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Does speaking a second language really improve cognition?

It’s become accepted as fact that learning two languages improves brain function. New studies indicate otherwise<p>The idea that learning to speak two languages is good for your brain has come to be widely accept as fact, particularly in popular media. Studies have shown that bilingual speakers of all …

High-potency pot smokers show brain-fiber damage

People who use especially potent pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results, reported online November 27 in <i>Psychological</i> …

Cannabis

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist

Movies and television shows often portray therapy for an emotional or mental illness as lying on a couch in an office while pouring out your heart to …

How to Be Charming: 2 Secrets Backed by Research

Want to know how to be charming? Ask yourself: What do you want in any friend or partner?<p>Someone who is happy for you, wants the best for you and …

Autopsy finds concussion-related brain changes in 25-year-old former football player

Researchers have found the hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy throughout the brain of a 25-year-old former college football player who sustained more than 10 concussions during about 16 years on the gridiron.<p>The unnamed athlete, described in a report published Monday by the journal JAMA …

The Brain

Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: a randomized controlled trial.

2011 Nov;25(8):1725-34. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2011.07.229. Epub 2011 Jul 19.<p>1Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Ohio State University College …

We need clinical trials but we must remain vigilant against their abuse

Someone I know has been left disabled after participation in a clinical trial of an experimental drug. Advised that no conventional treatment existed for his rare multisystem disease, he deliberated before dipping his toe into the world of clinical trials.<p>After receiving one dose of the …

Clinical Trials

Voices: What I've learned from my battle with mental illness and eating disorders

Chances are, you only clicked on this if you think you’re battling an eating disorder or have a mental illness. And if you are, you made sure to click on this in the privacy of your own home or on a phone screen where no one can see what you’re reading.<p>Why?<p>Because it’s a taboo subject. No one wants …

Mental Health

How NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital built a patient-first marketing strategy

Thanks to the Internet, we're now able to instantly secure the information we need to make decisions in our lives. These can be mundane choices — …

Don't Fall for Vitamin D

Taking a high dose of vitamin D makes older people more likely to fall, says a study published today by the American Medical Association. As I wrote here three months ago, taking vitamin D can do amazing things for people who need it, while it's a growing problem for those who overuse it.<p>This …

Vitamin D

How to train your brain for high performance

For the past two decades, my good friend and mentor Gerhard Gschwandtner (if you don't know who he is, you're not in sales) has been investigating the thought patterns of successful people and how to replicate them.<p>In the process, he's created a fascinating and (it seems to me) quite useful model …

Self-improvement