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2009-06-09 16:56:00

New Guide to be Unveiled by SharpBrains CEO on June 11th, during Games for Health Conference in Boston, MA SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- How can you take care of your brain when every week brings a new barrage of articles and studies which seem to contradict each other? Do supplements improve memory? Do you need both physical and mental exercise -- or is one of them enough? Which brain training approach, if any, is worth your time and money? Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains,...

2009-05-18 15:42:01

The instruction manual for maintaining an efficient brain may soon include a section on synaptotagmin-IV (Syt-IV), a protein known to influence learning and memory, thanks to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.The study showed that Syt-IV keeps the strength of synapses "” connections between nerve cells where communication occurs "” within a useful range of neither too strong nor too weak.Synapses' ability to adjust over time by becoming bigger and stronger or...

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2009-05-13 08:23:08

Push-ups, crunches, gyms, personal trainers "” people have many strategies for building bigger muscles and stronger bones. But what can one do to build a bigger brain? Meditate. That's the finding from a group of researchers at UCLA who used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of people who meditate. In a study published in the journal NeuroImage and currently available online (by subscription), the researchers report that certain regions in the brains of...

2009-05-12 03:00:00

New Study Results Released TAMPA, Fla., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Simple mental stimulation is not enough to keep the brain fit. That is the message coming out of the Boomer Lifestyle Conference in Tampa, Florida today. Jeff Zimman, Chairman of Posit Science, a leading developer of brain fitness software, told aging experts gathered at the conference that not just any mental stimulation improves cognitive performance in older adults. Instead, he said, exercises that are scientifically...

2009-05-11 11:39:41

U.S. scientists say impaired brain plasticity caused by a single gene might be responsible for learning disabilities associated with Angelman's syndrome. The researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University said Angelman's syndrome -- often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism -- includes characteristics such as intellectual and developmental delay, severe mental retardation, lack of speech, seizures and motor and balance disorders. The study identified...

2009-05-11 07:20:07

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have discovered in mice how a single disrupted gene can cause a form of severe mental retardation known as Angelman syndrome. In a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, they found that the gene, UBE3A, is needed so that neurons in the brain can form and adjust their connections to other neurons for storing sensory information. They also made a promising discovery: When the mice were deprived of...

2009-05-01 05:00:00

CHICAGO, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Older adults can improve memory and attention by training on computerized brain exercises according to study data presented today at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Chicago. Elizabeth Zelinski, PhD, lead investigator on the study and a professor at the University of Southern California, also reported on new data showing that the gains persist months after the training ended. A total of 487 healthy adults over the age of 65 participated...

2009-04-30 11:38:50

A new study provides direct experimental evidence that a brain region important for reading and word recognition contains neurons that are highly selective for individual real words. The research, published by Cell Press in the April 30th issue of the journal Neuron, provides important insight into brain mechanisms associated with reading and may lead to a better understanding of reading disabilities.The ability to read is a complex cognitive skill that is thought to depend on neural...

2009-04-03 09:19:31

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have shed light on how the neurotransmitter dopamine helps brain cells process important information.Researchers found in a study of mouse cells that this neurotransmitter, one of the molecules used by nerve cells to communicate with one another, causes certain brain cells to become more flexible and changes brain-cell circuitry to process important information differently than mundane information."This can help one remember a new, important...

2009-03-16 09:00:00

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Right on time for Brain Awareness Week beginning today, The Conference Board, the global business research and membership organization, and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives announced the launch of YourBrainatWork.org, a new, publicly accessible, interactive, online tool which promotes brain-healthy activities for employees of all ages. "Keeping up with the latest in ever-improving technologies and ever-evolving workplaces requires that people learn...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.