And talking about health, there are some interesting, short videos on the Brain Fitness Channel. Here is an example:
- Is Memory Loss Avoidable? Many people think memory loss is an inevitable part of getting older. Learn why scientists no longer think this is true.
There is also a lot of new research about mapping the brain. Science Daily talks about Imaging Pinpoints Brain Regions That 'See The Future'. So smart people think faster, and some of this is genetic. But that doesn't mean that you are stuck with the brain you inherit. "Thinking is like running or weightlifting. It helps to have certain genes. But anyone can get stronger or faster by working out. " This is from an NPR "All Things Considered" program on Friday. The image at the top of this post is from the same site and shows the results of diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI that measures "the structural integrity of the brain's white matter, which is made up of cells that carry nerve impulses from one part of the brain to another." More than just a pretty picture.
So these were some fairly random thoughts that I found interesting. For more information, a LOT more information, on brain research and diseases of the brain, visit The Dana Foundation.