Marijuana, Sleep, and Dreams

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on marijuana (cannabis) use and brain health. The first article reviews medical research on cannabis to control pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). The second article provides an overview of the human endocannabinoid system, and how marijuana use interacts with this system. The… Read More »

Migraine Relief with New Antibody Drug

Migraine is a neurological condition characterized by severe, debilitating headaches – usually intense pulsing or throbbing on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men. The Migraine Research Foundation estimates that U.S. employees… Read More »

Know Your Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

If carrying a specific gene variant added a substantial risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease when regularly eating a high sugar & saturated fat Western diet, would you use this knowledge to change your food choices? If knowing that a medical history of multiple concussions more than doubled the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, would… Read More »

Concussion Treatment and Recovery Steps

After using the free concussion symptom checklist, several readers have asked for information on concussion treatment and recovery guidelines. In response, we have developed a brief guide that summarizes current best practices for concussion treatment and recovery. Concussions cause an acute energy crisis in the brain, primarily during the first 7-10 days after sustaining a… Read More »

LearningRx Hit with $4 Million Fine for Deceptive Claims

LearningRx, a brain training & tutoring company, has been fined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making a range of false and unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of its cognitive training programs. LearningRx and its CEO, Dr. Ken Gibson, deceptively claimed that their brain training programs were clinically proven to permanently improve serious health… Read More »

Five Key Habits for Better Sleep

Sleep problems, ranging from the occasional fitful night to full blown insomnia can have an immediate, negative effect on cognitive health. Poor concentration, difficulty remembering details, and falling asleep during the next day are common signs of disrupted sleep. Over 70 Million people in the U.S. suffer from bouts of insomnia over the course of… Read More »

OCD: Brain Networks Stuck in Overdrive?

Several recent brain imaging studies point to overactive neural networks as a contributor to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. OCD behavior is typically used in shows and movies for comic effect, such as Sheldon Cooper’s (Big Bang Theory) obsession with germs. Another less comical example is the Hoarders reality show, which delved into how hoarding… Read More »

The Dangers of Percocet and Other Narcotic Painkillers

We note with sadness the death of Prince (Rogers Nelson), an iconic and talented musician. Early news stories point to the probability (now confirmed) that Prince was taking Percocet, a powerful painkiller, for pain related to hip surgery performed in 2010. Percocet contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic analgesic. It is dangerously easy to overdose… Read More »