Category Archives: Market-Health Care

The Genetics of Concussion Recovery

Of the more than 2.5 million concussions that occur every year in the US (source: CDC), the majority of people who have concussion symptoms can typically return to normal activities within 10 days to a few weeks after the event that caused the concussion. For an unfortunate minority, however, concussion symptoms such as headache, dizziness,… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Prevention Strategies: Claims versus Reality

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto is wrapping up later this week, and over 5,000 attendees are going home with a trove of new, and sometimes conflicting information. We have selected a few highlights from AAIC 2016 and provide a summary for reference: The Claim: Brain Training Can Prevent Dementia The Reality: The… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Free Concussion Testing Tool

With public awareness growing about the risks to brain health from multiple concussions, thanks to the debut of the movie Concussion, MyBrainTest is providing a free online tool to track and document concussion symptoms. Repeated knocks to the head can trigger a neuro-degenerative cascade known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which typically results in dementia… Read More »