Brain Health

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Hidden Horrors of High School Athletics and Hope for Brain Training Treatment

Steven came home late that winter evening and dropped down on the couch with a triumphant grin. Another playoff success! With a regionals win under his belt for a second… read more

The Truthful Scoop on Sugar

It was two-thirty in the afternoon and Dana’s positive attitude was wearing thin. She needed at least another three hours of mental focus for her workday, so she poured a… read more

Genetic Risk for Dementia Offset by Healthy Lifestyle

We’ve all heard grandma chiding us to eat our fresh veggies and fruits; “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Now scientific research offers an interesting twist on that… read more

Mushrooms to Fight Cognitive Decline

The retirement home kitchen is bustling with activity. Staff members put the finishing touches on a delicious dinner prepared for the residents and their family members. Fresh vegetables and wild… read more

Time for a Life-giving Summertime Stroll

It has been estimated that half of all adults in the United States will develop a serious chronic disease in their lifetime, but what can be done to lower these… read more

Finding Sleep In A Sleepless World

She rushed into the kitchen and reached for the steaming coffee pot. Smooth, dark hair hung loose about her shoulders, framing a strikingly beautiful face. Her long legs were lean… read more

Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline

Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline When I was a child I was told, “you are what you eat.” But somehow despite my constant consumption of baby dill pickles… read more

A Little Marijuana; Alotta Damage to Teen Brain

The subject of cannabis (marijuana) has become highly controversial not only in politics and public media but also in the field of scientific research. There are arguably as many studies… read more

But I’m Hungry! Does Fasting Really Make a Difference?

The winds of Springtime are upon us, and those fitness resolutions from January haunt our days. Celebrity magazines are awash with miraculous weight-loss stories from the apparently effortless process of… read more

Surefire Stress Busters to Slow the Speed of Life

February is here, Spring is right around the corner, and time is rushing by at breakneck speed. And yet. And yet I sat there in the winter sunshine and did… read more

A New Year; A New Brain

It was the evening of January 1st, 2019 when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair,… read more

Running Laps Around Education

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. With an ever-increasing use of computers and other technological learning devices, the typical classroom has become far more sedentary than it was… read more

From Couch-Potato-Kid to Athlete: Social Media Motivation

Peer pressure generally gets a bad rap, followed closely by the banality of social media. Yet recent research published on Nature.com reveals an exciting benefit from the peer pressure of… read more

Physical Fitness For Obese Teens Leads to Improved Cognition

New Pediatric Research published by Nature.com investigated the cognitive impact of weight loss in obese adolescents. The link between obesity and many other medical problems is well documents, yet there… read more

Mediterranean Diet for Depression

New research from a team in Australia shows that a Mediterranean diet may help reduce depression. Imagine being able to reduce depression symptoms simply by changing your diet! Researchers organized… read more

But Mom, I need more sleep!

Two months into a new school year, and teenagers across the country are once again battling sleep deprivation. With afternoon activities, homework, social engagements, and late-night media, most high-schoolers are… read more

Exercise + Sleep = Better GPA

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer Want to see better grades in school? The Journal of Physical Activity and Health recently published a new study analyzing the academic benefits of… read more

Resting Easy After A Concussion

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be deeply devastating for patients and their families, yet new research confirms the effectiveness of melatonin for decreasing insomnia… read more

Early to Bed, Early to Rise: Does it Make You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?

The March 2018 issue of Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry includes a compelling research study that just might convince you it’s true. Researchers evaluated 52 participants regarding sleep… read more

Counting Sheep To Fall Asleep? Try Fish Instead!

A recently published Scientific Reports study of 541 school-aged children in China revealed a correlation between the consumption of fish and improved sleep. The authors assert that while the scientific… read more

Fit Body, Fit Mind: Exercise Your Way to a Healthier Brain

By Terissa Miller, MS Psy She ran on ahead as I stopped to take a swig from my water bottle and relish the cool shade of a sprawling cypress tree.… read more

Are Greens The Fountain of Youth?

Mama always said to eat your greens, and new research once again confirms that Mama knows best. The American Academy of Neurology recently published a study regarding the chemical composition… read more

Intermittent Fasting: You’re Halfway There!

PubMed recently posted a new study on the brain benefits of intermittent fasting. The research, published by Nature Reviews Neuroscience, refers to “intermittent metabolic switching” which can be achieved through… read more

Stress Got You Worked Up? Work Out!

The effects of chronic stress on the memory center of the brain can be reduced by running. Researchers at Brigham Young University investigated the impact of stress on the connections… read more

Big Money For Sleep Research

A grant for 2.8 million dollars has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense for Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center to launch a 3-year study to… read more

Depression Reducing Diet

New research from a team in Australia shows that a Mediterranean diet may help reduce depression. Imagine being able to reduce depression symptoms simply by changing your diet! Researchers organized… read more

Wine a little, laugh a lot

We all know that overindulging in alcohol is bad for the body and the brain. But new research confirms that enjoying a small amount of alcohol can actually provide benefits… read more

Overeating: Not a brain-smart choice

The newest issue of Physiology & Behavior includes a compelling review of how diet impacts the central nervous system and brain function. According to the authors, “acute intake of hypercaloric… read more

Substituting Sedentary Time

It has been estimated that half of all adults in the United States will develop a serious chronic disease in their lifetime, but what can be done to lower these… read more

Combating Alzheimer’s Disease

The total direct and indirect costs that dementia causes per year is now up to 818 billion dollars and is expected to rise this year. Alzheimer’s disease cases make up… read more

Brain Power Couple: Creatine and Omega-3

Dietary supplements such as creatine and Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial to a person’s body and muscles, but could they also improve your brain’s health? Research reveals some intriguing… read more

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Eat Your Way to a Sharper Brain by Terissa Miller, MS PSY We’ve all heard it: you are what you eat. But, really? So…I’m a cheesy burrito… read more

Ketogenic For Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most aggressive and lethal forms of brain cancer causing average survival times between 8 and 15 months. Recent research has shown hope in… read more