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Military Families Find Themselves Dealing With PTSD

Soldiers returning home from war at high risk of PTSD

More than 10 years of war has led to a major health problem for the soldier returning home. PTSD is very real and families are left coping with their loved ones suffering from PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. This is going to remain a huge issue for years to come. A symposium held this week featured top military experts ... Read More »

Benzodiazepines Sleeping Pills Increases Dementia Risk

A recent study showed a direct link between the use of sleeping pills and the onset of dementia.

Recently the news released the findings of a French study[1]  that Benzodiazipines increase the risk of developing dementia by a 50%. In addition it was found that Benzodiazepines could lead to depression. If you use these sleeping pills, which are commonly prescribed, you may want to rethink that, especially if you are a senior, and consider other options that are ... Read More »

Research Shows the Ability to Remove Emotional Memories from our Brain

Research shows ability to erase memories.

A recent study by Thomas Ågren, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychology, under the observation of Professors Mats Fredrikson and Tomas Furmark, has indicated that it is possible to erase newly formed emotional memories from the brain. Without going into the details of the study, what the researchers found was that we form long term memories based on ... Read More »

Potential to Rewire Autism Brain Exists

Autism

Signs of autism generally begin to appear around 18 months of age and can include ritualistic movements, impaired social skills, repetitive actions, along with a number of other symptoms that that initially may go undetected. It is believed autism is the result of mis-wiring in connections of the brain as it develops. Rewire the Autism Brain Many experts believe the ... Read More »

Exercise May Keep You Emotionally Healthy

emotional health

According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health [1], that was published in the journal of Medicine and Science, moderate exercise could help people to cope with stress and anxiety, and that it could work over an extended period of time. According to J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, exercise ... Read More »

New Studies Reveal the Brain’s Amazing Ability

Brain plasticity (Neuroplasticity) is the brain’s ability to constantly change throughout life. Neuroplasticity occurs in the infant’s brain, at the beginning of life the immature brain attempts to organizes itself and understand the new surroundings. In the case of brain injury, new scanning techniques using PET and functional MRI show neuroplasticity will occur to compensate for lost functions or in an ... Read More »

Effects of Anxiety and Depression on the Brain

Anxiety is feeling of fear and worrying, awaiting a future disaster but it is not disabling as the psychiatric anxiety disorder. People with physical illnesses may suffer from anxiety, which is more common in people suffering from stroke, heart disease and cancer compared to the general population. Anxiety is a risk factor for poor glycaemic control, which may develop to ... Read More »

Effects of Diet on the Brain

The brain is part of the central nervous system which is in charge of processing information and body functions. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for the growth and development of the brain and for preventing cerebrovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially essential for cognitive processes as learning and memory. Diets including fish are a major source for fatty acids ... Read More »

Keeping the Brain Healthy Until Old Age

The brain changes as we get older. The hippocampus takes information into short-term memory and communicates it to other brain areas for processing and long-term storage. Brain lesions often develop in the elderly causing cognitive changes as short term memory loss. A large number of microscopic lesions in the brain are found in the elderly with memory difficulties. These memory ... Read More »