The most mysterious organ of all those a human has, the brain is a riddle which has fascinated people for thousands of years. Even advanced technologies cannot help us reveal all its secrets, and while there is a lot to discover, the brain will probably remain a tough nut to crack. Still, some of the facts about it we know are really interesting, and you may find them curious even if you have always hated biology lessons.
Have you ever called your dog a good boy? We bet you have. While everyone around may be calling you nuts because of your talking to animals, it turns out such behavior is not a sign of stupidity, but a hallmark of intelligence characteristic of the human brain. The next time you are told talking to pets as if they were humans is pointless, refer to this article.
RAD is a condition diagnosed in children who do not receive enough nurturing from parents or caregivers and thus do not establish bonds with them. The condition affects the child’s relationships with other people significantly, and the effects are long-lasting, so adults can suffer the consequences of their parents’ failure to provide them with an appropriate environment and care in childhood.
Have you ever given some thought to the way you purchase things? Do you always want the best? Is it the cheapest option that appeals to you? What drives your consumer compass? While all these things may seem to be far from health issues, it appears that striving to buy only the best–especially if it only seems to be so–can affect your mind and body.
Oriental practices have been gaining popularity for quite a long time, but the effects they produce on the brain remain elusive. Several new researches are being carried out to uncover what mechanisms are behind mindfulness and meditation, and what changes they trigger in the brain. Preliminary findings suggest such practices can help those with depression, anxiety and PTSD.
One of the paradoxes of the modern world is that while most people are so tired and stressed that they desperately need relaxation, they fail to fall asleep when their head touches a pillow. To prevent another sheep-counting session, you can try eating certain foods that promote sleep – and avoid the ones stealing it, such as coffee and protein-rich and spicy food.
The notion of treatment goes far beyond taking pills and undergoing surgeries: it is the mental wellbeing that should also be improved in any patient. However, this aspect of treatment is often neglected when healthcare budget is being drawn up. A new research corroborates the theory that overall wellbeing of patients can be improved significantly by means of engaging in creative activities.
Let’s admit it: we’re stuck in virtual reality and keep on pushing buttons on a daily basis. The overwhelming majority of people have desk jobs and rarely remember they can use hands not only for typing, but also for creating. A recent research corroborates the theory that handiwork triggers processes in the brain that make you feel happier.
In some countries, the population is aging so fast that the government has to face more and more problems associated with it. One of such issues is that the elderly often suffer from dementia in its various forms, including Alzheimer’s disease. In Japan, a new solution has been introduced: those with dementia can now use adhesive barcodes to be easier to find if lost.
We've all experienced work stress, difficulty getting up every morning, occasional conflicts with colleagues. However, when it becomes a daily reality, work stress can turn your life into hell.
The realities of today's world make most people experience stress, consequently, the body's response to this stress and anxiety is muscle tension which can lead to chronic muscle pain and exhaustion. The solution to the problem of everyday tension — progressive muscle relaxation exercises (PMR). This is a technique of relaxation the muscles used for calming your mind and body after having stress.
Just like any other organ, the brain needs nutrients from food to maintain its functions. We are used to treating food as a thing that determines whether you can get into your jeans. We forget that the brain must be fed in accordance with what benefits it, and that’s just what we are going to discuss.
Although it may sound like reinventing a wheel, greens are beneficial for health. The thing that is new is that they seem to slow down memory decline and make memory sharper. The previously unknown (yet probably suspected) benefit has recently been reported by American scientists.
Our brain is one of the most interesting and one of the less studied things in the world. Desiring to find answers to the question of brain’s work, scientists distinguished special brain waves. So, what function do these waves perform in our brain?
Our brain is a very sensitive organ. It sharply reacts to the slightest changes in glucose that the body receives to replenish energy. And because of that the brain of the people who have diabetes suffers a lot.
It's normal to experience some "winter blues" in the darker months: many of us feel tired, sleepy, and hungry all the time. However, for some people the problem is very serious - so serious that it is classified as a separate disorder
These moments happen to us all - a feeling of confusion, inability to concentrate on the task, coming into the room but forgetting what you came there for... If this lasts for days or weeks, though, it is time for a check-up: brain fog can be a serious sign.
Our immune system is designed to guard our body and protect it against bacteria and other threats. However, in some cases it seems to hurt us too. Besides autoimmune diseases, there is a newly-discovered mechanism that explains why those under psychological stress are prone to illnesses.
If you are one of those who cannot stand winter because of its cold and darkness, you might want to reevaluate this wonderful season. Really, there is a lot to love about winter! And here is why.
Emotions are an integral part of our life that influences our state of mind, our feelings and even our health. That is why it is very important to learn how to cope with your emotions from the very childhood.