How Stress Gets Under the Skin
In an interview by TIME, Bruce McEwen, professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University, was asked how stress affects the mind and brain. Q: What can we do to fight toxic stress?
A: Be physically active, get a good diet, [get] adequate sleep, [create] social support, have a good hobby, meditate. All of these things really are common sense and now we know they do have the benefits of improving our brain architecture.
I think that’s the bottom line. But the bigger question has to do with the social environment we live in, which is determined by the policies we set and politics. The pressure is on us for, ‘faster, faster, faster.’ They’re all working against what our bodies were intended to do. Spend more, do more, faster: that just doesn’t work.
OUR TAKE: Couldn’t agree more. It’s our modern lifestyle — our way of life — that our human biology is not able to handle in a healthy way.
Faux Pas! Food Fraud on the Rise
A new study on food fraud by U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a scientific nonprofit organization that helps set standards for the “quality, safety and benefit” of foods and medicines, shows that the most commonly fraudulent products are olive oil, milk, saffron, honey and coffee.
How Your Heart Dictates Your Brain Health
Preventing and managing heart disease could help reduce your risk for cognitive impairment as you get older.
New York City Gets braiNY for Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17) is right around the corner. braiNY is the name of the first coordinated Brain Awareness Week program in the city.