Category Archives: Market-Health Care

The Motivation Switch in Your Brain

The part of your brain that is crucial for self-motivation also serves as a center for understanding the preferences and motivations of other people. Getting yourself motivated towards achieving a goal, and understanding what other people might want in order to help you achieve your goals often go hand-in-hand. Recent research by a neuroscience team… Read More »

The Addiction Paradox

The same reward circuits in our brains that we use for survival also leave humans perpetually vulnerable to addiction. Our brains are wired for survival. The human brain is finely tuned to seek out rewards like food, sex, and money, and to avoid painful experiences like being killed by dangerous predators, large and small. Called… Read More »

Novelty Creates Stronger Memories

How well you learn new information might depend in part on the type of environment you’re in. Fascinating research from the Duncan Lab at University of Toronto suggests that novelty as a strategy for learning could work as a more reliable and faster way to learn. Think of the “novelty” learning concept as a more… Read More »

Sleep Apnea and Memory Loss

  Sleep is a vital biological function for humans – we spend about 30% of our lives sleeping. Good sleep is important for memory consolidation (processing newly learned information). It’s also important for clearing out metabolic debris from the brain each day — including amyloid beta protein, one of the markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Rates are Dropping

Some good news in the ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s disease: several recent studies indicate that rates of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia have decreased significantly in the past 15 to 20 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and loss of other cognitive abilities serious… Read More »

The Promise of Exponential Medicine

The Exponential Medicine Conference, held in San Diego earlier this month, is always a fascinating dive into the increasing pace of medical innovation, ranging from biohacking, medical robotics, applying nanotechnology for cancer treatment, to how machine learning on millions of human genomes holds the promise of predicting disease before it starts. The fast moving four… Read More »