimer's Disease the 3rd leading cause of death, behind cardiovascular disease and cancer.  And, it is predicted that if these devastating numbers are achieved, the result will lead to Medicare bankruptcy.   Not a pretty picture, is it? Continue reading

New Strides in Mapping the Brain's Vital Signs

  When we visit our health practitioners, one of the first steps before seeing the doctor is to get our vital signs measured: height and weight, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, chest air-clarity, and sometimes, a blood profile.  The purpose is to give our practitioners an on-going tracking of our basic health. Now, fast-forward into 2016 and beyond.  In the near future, you may find that practitioners will begin testing your brain-health.  In the past, brain function testing was conducted only after some sort of disease or trauma, such as a concussion.   But, today, researchers have discovered how to read your brain's vital-sign framework.   Continue reading

More Tips for Retaining Memory

As we age, retaining certain memories can pose as a problem.  Actually, research shows that our brains change structurally and functionally, as we age, which can trigger memory and thinking impairment.    Specifically, short term or new memories tend to be the hardest to preserve.   Neuroscientists have discovered that the part of the brain that holds episodic memories (specific events and their context)... called the hippocampus... tends to be 'less engaged' in older people.  They believe that this cognitive aging is most likely influenced by a combination of multiple genes.   Continue reading

Movement: Waking Up the Brain

"Don’t fidget. Sit still." Children are expected to sit in the classroom, sometimes for hours. But, many professionals now claim that they need to move around and play more often. They need to climb trees, hang upside down, and do all of the other fun running-around games that kids love to do. Continue reading

HeartMath Goes to South Africa

HeartMath Institute is sponsoring an international effort called The Global Coherence Initiative, with the goal to activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. Their hypothesis is that Earth’s magnetic field carries biological information that links all living systems. Continue reading

Mapping the Brain

Want to know how the brain works? Allan Jones, Ph.D., CEO, of the Allen Institute for Brain Science provides a fascinating Ted Talk on how the brain works. Continue reading

What's the Purpose of Your Brain?

Believe it or not, neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert does not believe the brain evolved to think and feel. Instead, it evolved to control movement. This fascinating and unique Ted Talk perspective gives us a view on how the brain creates motion. Enjoy! Continue reading

Memory Tips

Many of us have tendencies to forget other people’s names. Then, as we age, it can become even more frequent. But, the saving factor here is that most of us tend to forget names, and therefore, it becomes less of an embarrassment. Continue reading

Being Grateful for the Simple Things

Being Grateful can have such a powerful impact on our attitudes and perspectives. Now, science is proving that even simple things, such as being grateful for everyday outcomes and situations, can benefit our selves both mentally and physically. Continue reading

The Next Generation of Bionics

We have learned how the study of animals and insects can teach us so much about ourselves. Take for example, fruit flies– the little pests that get into our fruit and veggies in the grocery stores and then come home with us. These little insects share similar proteins in the genes that form memory and by studying them, we learn about our own memory development. Continue reading