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What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

 
  Monday, August 12, 2013  
 
  Researchers found that people did better -- both speed-wise and accuracy-wise -- on brain functioning tests after just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga, compared with aerobic exercise, reports the Huffington Post.

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Superfoods can be ambrosial. Really!

 
  Sunday, August 11, 2013  
 
  Superfoods: Dishes that are good for the brain can also be the food of the gods. Check out some groovy superfood recipes from The Daily Glean.

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The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd

 
  Monday, August 05, 2013  
 
   "For baby-boomers, there is both good news and bad news about the cognitive health of the aging brain, according to this National Public Radio report. Here's the bad news: Reaction time is slower, it takes us longer to learn new information, and also to retrieve information. But the good news is that our complex reasoning skills improve, so we're able to anticipate problems and reason things out better than when we were young. And, our empathy — the ability to understand the emotional point of view of another - increases as we age."

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Mind games: serious business

 
  Sunday, August 04, 2013  
 
  Mind Games: The Daily Glean looks at how science and commerce aim to help us rejuvenate our aging brains.

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Scientists create detailed 3-D model of human brain

 
  Monday, July 29, 2013  
 
  Scientists have created a three-dimensional virtual brain that not only maps the organ's anatomy in unprecedented detail but also allows researchers to see how the invisible connections between cells produce the complex behaviors that make us human, reports the Los Angeles Times. "People are pretty excited about it," said Dr. John Mazziotta, a UCLA neuroscientist who was not involved in the effort. In a research field awash in brain images, "what was needed was a gold standard that would have microscopic resolution. This is it," he said.

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Strike a pose: Yoga in America

 
  Sunday, July 28, 2013  
 
  Yoga 101: The Daily Glean considers myriad aspects of the mind–body practice of yoga, from centuries-old traditions to its latest—and hippest— incarnations.


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Nutrition Series: ABC's of Nourishing Our Brain (video 2 mins, 52 sec)

 
  Saturday, July 27, 2013  
 
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Keeping Boomer Brains Brainy

 
  Monday, July 22, 2013  
 
  Staving off memory loss is doable and can even be fun concludes The Daily Glean in a roundup of books that offer the latest tips, techniques, and research on the topic.

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Dr. Ruth says some frank things about aging and sex

 
  Monday, July 22, 2013  
 
  At age 85, sex therapist Ruth Westheimer—better known as Dr. Ruth—rarely turns down an opportunity to speak about sex. Her advice for older people? Drink a little because everybody has stress; don't drink too much. "Otherwise, she falls asleep and he can't have an erection," she says. The other thing Dr. Ruth is worried about is young people who hold their partner's hand and text with the other hand. She fears people are going to lose the ability to converse, and to concentrate on each other, she tells the Washington Post.

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CNBC - Crackberry'd: The Truth About Information Overload with Dr. Gary Small

 
  Saturday, July 20, 2013  
 
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Brain stimulation at any age may slow memory decline

 
  Wednesday, July 17, 2013  
 
  Reading, writing, and participating in other brain-stimulating activities at any age may protect your memory later in life, according to a study that tracked 294 individuals, according to USA Today.

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How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity

 
  Wednesday, July 17, 2013  
 
  While caffeine has numerous benefits, it appears that the drug may undermine creativity more than it stimulates it, reports the New Yorker. Much of what we associate with creativity has to do with the ability to link ideas, entities, and concepts in novel ways. And that depends in part on the very thing that caffeine seeks to prevent: a wandering, unfocussed mind, reports The New Yorker.

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Navratilova and others discuss staying fit and healthy at age 20 vs. age 60

 
  Tuesday, July 16, 2013  
 
  Whether you're 20 years old or 60, you will need a combination of cardio and strength training to keep your heart and muscles in good shape and your weight under control. For older people, the one difference may be that strength training becomes more crucial for everyday functional fitness. "A big issue as you age is the risk of falling. And strength training that builds muscle power helps prevent falls," Todd Miller, an associate professor in the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University, told the Washington Post

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12 News Investigates: The Smart Drug (video 4 mins, 14 sec)

 
  Tuesday, July 16, 2013  
 
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Work on your balance now to avoid falls when you're older

 
  Sunday, July 14, 2013  
 
  If you're in you're 40s, 50s, or early 60s, you probably move through life securely, without even thinking about it. But studies show that balance declines with age, and for most of us, the complex system that governs it isn't challenged often enough. Doctors recommend that older adults work on their balance the same way they might lift weights to stave off the natural loss of muscle mass that accompanies aging, reports the Washington Post.

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Red wine's resveratrol: magic elixir?

 
  Sunday, July 14, 2013  
 
  Younger Brain, Smarter Mind's Dr. Eric Braverman calls resveratrol, found in red grapes and other foods, "reverse-it-all." Find out why as the Daily Glean samples dos and don'ts from his book.

