Keeping your hands busy linked to maintaining a “healthy mood”

Keeping your hands busy linked to maintaining a “healthy mood”

Haas further explained that, besides being a means for the brain to relax, working with your hands may actually help you maintain a healthy mood and outlook.

Feeling uninspired? Boost your creativity with these 9 activities

Feeling uninspired? Boost your creativity with these 9 activities

In a study published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine , researchers found that some “behavioral pursuits” offer benefits for an individual’s overall health, such as: Reduced boredom Improved heart rate Improved mood Less stress Leisure activities help boost job productivity and performance because they give the brain a much-deserved rest.

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.

Do tea drinkers have better organised brains?

Do tea drinkers have better organised brains?

“Our results offer the first evidence of positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure, and suggest that drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against age-related decline in brain organisation,” explained team leader Assistant Professor Feng Lei, who is from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Mothers who smile a lot at their babies and maintain eye contact “sync up” with them, improving brain development

Mothers who smile a lot at their babies and maintain eye contact “sync up” with them, improving brain development

Social signals like eye contact with their babies increased the pair’s neural synchrony — an event denoted by the brainwaves of both mother and child following the same predictable patterns relative to each other.

'Night owls' can change into early risers within a few weeks, study finds

'Night owls' can change into early risers within a few weeks, study finds

Co-author Dr Andrew Bagshaw, from the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Human Brain Health, said: “Having a late sleep pattern puts you at odds with the standard societal days, which can lead to a range of adverse outcomes – from daytime sleepiness to poorer mental wellbeing.

Motor neurone disease: What is the condition and what are the symptoms?

Motor neurone disease: What is the condition and what are the symptoms?

Affecting approximately two in every 100,000 people in the UK, the disease impacts the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, leading to gradual damage of the body's nervous system.

How long does the brain remain conscious after decapitation?

How long does the brain remain conscious after decapitation?

This suggests that while their heart may not be beating, their brain is certainly aware of what is going on around them, even though they displayed none of the clinical signs of consciousness. Other studies have shown activity in the brain 30 minutes after the heart has stopped beating.

Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment

Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment

The study, published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum , looked at the impact of acupressure on symptoms that frequently accompany fatigue in this population: chronic pain, anxiety, depression and poor sleep.

Obesity and Brain Shrinkage

Obesity and Brain Shrinkage

The study, which was conducted at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, found that obese people appear to experience greater shrinkage in their brain tissue than normal-weight folks, and the changes often start to occur during middle age.1 These results are based on an investigation that included more than 12,000 men and women living in the United Kingdom.

Smartphones and Weight Gain

Smartphones and Weight Gain

The study, which took place at Rice University in Houston, Texas, found that the media multitasking associated with our use of smartphones and similar digital devices is associated with greater weight gain.1 These results are based on an investigation that included 132 male and female students between the ages of 18 and 23.

Adversity’s effects on the gut and brain might begin in childhood

Adversity’s effects on the gut and brain might begin in childhood

“Our study is among the first to link disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome triggered by early life adversity with brain activity in regions associated with emotional health,” Callaghan said.

Mushrooms Help Protect Your Brain

Mushrooms Help Protect Your Brain

The study, which took place at the National University of Singapore, found that consuming mushrooms—and yes, that includes white button mushrooms—more than twice a week is associated with a lower risk of cognitive problems such as mild memory loss and language difficulties in older adults.1 These results are based on an investigation that included 663 Chinese men and women, all of whom were at least 60 years old.

Stroke at Young Age

Stroke at Young Age

Analyses reveal 9 in 10 strokes are preventable by addressing lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, kidney dysfunction, smoking, unhealthy diet and sedentary behavior.11 There's also evidence showing your vitamin D12 and magnesium13 status play a role, and alcohol consumption in middle-age appears to be a significant risk factor.14 As noted in one study:15.

The Neti Pot Warning Everyone Needs to Hear

The Neti Pot Warning Everyone Needs to Hear

Two years earlier, Louisiana health officials warned residents to use only sterilized water in Neti pots after two people died as a result of being exposed to the amoeba when irrigating their nasal passages.

Latest Case Study Shows CBD Shrinks Tumor

Latest Case Study Shows CBD Shrinks Tumor

While CBD and THC have received the most attention and research, the cannabis plant contains at least 58 other cannabinoids and 400 other chemicals, and many of these other phytocannabinoids and terpenes are needed to fully support your internal endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Science explains why we need silence for better health

Science explains why we need silence for better health

Silence helps counteract the ill effects of noise on the brain, and it helps replenish the depleted strength of the body. He shifted the focus of the study to these blank pauses and figured out that contrasting levels of sounds increased the beneficial effects of silence on the brain.

