Category Archives: Brain Health

Information, news, useful articles about brain health. Different professionals propose advice, tricks, and recommendations that may help keep your brain balanced

Google causing children to be ‘brain dead’

Google causing children to be ‘brain dead’ warns successful inventor.

The “Google generation” is in danger of losing its creativity, warns one of Great Britain’s most successful inventor, because they tend to rely on the Internet for just about everything, which is putting them in danger of becoming “brain dead.”

Trevor Baylis, 75, inventor of the wind-up radio, said kids today are losing creativity and practical skills because they are spending far too much time staring at a computer screen, Britain’s Daily Mail reports.

Because of that, Baylis says he fears that future generations of inventors are being lost as too few young people are able to make things with their hands. That said, Baylis believes children could re-learn vital practical skills at schools.

How neuroscientists observe brains watching movies

How neuroscientists observe brains watching movies.

Functional MRI can peer inside your brain and watch you watching a YouTube clip. Unless you have been deaf and blind to the world over the past decade, you know that functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (fMRI) can look inside the skull of volunteers lying still inside the claustrophobic, coffinlike confines of a loud, banging magnetic scanner.

The technique relies on a fortuitous property of the blood supply to reveal regional activity. Active synapses and neurons consume power and therefore need more oxygen, which is delivered by the hemoglobin molecules inside the circulating red blood cells. When these molecules give off their oxygen to the surrounding tissue, they not only change color—from arterial red to venous blue—but also turn slightly magnetic.

MRIs reveal signs of brain injuries not seen in CT scans

MRIs reveal signs of brain injuries not seen in CT scans

Hospital MRIs may be better at predicting long-term outcomes for people with mild traumatic brain injuries than CT scans, the standard technique for evaluating such injuries in the emergency room, according to a clinical trial led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH).

Sushi could damage your brain

Sushi could damage your brain.

Can eating too much sushi reduce your brain health? Mercury contamination in big fish such as sharks, swordfish and certain types of tuna is on the rise, and smaller traces of the toxic metal may be enough to cause restricted brain development or other health problems for humans who eat them, according to data released this month.

“Levels of exposure that are defined as safe by the official limits, are actually having adverse effects,” said Dr. Edward Groth, author of one of two new reports published ahead of a United Nations conference on mercury pollution.

Woman comes back after wide-awake brain surgery

Woman comes back after wide-awake brain surgery.

In this photo taken from July 2, 2012, Kim Bonnema undergoes surgery to remove two tumors _ one believed to be the cause of her epilepsy and the other the cause of weakness on her right side _ at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids Mich. The procedure, known as an awake craniotomy, was performed by Dr. Kost Elisevich. Bonnema was awake during the operation and was asked to speak and move her hand, so Elisevich could avoid damaging the parts of the brain that controlled different actions.

How to inspire your brain

How to inspire your brain.

We have entered a golden age for brain research, but all these new findings haven’t trickled down to the individual.

Yet there are broad discoveries that make it possible to everyone to improve their brains:

• Your brain is constantly renewing itself.

• Your brain can heal its wounds form the past.

• Experience changes the bran every day.

• The input you give your brain causes it to form new neural pathways.

• The more positive the input, the better your brain will function.

Electrical impulses in the brain encode protocols for behaviors

Electrical impulses in the brain encode protocols for behaviors.

Neuroscientists have long been perplexed by how our brains encode thoughts, including memory loss and awareness, on the cellular level. Findings have revealed that groups of neurons symbolize every distinct segment of information, however, it is unknown what these groups of neurons look like or how they develop.

When brain implants arrive, will we still be “us”?

When brain implants arrive, will we still be “us”?

What happens when non-biological implants in our bodies — along the lines of cochlear implants to improve hearing in the deaf — include brain-related devices that might enhance our memories? Will we still be “us”? Will we be more of a cyborg than we were if, say, we had another type of implant? And for those who believe we would not be, at what point do we lose our selves to a more machine-like incarnation? When do we stop being human?

Don’t Forget To Train Your Brain This Summer!

It’s time for the holidays! If you have the chance to leave during this summer, you know how important is for your body and mind to rest and take some time off from the daily stress. It is important for our mental health and our overall vitality to “shut down” and disconnect.

On the other hand, you also want to avoid keeping your brain inactive for too long. The brain is like a muscle that needs to stay stimulated by doing new activities. During the holidays, it is always a good idea to try new activities and learn and discover new things to challenge your brain.

Activities which are unfamiliar are always great and they will force your brain and cognitive skills to adapt to a new situation. Also make sure to keep training your brain regularly with CogniFit brain fitness exercises to continue training your cognitive abilities!