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Not Enough Sleep May Help Alzheimer’s Take Hold

In recent years, scientists have made small steps towards understanding the relationship between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland may soon illuminate the connection—they are launching the first experiment of its kind that will study a key process in the brains of sleeping humans, as NPR reports.

Disrupted sleep patterns have long been a common complaint for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, sometimes decades before they develop cognitive problems or noticeable memory loss. The reason, researchers have discovered, is likely the buildup of beta amyloid plaque, a sticky amalgamation of proteins that collects in synapses and is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. A number of studies published in the last five years have found that people (and mice) with disrupted sleep patterns had more beta amyloid plaque in their brains.

Researchers are starting to get a sense for why this is the case—sleep maysweep toxins from the brain, preventing beta amyloid from collecting in synapses. But scientists are still not sure….Read More.


Top 10 TED Talks That Could Change Your Life

Ted Talks that could CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

There’s no time like the present to grow or refine ourselves a little bit more, and few resources are as helpful as TED talks. In that vein, here are the top 10 TED talks we’ve featured on Lifehacker or that have been popular on TED.

The summaries for all of the videos below are just quick introductions to the subject. They can’t really do…READ MORE.

How Do You Change Habits Overnight?

We have all done our fair share of “getting in shape” or “starting a new habit” getting ready for the New Year Resolution list. The problem is very little of us have the willpower to follow through . So what is the trick? Make it so easy to do that it’s more work to flake than follow through. You need to adjust your life so all you have to do is just have to show up.  In an article written by AJ Agrawal for Inc Magazine, he lays out his plan for success.  How does your New Year’s plan compare? Find out if…Read More

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Mindfulness…Our Very Own Superpower


In an article by Lindsay Holmes, Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post she provides us with a great outlook on our greastest superpower…MINDFULNESS.

The term “mindfulness” can scare people off. But the truth is, the practice could be your greatest superpower.

The basic premise of mindfulness is possessing an awareness of your thoughts, which, when you think about it, is a very useful tool. Next time you lose your cool over getting cut off on your drive home or a dry cleaning mishap with your favorite shirt — and who hasn’t? — try using a mindfulness technique to deescalate as discussed in the video…Read more



Why Is Giving Easier For Some Than Others?

As much as we would all like to be considered “givers”, some have an easier time than others.  The reason, some people are just wired that way and make giving look effortless. They’re the kind of people who bring donuts on Friday mornings and don’t think twice before helping overwhelm overwhelmed colleagues, even if it means they end up working late (again).  Nicole Torres explains in an article written for the Harvard Business Reviewthat… Read more

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How does our brain multitask?

Multitasking…we all do. However, few of us know how our brain does it.  Recent study shows how our brains are able to multitask. Researchers hope to use this information to better understand and treat autism and ADHD.

In an article for Popular Science, Claire Maldarelli takes us further.  If you’ve ever had to cook dinner, prepare for the next day’s work meeting, while also listen to a friend complain over the phone, then you know all too well the importance of multitasking. But what’s actually going on inside our brains that allows for us to strategically focus on one task over another? That’s remained largely a mystery, at least until recently. Earlier this week…Read more

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Miniature, Beating Hearts Grown Using Stem Cells

Dr. Bruce Conklin, a stem cell biologist at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco, along with colleagues developed these tiny hearts using stem cells derived from skin tissue. The scientists allowed the cells to grow in a petri dish, adding a chemical layer containing slight physical and chemical differences, thanks to tiny etchings made with oxygen plasma.

VIDEO: First Cloned Human Embryos Yield Stem Cells

Because of these slight differences, the stem cells developed into different types of cardiac tissue cells, similar to the process that takes place in the human body. By the 20th day of the trial, the cells actually formed heart “microchambers” that were beating slowly.

This fascinating milestone can help researchers learn more about the way the heart develops in vitro to help prevent defects and can aid in evaluating heart drugs for safety, particularly for pregnant women. The tiny hearts could also serve as models to treat damaged hearts. In addition, the concepts learned from this trial could be used by scientists attempting to grow other types of organs in a lab.

A study published in scientific journal Nature Communications shared these findings.

Tiny Brain Parts Teased From Stem Cells

This isn’t the first time stem cells have been used…READ MORE

The Price of Success? Your Health

Study hard. Work hard. Pay your dues, and anyone can be a success. This is the classic advice imparted to those striving for a better life, a prescription that generally fails to account for other factors that inhibit upward mobility in people who start out life in an economically insecure household.

The concept of upward mobility is a cornerstone of the American Dream. For those who achieve that dream, climbing to a higher socioeconomic status can cost decades…Read More

Article: 12 psychological tricks to winning people over

12 psychological tricks to winning people over

When you’re working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.

Mind tricks won’t make you a Jedi, but using the brain’s natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you encounter.

None of these tricks are deceitful or disingenuous, except for

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The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

The phrase, “It’s always best to look at the bright side” means more than we thought based on an article Joyce E. Bono and Theresa M. Glomb for the Harvard Business Review.  What most people don’t realize is that positive experiences — even small ones — provide you with valuable resources that can be used to reduce stress, including physical symptoms such as headaches or muscle tension. They make it easier for you to detach yourself from work at the end of the day.

We learned from our research that thinking about positive events in a systematic way can be… Read more

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