Exercise Improves Memory

Regular Exercise Improves Memory

Physical Exercise Improves Memory Two recent experiments, one involving people and the other mice, suggest that regular exercise improves memory. However, different types of exercise affect the brain differently and there are other things that can be done to help your memory. For example, if you don’t want to do exercise then something you could…

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Helps Stroke Patients

TMS Helps Stroke Patients Improve Language Function A new study done at the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School shows that Trans Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can improve language function in stroke patients with chronic speech-language problems. A stroke (or CVA, as they are referred to in medicine— a cerebral vascular accident)…

Non Drug Approaches to Treating PTSD

Non-drug Approaches To Treating PTSD

Part II-PTSD And Painful Memories There are many approaches to the treatment of the anxiety, fear, depression and other symptoms of PTSD that do not involve medication. The most common non-pharmacological treatment is trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Cognitive restructuring helps people make sense of the bad memories. Sometimes people remember the event differently than how…

PTSD Painful Memories

PTSD and Painful Memories

Part I: Memory Formation and Drug Research on PTSD An article entitled Erasing Painful Memories in the May 2012 issue of Scientific American reviews some of the current research on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Memory is no longer seen as a passive process of recording impressions. Rather, it is ongoing activity at the cellular…

Treatment for Depression

Important New Treatment For Depression

Will We See Ketamine Related Antidepressants In The Near Future? There has always been dissatisfaction among doctors and patients with anti-depressants. They often take 4-6 weeks to work, have significant side effects, and when they are helpful, relief it is often partial. A significant percentage of depressed patients find that anti-depressants provide no relief at…

Stress Related Health Problems

Stress Related Health Problems

Even Mild Anxiety Could Shorten Your Life The importance of coping with stress is not just a quality of life issue. It’s also a quantity of life issue. We all know chronic stress isn’t good for our health. Even though stress is common, this shouldn’t be something that someone has to deal with daily. Saying…

Childhood ADHD or Lack of Sleep

Childhood ADHD or Just Lack of Sleep?

Potential Misdiagnosis of Childhood ADHD The symptoms of sleep deprivation in children resemble those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These include being wired, moody and uncooperative, unable to pay attention or sit still, and to have poor social skills. The truth is that many children are given a diagnosis of ADHD when in fact the real problem may…