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To Reduce Dementia Risk, Eating Well and Exercising Do More Than Puzzles and Pills
New World Health Organization guidelines state that following a healthy Mediterranean-style diet and exercising do more to reduce cognitive decline than taking supplements or playing brain-boosting games.
How Two NBA Players, Larry Sanders and Royce White, are Bringing Awareness to Mental Health in Sports
Athletes are taught to “push through” when they experience mental health issues. Two NBA stars explain how the culture of sports contributes to the stigma around mental illness.
Your Microbiome On Drugs
It’s not only antibiotics that disrupt your microbiome. Nearly a quarter of other drugs tested, including antipsychotics, calcium channel blockers, antihistamines, proton pump inhibitors, thyroid medications, blood thinners, NSAIDs, and anti-diabetics like metformin, had noticeable negative effects on gut bacteria.
Is Your Job Hazardous to Your Mental Health? Grade How Your Workplace Stacks Up on Mental Wellness
Collectively, we are profoundly dissatisfied at work. Seventy percent of the workforce is actively seeking a new job. Find out how your job measures up on mental health awareness and learn what you can do to make your situation better.
Want to Fall Asleep Faster? Military Pilots Use This Hack to Sleep Anywhere in 2 Minutes or Less
Using this relaxation technique, 96% of pilots learned how to fall asleep within 120 seconds even while sitting up or with distractions like gunfire in the background. If you struggle with chronic insomnia, you can easily employ this technique at home.
When You Should Use Self-Help Programs and When to Skip Them
Self-help programs can give people the nudge they need to make healthy changes, but a surprising number contain “potentially harmful” advice.
Stressing About Aging Damages Your Brain, Shortens Your Life
Your attitude towards aging affects how your mind and body function, even down to the cellular level.
Richard Branson’s 8 Keys to Happiness and Success
According to the world’s happiest billionaire, happiness isn’t the result of success, but happiness from within can support your becoming successful.
Why We Need a President Who Cares About Food
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan joins Dr. Mark Hyman to discuss the economic impact of our chronic disease epidemic, the state of our country’s food system, and how we can join together to make a positive change in the policies that impact our health, regardless of political affiliation.
Dual Studies Offer Incredible Insights into Connection Between Depression and the Gut
Two new studies add to the growing body of evidence that links depression with mechanisms in our “second brain,” our intestinal tract.
The Surprising Connection Between Brain Injuries and Crime
Upwards of 80% of people in the US criminal justice system have had a traumatic brain injury compared to 5% in the general public.
FDA Adds Boxed Warning for Risk of Serious Injuries Caused by Sleepwalking with Certain Prescription Insomnia Medicines
Insomnia drugs such as Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien have caused a string of deaths while users sleepwalk, sleepdrive, and engage in other hazardous activities.
‘This is Dementia’ Documentary Premieres May 1 on Netflix
This documentary offers a sensitive look at the causes of dementia, misinformation surrounding the disease, and the personal experiences of those touched by it.
We Now Have More Evidence of a Worrying Link Between Obesity and Smaller Brains
An MRI analysis of over 12,000 adults found that carrying extra belly fat was linked to a worrying amount of brain shrinkage among study participants.
Experiences of ‘Ultimate Reality’ or ‘God’ Confer Lasting Benefits to Mental Health
According to research conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers, “God encounter experiences“, whether achieved spontaneously or initiated by a psychedelic substance, provided lasting mental benefits in 75% of participants.
Should You, Your Mom, and Your Dog Be Using CBD?
CBD products are being sold as a treatment for a wide array of conditions including anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, dementia, and addictions. But, so far, the science has not caught up with the hype.
How to Stop Your Smartphone from Hurting Your Health
Smartphones are designed to keep you hooked on their use. Here are some ways to take control of your cell phone to make it work for you, rather than against you.
Allergy Season Is Getting Longer and Nastier Each Year
If it seems that allergy season is coming earlier, lasting longer, and growing more severe, it’s not your imagination. Now there’s science to back up that hunch.
A Spring Cleaning Primer: 15 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes or Less
Clutter creates stress and makes it harder to think. The Breathing Room Organization presents quick and easy ways to declutter that don’t require you to “Marie Kondo” your life.
That Mental Health App Might Share Your Data Without Telling You
A Look at Luxury Resorts That Now Offer Brain Health Programs
Brain health programs are becoming a popular niche of the wellness tourism trend. These programs aren’t inexpensive, but may be a worthwhile investment for your brain health.
Abundance of Information Narrows Our Collective Attention Span
Research confirms that too much information is overwhelming our brains.
Sick and Tired of the Culture of Contempt? Here Are 5 Ways You Can Subvert It
Feeling contempt may feel good for the moment, but, in the long run, it’s a fast track to unhappiness.
Don’t Underestimate the Health Benefits of E-Bikes
Riding an e-bike (electric bike) provides cognitive and psychological benefits equal to riding a traditional bicycle. (Deane, an avid e-biker, was happy to hear this!)
The Brain Needs Animal Fat
If you eschew animal products, you aren’t getting the DHA your brain needs from diet alone. DHA supplementation is critical.
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