3 brain games boost memory, focus, and flexible thinking

Three free brain games for your phone can help with memory, attention, and flexible thinking. And unlike with other games, there's research to back up the benefits.

Jordan Bennett-NYU | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

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These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Drugs that fight inflammation may reverse brain aging

When researchers gave mice drugs that fight brain inflammation, senile rodents showed fewer signs of cognitive decline and could better learn new things.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity
~8 mins   

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Too little (or too much) water may affect older women’s cognition

For older women, too little hydration may affect cognitive performance. But too much can do the same.

Katie Bohn-Penn State | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine attention brains cognition older-adults water

More body fat may hamper thinking as you age

In a new study, people in middle age who had higher amounts of fat in their mid-section had worse fluid intelligence as they got older.

Whitney Baxter-Iowa State | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Brains of children with type 1 diabetes work differently

When their brains are at work, fMRI scans of children with Type 1 diabetes show abnormal patterns seen in cognitive decline in aging, concussion, and ADHD.

Erin Digitale-Stanford | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Do you flush when you drink? Consider this Alzheimer’s discovery

"Our data suggest that alcohol and Alzheimer's disease-prone genes may put humans at greater risk of Alzheimer's onset and progression."

Stanford | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alcohol alzheimers-disease brains cognition genes

How you can get better at picking creative ideas

"We're probably all killing a lot of our best ideas early in the creative process without knowing it."

Stanford | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Cadmium, gene combo can speed up cognitive decline

Exposure to cadmium could speed up cognitive impairment, but it's even worse for people with a gene key to Alzheimer's disease.

Ashlie Chandler-Washington | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains cognition heavy-metals toxins

Why we blurt things out (and how to stop it)

New research explains why we blurt things out. "...it actually doesn't take very much stress at all before people will say something they might later regret."

U. Melbourne | Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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