How well do you know your brain? ran across this article on how to get your brain in shape and thought I'd post some of the highlights, many of which are just interesting facts:1. There are 86 billion active neurons in your brain2. Your brain uses 20% of your energy3. Gray matter (which carries out thinking) uses most of this energy4. White matter (which relays signals and coordinates the brain regions) is pretty energy-efficient5. Neurons rewire themselves based on your genes and experiences...more

The Ethics of Ending Alzheimer's: Gene linked to adult growth of brain cells, memory and learning

Sometimes, with good news comes questionable ethics, and new research from the City of Hope presents such an issue.The researchers discovered that stimulating a specific gene (a nuclear receptor called TLX) could grow new neurons in adults, resulting in faster, smarter learners that retained info better and longer.Obviously, there's some great news here - especially in the way of developing new treatments for things like Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's. But the sci fi element brings up ethical issues about playing God and building superhumans. ...more

There's Nothing Graceful About Getting Older

When I was younger I always said I wanted to be a "fat, jolly grandmother." I guess I imagined a person who always baked cookies and had a lot of fun and hearty laughs with their grandkids. Of course, that was when I was 16, 105 pounds and had flowing Farrah Fawcett hair, which I was NEVER going to dye, by the way. ...more

Turning 41: 5 things that kinda rock.

Did you guess it from the title?Yep.  Me. 40 plus one.As in: four decades plus one year.I know, I know -  you'd nevvvver say it by looking at me, would you? ;-) Last year, I didn't write anything about turning 40, which seems a more logical milestone for writing something like this. But, I ignored the entire thing.  As in: pretended in never happened. 'Cause I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22.  ...more
annaattard I agree wholeheartedly!more

Young blood reverses age-related cognitive decline

Maybe vampires are on to something! I heard about this on NPR this weekend. Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine put the plasma (blood stripped of cells)from young mice into older mice and found that their brain function improved! The older mice began performing better in spatial memory tests (compared to older mice who received no plasma or older mice who received plasma from other older mice).A study from 2011 found just the opposite is true when you put blood from old mice into young mice; the young mice have decreased brain function....more

Ageism is Alive and Well at the Office

This won't be grammatically perfect, nor will it be typo-free.  I've been there, done that, all week, all month, all year, for nearly five years at my workplace, and it's Friday evening and I'm tired.  in fact it was 5:20 this evening when I first started to think about  how cubicles had been emptying quietly since 4 PM and as I delivered documents to a few empty cublicles I heard the twenty- and thirty-somethings making plans for an impromptu evening together for themselves and their significant others, wine and dinner somewhere....more

Brain skills decline at 24, but there is good news

In the modeling world, 24 is practically ancient. When it comes to brain skills, we seem to be getting the same messages.I ran across this article about how our cognitive skills begin declining after age 24. people think of middle age as 45 or so, because that's when age-related declines start to show a bit more....more

Life Flashes

Eulalia Benejam Cobb (Lali)Blog:  MyGreenVermont.comWebsite:


I have a TV shopping channel on the background as I am trying to get some things together and thought how sad things are for women**as far as cosmetics go**.You “need” a serum for morning and night, you need a bb cream, cc cream, and a gallon of tar….**joking**. I mean, seriously, do you see a really big run by guys to stores for the same stuff they shamelessly shill women for on tv? We aren’t speaking $5.00 either. I just heard one price as $104.00....more

How Will I Stay Young at Heart? You're Asking the Wrong Question

I'm sorry. Let me say this in the kindest possible way. Asking me what I will do to stay 'young at heart' as I get older is ageist.Why would anyone assume that it is better to be young at heart than old at heart unless being old at heart implied a lot of unpleasant, undesirable things. Of course, that wasn't the intention. Assuming that young is better is a deep cultural belief, one that is, unfortunately, absorbed by many people as they age, making them mourn their younger selves rather than enjoying the age they are....more