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Seven common-sense building blocks for your child’s brain.

Seven common-sense building blocks for your child’s brain.

  All children differ in their biological susceptibility to life experiences in a ‘for better and for worse’ manner. Some kids are particularly sensitive to both highly stressful and highly nurturing environments. Like orchids, such children bloom if lovingly cultivated, but wilt and wither if neglected. In contrast, adaptable resilient children who don’t get easily… Continue Reading

Where is all the women’s brain health research?

Where is all the women’s brain health research?

This is an excerpt from the Introduction to The Women’s Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness. Over the last decade writing about brain science, I’ve developed a tried and tested method for researching an unfamiliar topic. First, I’ll read the appropriate chapter in Principles of Neural Science, the neuro-bible beloved by brain… Continue Reading

The emerging field of psychobiotics (Part 3)

The emerging field of psychobiotics (Part 3)

  Today in Part 3 of our series on the gut-brain axis, Drs Amy Reichelt and Sarah McKay discuss mind-altering microbes and the emerging field of psychobiotics. The gut microbiome is a key node in the gut-brain axis. Scientists are only just uncovering how microbes in the gut influence physical, brain and even mental health. In 2004, a pivotal… Continue Reading

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

  This is the second post in a series exploring the neurobiology of the gut-brain connection published in partnership with neuroscientist Dr Amy Reichelt. Our intestines are home to an ecosystem of trillions of microbes including bacteria, viruses, phages, fungi, protists, and nematodes. Dominant are bacteria from the families Firmicutes and Bacteriodetes. As I talked about in… Continue Reading

The Women’s Brain Book / Demystifying the Female Brain

The Women’s Brain Book / Demystifying the Female Brain

  I’ve written a book! Just one book. It may appear that I’ve written two, but, we’re publishing the same book under two different titles in Australia and the UK. In Australia and New Zealand, the book will be published by Hachette Australia under the title The Women’s Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones… Continue Reading

Does MEND reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

Does MEND reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

    In June 2016 a team from the Buck Institute of Ageing published the results of a small case series that used a technique called Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND) to treat people with various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the authors of the study, the results are ‘unprecedented‘. But is this description… Continue Reading

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