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 »

Total Recall: Hollywood Meets Neuroscience

It turns out that Hollywood might be pretty good at predicting the future of neuroscience technology. In the movie Total Recall (let’s stick with the original 1990 film), Douglas Quaid, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, visits Rekall, a virtual reality entertainment service that will implant false memories for a thrill, such as a trip to Mars.… Read More »

Top Ten Foods for Brain Health (and Five to Avoid)

Keeping your brain healthy at any age depends in part on diet and food choices. Knowing these top 10 brain healthy foods (and the foods to stay away from) will help protect your brain for the long run. This list is from the MIND diet, a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet (all around good for… Read More »

Exercise Protects Your Brain

Want to keep your brain from shrinking as you age? Several studies point to moderate physical exercise (3-5 times per week) as a key factor for a healthy brain at any age. The benefits of exercise for cognitive health come in two forms: cardiovascular benefits for the brain, and increased production of brain derived neurotrophic… Read More »

A Guide to Normal Age Related Memory Changes

Several readers have asked for examples regarding normal age related memory changes versus signs that there might be more serious memory problems approaching. In response, we have developed a quick reference guide to help distinguish between normal age related memory performance and potential markers of cognitive impairment. The guide also includes information on several reversible… Read More »