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)…

Drugs in War

Drugs In War

The following is based on an article in the NY Times on 4/6/13 by Richard Friedman, MD. ? Wars On Drugs The Use Of Psychoactive Drugs In War Last year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide primarily from depression and addictions than died in battle. Another statistic, only somewhat less startling, is that drug prescribing for…

Glia Bain Neurons

Glia: The Cinderella of Brain Cells

Glia – No respect After Einstein’s death, his brain was preserved for future study. Scientists were naturally curious to see how the brain of this genius compared with the brain of a person of ordinary intelligence. Would there be an abundance of neurons (grey matter) or some unusual wiring of the neurons that distinguished his…

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…