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Sleep Problems? Why Some Kids May Stop Napping Early
Napping varies widely among kids. Some need more naps longer; others give it up early. It seems to be about brain development more than age.
Video Games May Strengthen Certain Cognitive Skills
Playing video games a few hours a day can help kids develop visual accuracy and impulse control -- at least some kids, anyway.
Pick Up the Pace
Walking 10,000 steps a day is good for your heart and general longevity. And there's something even better — going a little faster.
Oral Health As a Hedge Against Dementia
Periodontal health may protect your cognitive health. Inflamed gums and tooth loss appear to raise the risk of mental decline.
Go Ahead, Think about It
With smartphones always there to distract us, we are spending too little time paying attention to our own thoughts. It's a lost opportunity.
Are There Age Limits to Learning Mindfulness?
Kids 11 to 14 were given mindfulness training to improve their emotional health and reduce stress. But the results didn't go as planned.
“Magic” Mushrooms for Mental Health
Tiny "microdoses" of psilocybin improved the mood and motor control of participants in a large study. Those over 55 were especially helped.
Get into the Groove
Music that makes you want to get up and dance doesn't just make you feel good -- it stimulates the "executive" part of your brain.
Antioxidants to Boost Memory and the Brain
Antioxidants found in fruits and veggies like papayas, tangerines, oranges and leafy greens appear to help prevent dementia. Smoothie time.
A Little Stress Could Help the Brain Clear Memory-Impairing Debris
An accumulation of misfolded proteins can lead to Alzheimer's plaques and Parkinson's. Stress may actually help the brain get rid of them.
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