Can delayed umbilical cord clamping increase boys' social skills later?

A new study suggests that delaying clamping/cutting at birth may improve the social and motor skills of boys later.Because the cord is what supplies the blood from the placenta to the baby, the longer the delay, the more iron storage. (The baby receives up to one third more blood volume.)(We're talking 2 minutes, not hours.) Currently, the World Health Organization recommends delaying cord clamping for at least one minute; this may get that upped to two minutes....more

New study on lasting brain improvements from brain training for civilians and soldiers with brain injury

In a new study funded by the Department of Defense, soldiers and civilians with traumatic brain injury had significant cognitive improvements (and psychological and neural health) after undergoing brain training....more

FREE online test that measures your cognitive skills

The Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research is offering a FREE online test (30-40 minutes) that gives you an assessment of your cognitive skills (memory, attention, logic & reasoning, visual and auditory processing, processing speed). You don't even need to enter your real name! Here's the email I just got: ...more

Looking at a grassy rooftop boosts concentration

If you're having trouble with your productivity levels, you may want to relocate to an office with a view of a grassy rooftop.It sounds bizarre, but a new study has found that glancing at a rooftop covered in grass for just 40 SECONDS "markedly" boosts concentration.The team of researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia (which, I presume, has many more grassy rooftops than we do in the U.S.!) did the study to see if their theory of "attention restoration through microbreaks lasting under a minute" can boost concentration....more

Watching 3D boosts your cognitive skills

The next time your 13-year-old nephew tries to tell you that 3D makes you smart, don't roll your eyes; nod your head.A new study in London did a bunch of cognitive tests on people and then had them watch 3D movies. On the more than 100 people in the experiment, the average results were after the 3D movie were:1. 23% increase in cognitive processing2. 11% boost in reaction timesThis is AFTER the movie, not during. The boost last about 20 minutes after the movie ended....more

80+-year-old woman trained her brain to outsmart people half her age

This is a great piece by 40-something Englishman Adam Shaw who went to Japan to report on personal brain training and was humiliated by an 80-something Japanese woman named Endo Tokiko who has been attending a "brain gym" three times a week for a while.The man who runs the program, Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, is a neuroscientists and the author of "Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain." ...more

Brain damage repaired and partial vision restored with injectable hydrogel/stem cell therapy

Researchers from the University of Toronto were recently about to restore partial vision and repair brain damage in blind mice following strokes.Although stem cells are pretty amazing, but they often die after being transplanted or don't fuse with surrounding tissue. So these scientists (who had previously developed a hydrogel) used it to help the stem cells stick together during delivery to the transplant site and to help the stem cells survive.The mice got about 15% of their vision back....more

Younger people with Alzheimer's show non-memory-loss symptoms

When we think of Alzheimer's, the first symptom we conjure is almost always memory loss. But there's new research that indicates that younger people with Alzheimer's may not always experience memory loss as their first symptom.For younger people (under 60), they're more likely to have problems with judgement, language or visual and spatial awareness. ...more

Why girls often get diagnosed with autism later than boys

If you have a daughter (or other female relative) who is on the autism spectrum, you can probably figure out why girls often get diagnosed later than boys.A team of researchers at the Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger analyzed data from thousands of children with ASD and found that the symptoms differ by gender. Specifically:1. Girls struggled more with the ability to interpret social cues (though boys ages 10-15 were more likely than girls the same age to struggle with them)....more

Kids with ADHD more likely to have certain eating disorder

It's called "loss of control eating syndrome" (LOC-ES) and it's similar to binge eating. The condition appears to be linked to ADHD and they share a biological mechanism.Although kids who take stimulant meds for ADHD tend to lose weight, experts say there's a strong association between ADHD and obesity (and being overweight). Why?One theory is that the impulsivity that is usually found in ADHD is the same cause of the loss of control over eating....more