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OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been tied to a higher level of inflammation in the brain, so says a recent study from Canada. The study was small, comparing 20 OCD patients with a 20 person control group that did NOT have the condition. Inflammation was found to be higher by 32% in the OCD patients when looking at 6 brain regions playing a role in OCD.
Breakthrough could spur better treatments for anxiety disorder, researchers say.... Read more...

Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground

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Children that are overweight - particularly if they have excess visceral fat deep within the abdomen - are at risk of a higher level of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is believed to be unhealthy for the brain. This type of fat is also linked to increased risk for diabetes in children as well as adults. When children are active (at least an hour a day) they show reduced visceral fat AND improved test scores!
In children, exercise may help to improve cognition by first improving waistlines..... Read more...

5 Habits That Improve your Mental State, Motivation and Productivity

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As an entrepreneur, or anyone that devotes a lot of their time to making a business successful, you know that some of the most valuable habits for both your well-being and that of your business are unrelated to business knowledge and skill. Here are 5 habits that will not only make you feel better but will boost your productivity and motivation.
Most entrepreneurs have an intuitive understanding that mental health is important to the success of their business..... Read more...

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain’s Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

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15 million adults in total suffer from depression in the United States alone, and it is on the rise in young people. Traditionally depression has been treated with medication, but transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is showing promise as an alternative treatment!
Researchers have developed a revolutionary treatment that pulses magnetic waves into the brain, treating depression by changing neurological structures. It has been shown to be extremely effective. Read more...

50 Inspirational Quotes To Motivate You

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." —Mark Twain. The other 49 inspirational quotes are really good too!
No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best. Great quotes have an incredible ability to put things in perspective. Here are 50 of my absolute favorites: If. Read more...

Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works - Newsweek

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This amazing research sounds more like science fiction than 'anatomy!' Groups of neurons randomly grouping in very specific ways and then, after processing is complete, disappearing. If you are fascinated by how brains operate, this article is a must-read!
Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain WorksScientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11. Read more...

Omaha violinist with synesthesia, the ability to see notes as colors, lands on TV contest ‘Superhuman’

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There are actually many people that have some form of synesthesia - many aren't even aware of their ability! Statistics show that 1 out of 23 people have some form of cross-sensory experience.
The Omaha violinist who sees musical notes as colors has played with Michael Bublé and Mannheim Steamroller. She’s earned a neuroscience degree and built her own social network. Now she’s. Read more...

The Best Way to Prevent Stress From Corroding Your Brain

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Find out why exercise is one of the best things you can do to protect your brain from the effects of stress. It doesn't only do good things WHILE you are exercising, there are far more benefits post-exercise.
We tend to lump stress into one big “bad” category. But in actuality, stress comes in many shapes and sizes and is not all bad. Some stress can accompany a positive event, for example. Read more...

How Dr. Daniel Amen Repairs the Brain with Healthy Living

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Dr. Amen's plan to repair the brain focuses on diet and exercise. In a series of images that were captured as part of these changes, Dr. Amen shows several shrunken brains that expand to a healthier mass in only months by making better lifestyle choices
In this informative talk about brain health, Dr. Daniel G. Amen makes a powerful case for preventative living through healthy habits. In a time where bodies are.... Read more...

How to Get People to Make Good Decisions

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When we see people we care about struggling with issues and circumstances, most of us want to help them. It may seem that pointing out what they are doing 'wrong' is helping them, but this strategy can backfire. There is a better strategy that can help far more!
When we witness people in our lives headed down the wrong path — it’s a natural instinct to correct them, educate them about what’s wrong with what they’re doing, and.... Read more...

Brain Scans May Help Predict Autism in High-Risk Infants

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Children are considered to be at high risk for autism when an older brother or sister has autism. A recent study was performed on 59 high-risk 6-month old infants. Their brains were scanned, and subsequent results showed that the scans correctly picked 9 of 11 children who later were diagnosed with autism.
“If future studies confirm these results, detecting brain differences may enable physicians to diagnose and treat autism earlier than they do today,” said Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the. Read more...

A Study Says Moderate Drinking May Affect the Brain, but Don't Panic

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The results of this study say that even moderate drinking can result in hippocampal atrophy. This is a memory-loss condition that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease, so there has been a lot of reaction to these findings! It does raise questions, but does not say that moderate drinking harms the brain.
Topiwala also says she’s not totally sure why even moderate amounts of drinking might impact a person’s brain, but her team wants to investigate this further. Still, Dr. Sachdev says he’s. Read more...

DARPA's TNT Program Aims To Train The Brain To 'Download' New Skills Instead Of Learning Them - MobiPicker

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Maybe The Matrix wasn't so far off after all! What if we could get our brains into such a receptive learning state that it became effortless?
DARPA's TNT Program Aims To Train The Brain To 'Download' New Skills Instead Of Learning ThemUnder this program, safe neurostimulation methods are used to activate synaptic plasticity, which is the. Read more...

In honor of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, let's discuss 10 Key Facts To Harness Brain Plasticity And Prolong ... - HuffPost

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If you want to keep your brain healthy, you need to be aware that chronic stress reduces neurogenesis. The cycle of unending stress impairs memory and blocks openness to new ideas. Meditation and biofeedback, however, can help users reduce the effects of physiological stress. Be sure to read this article to get other ways to make use of your brain's plasticity!
In honor of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, let's discuss 10 Key Facts To Harness Brain Plasticity And Prolong ...1. Genes do not determine the fate of our brains (not even the infamous. Read more...

Three Powerful Ways To Stay Positive

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Our brains are hard-wired to look for threats, which can make maintaining a positive outlook a little challenging! But your health and performance will be much better if you make the effort. Here are 3 ways that you can deliberately focus yourself into a more positive outlook. It includes our favorite one, GRATITUDE!
The researchers found optimists had a much stronger immune response than pessimists. Keeping a positive attitude isn't just good for your health. Martin Seligman has also studied the connection. Read more...

Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For You - TIME

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The list of benefits to performing regular strength training is long, from reducing inflammation (a major risk factor for heart disease and other conditions) to improved insulin sensitivity to better bone strength.
Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For YouModern exercise science shows that working with weights—whether that weight is a light dumbbell or your own body—may be the best exercise. Read more...

Helpful tips for riding out a panic attack

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Many people find that mindfulness is the key to dialing down a panic attack and keeping anxiety under control. There's an app for that!
Surely Spotify has a playlist for panic attacks..... Read more...

60 Top Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be an Outstanding Leader

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"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." George Patton
At the same time, though, it's possible to gain inspiration and motivation from other leaders who have been there, done that -- and done it extremely well. Here are some great quotes about leadership. Read more...

A Hardware Update for the Human Brain

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Brain implants have been used for Parkinson's Disease as well as for drug-resistant epilepsy. Now preliminary research indicates that targeted brain stimulation using technology like these may be able to improve recall in those with memory loss!
The field that gave Emily her life back is known as neurotechnology, or simply neurotech—a marriage of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and the kind of hardware that goes into smartphones.. Read more...

5 Smart Ways to Deal With Workplace Stress - Next Avenue

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When participants in a study embraced a more positive mindset about stress, they experienced a 23 percent drop in stress-related symptoms. That is huge! So one of the ways of dealing with stress is to redefine how you think about stress. You could also make sure you start workplace conversations with something positive. Read this article for some other great advice.
5 Smart Ways to Deal With Workplace StressWhen participants in a study by Gielan and her husband Shawn Achor (CEO and co-founder of Goodthink), along with researchers from Yale University, embraced a. Read more...