The Role of Limbic System in Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

The Role of Limbic System in Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

"You can imagine that if any of those neurons along that neural network are damaged or not working functionally in any way, then that can start to categorize information that would not normally be considered dangerous as life-threatening," Hopper says.

SAR Safety Warning Hidden Inside Cellphone

SAR Safety Warning Hidden Inside Cellphone

According to Mesley, more than 200 studies have been submitted to Health Canada showing harm from RF radiation at levels below the safety limit for which cellphones are tested.

Get more B vitamins to protect your brain

Get more B vitamins to protect your brain

At the same time, the effect of increased oxidative stress in the brain is not well studied, thus researchers at Swinburne University and Austin Hospital in Melbourne (backed by supplement manufacturers Blackmores) conducted a small randomised controlled trial to assess the direct impact of six months of high-dose B vitamin supplementation on brain health and levels of homocysteine and other biomarkers in the brain.

Rhodiola Reduces Fatigue

Rhodiola Reduces Fatigue

Three of the most important, noted for having adaptogenic properties (meaning they can provide different effects depending on what your body needs) are: One study shows salidroside helps restore the balance between free radicals and antioxidants, and protects your brain against poor blood flow and subsequent stroke (aka ischemia).

Treating Mercury Toxicity With Emeramide

Treating Mercury Toxicity With Emeramide

He also published a paper 3 in the respected medical journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 1992, detailing how the presence of glutamine synthetase in the cerebrospinal fluid may be a potential diagnostic biochemical marker of Alzheimer's disease, as well as more than 100 other studies, 4 including a review of the relationship between mercury and autism, 5 and research showing how the chelating agent he developed, emeramide (NBMI), protects against the cytotoxicity of mercury.

The Science of Emotional Eating and Food Addiction

The Science of Emotional Eating and Food Addiction

Famously associated with turkey, tryptophan is also found in cheese … Carbs can also boost serotonin levels, which can improve your mood, and chocolate, too, is linked to a serotonin spike.” Comfort Foods Lower Cortisol Levels in Highly Stressed Individuals According to the experts on eating disorders interviewed by Huffington Post, emotional eating is primarily triggered by stress and boredom.

The Gut's Role in Parkinson's Disease

The Gut's Role in Parkinson's Disease

pruriens) is a climbing legume best known as a natural source of L-dopa, a dopamine precursor that affects energy, motivation and well-being, and is often used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease in Ayurvedic medicine.

What water is safe to use in a neti pot, and more tips to avoid getting sick

What water is safe to use in a neti pot, and more tips to avoid getting sick

A woman who used filtered water died from a brain infection, a new report details.(Photo11: duckycards, Getty Images/iStockphoto) CONNECT11 TWEET11 LinkedIn11 EMAIL11 MORE11 The case of a woman who died from a brain-eating amoeba after using filtered tap water to clear her sinuses has some wondering how to safely use neti pots.

How Potassium Can Help Your High Blood Pressure

How Potassium Can Help Your High Blood Pressure

Among them is balancing your potassium level, as this electrolyte has a significant effect on muscle contraction and arterial wall relaxation, but most Americans barely get half of the recommended daily allowance.

Weekly Health Quiz: Toothpaste, Protein and Sunburn

Weekly Health Quiz: Toothpaste, Protein and Sunburn

Vitamin A Astaxanthin Curcumin 2 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Children and the American Dental Association recommend children younger than 3 use the following amount of toothpaste when brushing their teeth: Enough to cover half the length of the toothbrush A rice-grain sized amount The CDC and ADA recommend using no more than a pea-sized amount for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

A Woman's Brain Looks 3 Years Younger Than a Man of the Same Age

A Woman's Brain Looks 3 Years Younger Than a Man of the Same Age

I think this could mean that the reason women don't experience as much cognitive decline in later years is because their brains are effectively younger, and we're currently working on a study to confirm that." Advertisement High-Fat Diet Helps Keep Your Brain Youthful While these findings are interesting, it is perplexing to speculate as to what the reason is.

Do You Get Sleepy After Eating?

Do You Get Sleepy After Eating?

Eating May Increase Production of Calming Neurotransmitters The insulin spike that occurs after you eat a high-net-carb meal causes the amino acid tryptophan to enter your brain.

Six Great Habits for Starting Your Day

Six Great Habits for Starting Your Day

For one thing, research shows that those who exercise early in the day are more likely to institute a regular workout regimen and tend to be more consistent.