Your Brain on Pumpkin Pie

You take a slow bite of the pumpkin pie, a hint of cinnamon behind the rich pumpkin flavor. With a crumbly crust and thick whipped cream, you’re settling into autumn the way you should be. Or should you? With refined … READ MORE>>

UVA Researchers Make Startling Discovery: The Immune System and the Brain

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In March, we remember those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. In April, we wear blue in hopes of discovering the cause – and finding a cure for – autism spectrum disorder. In light of recent … READ MORE>>

Resilience

How Your Brain Helps You Bounce Back By Steven M. Southwick, MD, and Dennis S. Charney, MD We all respond to stress, trauma and tragedy in our own unique ways. Some people become immobilized by stress and lose their ability … READ MORE>>

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The Power of Green

It’s not just fresh air that helps clear your mind when you take a walk in the park—simply being around plants and trees has a beneficial effect, too. What can numb pain, make you a better person, and help you … READ MORE>>

Searching for the Cause and Cure of MS

Dr. Saud Sadiq and the Tisch MS Research Center of New York by Terry Mapes Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects 2.5 million people worldwide, including 400,000 Americans. The National Institutes of Health describes MS as a nervous-system disease impacting the brain … READ MORE>>

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A Century of Vitamins

The Brains Behind the 13 Essentials By Michael McBurney It has been a century since a Polish-American biochemist named Casimir Funk coined the word vitamine, and now, 100 years later, the 13 essential vitamins play an important role in the … READ MORE>>

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The Violent Brain: Ingredients of a Mass Murderer

By Lauren Migliore On July 20, 2012, a heavily armed young man walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 60. Here’s the thing: On paper, James Holmes … READ MORE>>

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The Healing Force of Art: Cleveland Clinic’s Arts & Medicine Institute

A 4-year-old was in the hospital and very anxious and afraid. Every time someone new walked in the room he would start crying and ask, “Shot?” However, when the music therapist walked in the door he smiled and asked, “Guitar”? … READ MORE>>

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How EMDR Therapy Opens a Window to the Brain

by Francine Shapiro, PhD Over the past two decades, the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has provided researchers and clinicians with the ability to observe how symptoms develop and can be rapidly treated. Over 20 randomized … READ MORE>>

5 ways to flip the switch on misery

by Paula Renaye Chronic complainers think they are expressing their feelings about their lives—but they do it repeatedly, incessantly and annoyingly, to anyone who will listen. Of course, none of it is their fault—they feel like helpless victims, that there … READ MORE>>

An Unavoidable Inheritance

Can trauma pass from one generation to the next? We must return and claim our past in order to move toward the future. It is in understanding who we were that will free us to embrace who we are now. … READ MORE>>

I JUST CAN’T QUIT YOU, TECHNOLOGY!

Why people are taking a break from technology—and why it’s good for your brain, your health and your relationships. by Amy Klein Science fiction once predicted that robots and machines would take over our lives. Considering our reliance on our … READ MORE>>

THE SECRETS OF SOFT HABITS

By Frederick Woolverton, as told to Susan Shapiro One night after dinner, I was hungry and edgy. My wife and daughter were asleep. I took out my favorite flavor of ice cream, Häagen-Dazs vanilla chocolate chip; I was craving it. … READ MORE>>

God is in the Details
Research indicates parts of our brains relate to belief in God

Is there a part of the brain that is responsible for our faith in something beyond our physical selves—a supernatural being such as God? Some scientists believe so. READ MORE>>

PRAYING FOR A GRAND MAL

I have 34 electrodes glued to my head, 34 10-foot wires streaming from my head, plugged into the wall. My head is wrapped in cheesecloth. I’m in the hospital, and I’m not leaving until I have a grand mal seizure. … READ MORE>>