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How meditation changes brain rhythms to sooth pain and depression


Meditation isn't only a way to relax or a throw-back to the 1960s when the Beatles first made the practice popular in the U.S. In fact, in recent years, mainstream scientists have published several studies showing that mindfulness meditation, which is centered on being aware of the present moment by focusing on the body and breath sensations, can prevent and treat depression. Meditation has also been found to help chronic pain.

Reading, writing and playing games may help aging brains stay healthy


Mental activities like reading and writing can preserve structural integrity in the brains of older people, according to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Shocking Scans Show The Real Impact of Love on a Child’s Brain


You comfort them over a skinned knee in the playground, and coax them to sleep with a soothing lullaby. But being a nurturing mother is not just about emotional care – it pays dividends by determining the size of your child’s brain, scientists say.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Brain and Eyes


Research at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, shows that the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin may be beneficial to maintain cognitive health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are best known for their ability to accumulate in the retina of your eye, and protect it against macular degeneration.

High-normal blood sugar could adversely impact the brain

The September 4, 2012 issue of the journal Neurology® published the finding of Australian researchers of an association between high normal plasma glucose levels and a decrease in brain volume in nondiabetic men and women.

Brain Tapeworms Cause Neurocysticercosis, A Creepily Common Parasitic Disease

You've heard of disgusting, 20-foot-long tapeworms living inside peoples' intestines, but it turns out their larvae are even more horrific, and they could be eating holes in your brain right now, undetected.

Resveratrol and nuts team to protect the brain and boost cognitive function

Nuts, especially walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, combined with the potent polyphenol resveratrol team, together improve mood and protect the aging brain, thus helping to maintain memory and cognition.