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Slowed walking signals cognitive decline: Study

Slowed walking signals cognitive decline: Study

A new study says that slowed walking speed could be indicative of cognitive decline that appears to arise in the right hippocampus, a finger-shaped region buried deep in the brain at ear-level, thought to be the centre of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. Based on the authors of the study at the University […]

How to Control Traffic on Cellular Highways

Controlling traffic on cellular highways

New treatments for spinal cord injuries and #neurodegenerative diseases may be arriving on the back of recent findings of researchers at the New Jersey based Rutgers University. Protein motors or kinesins or dyneins are like trucks that ferry life-sustaining cargo riding on slender cellular autobahns called microtubules. The Rutgers team has now discovered how cells […]

Depression is linked to weight of women

Depression is linked to weight of women

A new study says that women afflicted with eating disorders because of anorexia or obesity have low levels of a metabolic product responsible for mood maladies. Called allopregnanolone, (allo for short) allo is a metabolite of the two major female hormones, progesterone (the other being estrogen). The metabolite, which binds with receptors for a neurotransmitter […]

How do we make sense of our world?

How do we make sense of our world?

The brain uses supramodality, a single mechanism to evaluate our confidence in various senses like audition, touch, or vision according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Metacognition is a word often used by behavioural scientists and psychologists to describe high level cognitive skills like “thinking about thinking,” “knowing about knowing” and “being […]

Just 25 minutes of yoga, meditation

Just 25 minutes of yoga, meditation ‘boosts brain function, energy’

Practicing Hatha yoga enhances brain function far more significantly than other activities like reading says a study published in the journal Mindfulness by Kimberley Luu and Peter Hall at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. A 25-minute session of Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation can bump up brain function and energy levels more significantly […]

How avocados and nuts could boost intelligence

How avocados and nuts could boost intelligence

It may be smart to go nuts on avocados, olive oil and dry fruit if you wish to boost your intelligence says a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study. The monounsaturated fatty acids in these foods promote greater general intelligence in older adults it says. The results of the study were recently reported by study […]

Exercise pushes men to diet, not women

Exercise pushes men to diet, not women

Exercise encourages us to opt for healthy diets. Right. But only if we are men! A University of Missouri in Columbia research indicates that men are far more likely to alter their diets in response to physical activity than women, who may continue to eat the same stuff regardless of exercise. Study co-author Jenna Lee […]

Maladaptive daydreaming

Maladaptive daydreaming: Symptoms and management

While its normal for most people to once in a while drift into daydreaming in some it can be a serious health concern. Known as maladaptive daydreaming, in such people day dreams tend to become intrusive disrupting their everyday tasks and quality of life. All of us have at some time experienced that very pleasant […]

Left side headache needs right treatment

Left side headache needs right treatment

Unexplained headaches affecting the left side of the head can sometimes be a sign of serious underlying issues and calls for the ‘right’ treatment. The good news is that of the huge number of people who experience headaches (approximately 50 percent of adults worldwide) only very few are because of something serious. “That however does […]

Binge drinking impairs brain activity

Binge drinking impairs brain activity

Further to earlier studies which demonstrated changes in the resting brain activity of alcoholics, scientists have reported similar distortions in the brains of young people who indulge in ‘binge’ drinking: five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women over a 2-hour period. Alcoholic beverages are consumed worldwide, but excessive and […]