Priming Your Brain for Behavior Change

 If you want to reach an important health goal like consistently eating healthier or dramatically reducing the risk of a heart attack, it’s the small, incremental changes over time that matter the most for success. The “all or nothing” behavior change approach usually fails: about 80% of New Year’s resolutions come undone by the middle… Read More »

Bilingual Brains Provide More Protection Against Alzheimer’s & Dementia

  If you speak two languages, you’ve given your brain a big boost against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The PNAS study recruited 85 people from Northern Italy who had all been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. Forty people in the study spoke… Read More »

Soccer Headers Can Impair Memory

Several new studies shed more light on the short term and long term brain health consequences of heading a soccer ball (football for everyone not in the U.S.) Depending on position, soccer players can head the ball 500-1,500 times per year. This can mean thousands of headers over several years for many players. So how… 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 »