Archive for the brain function Category

What happens to your brain cells when you sleep — and when you don’t

Posted on March 18, 2013 by

Fifty million Americans have some sort of major sleep disorder and many go undiagnosed. I am one of them. Over the last year, I have found myself waking up precisely at 1 am each night, unable to go back to sleep without first ambulating to a different location in the house and reading or watching […]

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Aerobic exercise enhances memory, mental speed and more

Posted on August 1, 2010 by

Heavy aerobics increases memory, mental speed,reaction time and cognitive flexibility. This is the finding of researchers and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Other research has suggested that intense exercise enhances neurogensis, the growth of new nerves in the brain.

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High Intensity Exercise Significantly Enhances Learning Power

Posted on July 31, 2010 by

A new study published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory reveals that intense intervals of exercise including weight training, in which the maximum aerobic potential is met, will consistently boost brain power. For example, it was found that two 3-minute sprints spaced 2 minutes apart to the point of maximum yields a 20% faster vocabulary […]

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Dimentia Numbers Continue to Rise

Posted on May 10, 2010 by

The results of studies show that the prevalence and incidence of dimentia continue to rise Incident dimentia was almost identical in terms of the percentage of men and women. The number of people with dimentia has risen to 35 milion up from 24 million in 2004. A statistical analysis of the numbers shows that dimentia […]

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Bioshock 2 video game and what it says about the future

Posted on March 8, 2010 by

I am a video game lover. Not an addict-yet, a lover. For those who have seen SHUTTER ISLAND the world inside my head is like that inside the head of Leonardo DiCaprio. Worth seeing. I dream of games which will, by their sheer brilliance and capacity to understand societal dilemmas, lift us from our downward […]

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Avatar’s Effects on The Cerebral Cortex

Posted on February 2, 2010 by

Two nights ago, I went to see Avatar. Although I had tempered expectation, in the end, I must admit that I became totally immersed in the film beginning to end. There were things about the film I did not like. The dialogue was riddled with clichés and the moralistic themes were over done. There was, […]

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Man Diagnosed Comatose for 23 years actually conscious

Posted on January 28, 2010 by

A Belgian man thought diagnosed as comatose for 23 years after a near-fatal crash was actually conscious and paralyzed the whole time. The false diagnosis case raises serious questions about those diagnosed as vegetative and for those removed from life support. Rom Houben could hear every word his doctors spoke but could not speak to […]

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Beluga Whale Saves Free Diver in China

Posted on January 24, 2010 by

In July 2009, a Beluga whale named Mila saved 26-year-old Yang Yun when her legs froze up during a free dive competition in Mila’s arctic aquarium home. When Yang tried to surface, she realized that she couldn’t move her legs and she began sinking. She thought “that was it for me – I was dead, […]

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Gene Modification Can Prevent Huntington’s Disease

Posted on January 21, 2010 by

Researchers have founf a molecular switch that can prevent the development of fatal Huntington’s in mice. Huntington’s is a neurological condition caused by a mutation of a gene that codes a brain protein known as huntingtin. It is characterized by uncontrolled jerking movements and stuttering. According to a study published in NEURON, a chemical modification […]

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Posted on January 16, 2010 by

The new Hollywood film EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, starring Harrison Ford as a brilliant scientist, opens Friday and is based on a true story taking place at Genzyme Corporation in Cambridge. It is about the treatment developed for Pompe disease, a rare enzyme deficiency. Genzyme created Myozyme using in house research. Boston Globe staffer Geeta Anand wrote […]

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