It was recently reported that for every 8 American patients who see a doctor about a headache, 1 of those patients gets a brain scan done as part of the medical evaluation. The problem? Almost all of these scans are medically unnecessary, yet they cost a total of over $1 bilion per year. As well, brain scans expose patients to harmful radiation and can lead to further unnecessary tests.
A new study from Britain has found that knitting may offer some benefits for the brain. The results are very early, but more studies are underway and scientists hope to find further evidence that knitting and other craft activities can help alleviate depression and anxiety and increase happiness.
There is a growing body of evidence that creative hobbies can be good for happiness and well-being, but this … read more
If you’re like me, you may find yourself using your smartphone to answer work emails right before going to bed. But I may try to break that habit, as new research has found that using a smartphone at night can make you less productive the next day at work!
Two recent studies found that people who use their smartphones after 9:00 PM have more trouble sleeping and feel “more tired and less engaged” at work the … read more
You have probably heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – but are you aware that it can be contagious? Studies have shown that people close to those suffering PTSD, like military spouses, may experience a condition known as Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD) from repeatedly hearing about catastrophic events from a loved one.
I just saw an article in Scientific American about why brain speed is important, how it decays as we age, and what the effects are on daily life over time. But this is nothing new: we have been talking about brain speed for years!
Some highlights from the article include:
“Studies suggest that the speed of information processing changes with age… such that our thinking speeds up from childhood to adolescence, maintains a period of … read more
Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign that aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. And it’s happening right now! Here are 10 fun things you can do right now to celebrate Brain Awareness … read more