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Are "Smart Drugs" Really a Smart Choice?

 
  Monday, July 08, 2013  
 
  Hard-charging professionals are turning to a new class of nootropics to increase memory, intelligence, motivation, and concentration—without the jitters or crashes that can come with stimulants. But experts say that smart drugs may affect your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and even make you psychotic, according to Details.

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A Quick & Easy Yoga Tuneup: a Spine-Tingling Experience

 
  Sunday, July 07, 2013  
 
  The Daily Glean checks out a yoga video for chronic back pain and finds it a spine-tingling experience. Verdict: two thumbs up!

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Find Out if you are a Right or Left Brain Thinker (video - 1 min 25 sec)

 
  Saturday, July 06, 2013  
 
  Try out this fun optical illusion to find out whether you are a right brain or a left brain thinker.

 
 
 
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Does Football Have a Future? The NFL and the Concussion Crisis

 
  Monday, July 01, 2013  
 
  Evidence that professional football players are five to nineteen times as likely as the general population to have received a dementia-related diagnosis due to brain-related injuries has sparked strong public concern. In this memorable article from 2011, a New Yorker reporter explores the brutal evolution of the game, while attending top-level National Football League meetings to discuss “changing the culture” of the sport.

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How not to get sick

 
  Sunday, June 30, 2013  
 
  Two health gurus profiled in Gene Stone's Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick offer 10 holistic paths to health that everyone can follow.

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Relax & Stretch

 
  Friday, June 28, 2013  
 
  Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles (video - 9 mins, 31 sec)

 
 
 
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Can Computer Games Reverse the Effects of Aging on the Brain?

 
  Wednesday, June 19, 2013  
 
 

New evidence suggests that computer games may be more effective than crossword puzzles at slowing and even reversing declines in brain function related to aging, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Two Easy and Tasty Dishes that are Good for Your Brain

 
  Wednesday, June 19, 2013  
 
 

Get the skinny from The Daily Glean on two flavorful cuisines that promote vitality and joie de vivre. With colorful, quickly assembled, and perfectly balanced dishes ranging from the classic Salade Nicoise to a savory Chicken with Baked Rhubarb, these two lifestyle approaches to daily sustenance offer healthy food choices that are easy to love.
 

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Meditation Goes Mainstream

 
  Monday, June 17, 2013  
 
  Many new studies show that meditating - also known as "mindfulness stress reduction" - has many beneficial physical effects on the brain, and can also raise the effectiveness of flu vaccines and rejection rates for organ transplants, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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How Good Is Your Memory?

 
  Saturday, June 15, 2013  
 
 

This simple test can help assess how sharp your memory is, and whether or not you need to do some brain exercises, according to the Discovery Channel's "Fit and Health" website.
 

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Champagne Might Improve Your Memory

 
  Friday, June 14, 2013  
 
 

Quaffing several glasses of champagne a week may help fight memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to this article posted on the social action network Care2.

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A New Spin on Business Wisdom

 
  Thursday, June 13, 2013  
 
 

A business school professor who teaches a class on Cultivating Wisdom and Well-being for Personal and Professional Growth gets high marks from his students, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

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10 Ways that Reading Changes Our Brains

 
  Wednesday, June 12, 2013  
 
 

Not only does reading make us more empathetic, it also tricks us into believing that we've experienced what we've read, according to this roundup of the latest reading-related studies on the Open Education Database blog.

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10 Tips for Memory Improvement

 
  Tuesday, June 11, 2013  
 
 

Whether you're a college student cramming for an important test or a baby boomer concerned about forgetting a doctor's appointment, you can optimize your memory by following these guidelines, according to the Discovery Channel website. (To keep this slideshow moving, click the "Next" button in the upper right corner.)

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50 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

 
  Monday, June 10, 2013  
 
  Dancing, taking your dog for a walk, eating curry, and volunteering to answer questions at your local library or hospital are a few fun and simple ways to exercise your brain, according to this article from the American Association of Retired People.

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Even Brief Exercise Can Improve Memory in Older Adults

 
  Wednesday, June 05, 2013  
 
 

Six minutes of exercise appears to be enough to stimulate a brain chemical called norepinephrine that has a strong influence on memory, according to Time's Health and Family website.

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A Quick Exercise to Jumpstart Your Brain

 
  Tuesday, June 04, 2013  
 
   A Quick Exercise to Jumpstart Your Brain (video – 3 min 30 sec)  
 
 
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Nine Foods That Boost Immunity

 
  Monday, June 03, 2013  
 
 

Supplementing a well-balanced diet with superfoods like mushrooms, chicken soup, and tea can help fight colds and flu, according to CNN.com.

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