Colleges making it harder to get ADHD meds

Apr 30, 2013 by

Some are now requiring that students go through a lengthy approval process that includes two months of testing and paperwork, as well signing a formal contracting promising that they’ll submit to drug testing, see a therapist every month and not share the pills....

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Study shows chemo causes changes to the brain

Apr 23, 2013 by

If chemotherapy has made you feel like you’re in a brain fog, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s NOT all in your head! A new study of breast cancer patients who had recently undergone treatments found that there were actual changes to their brain after treatment....

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Neuroscientists reverse memory loss

Apr 20, 2013 by

It’s not just how you train your brain, but also when. At the Univ. of Texas, neuroscientists actually REVERSED memory loss! They figured out when the cells were primed for learning, then retrained them. The study’s co-author figured out the best times for the brain cells to learn by using 5 training sessions scheduled at different times – from 5 to 50 minutes long. This formula created 10,000 different schedules, which helped her pick the one that’s best for learning....

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Scientists find the spot in the brain that activates with numerals...

Apr 19, 2013 by

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers figured out the exact spot in the brain (about 1/5″ across!) gets activated when we look at ordinary numerals (like 3 or 52). The activity declines when people are shown numbers that are spelled out (“two”) or homophones (“too” instead of “two”) or slightly altered numbers or letters (changed font)....

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Brain training for working memory also boosts other brain skills...

Apr 18, 2013 by

A new study shows that brain training for working memory not only increases how many items can be remembered, but also it helps boost performance in other tasks, like problem-solving, by increasing the quality of communication between different parts of the brain....

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What do “Superagers” have in common?

Apr 15, 2013 by

In research of 80+-year-olds (a.k.a. “Superagers”) with outstanding memory, several interesting things were discovered: 1. Their cortices look more like 50- to 60-year-olds (no thinning or shrinkage of the cortex) 2. The anterior cingulate was actually thicker than in most 50-year-olds. (The anterior cingulate deals with attention and memory.) 3. They have fewer risk genes for Alzheimer’s (than typical 80+-year-olds). http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/15/176921691/inside-the-brains-of-people-over-80-with-exceptional-memory...

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