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How to nurture a healthy brain for life (Part 7 of Your Brain at 100)

How to nurture a healthy brain for life (Part 7 of Your Brain at 100)

This is part 7 of a series of lessons in brain health from our elders — those folk who lived the longest and healthiest. Click here to download the entire series as a PDF   Dementia, memory loss and cognitive decline are robustly related to old age, and AD is one of the leading causes… Continue Reading

Can we predict who will reach 100? (Part 3 of Your Brain at 100)

Can we predict who will reach 100? (Part 3 of Your Brain at 100)

Can we predict who will receive a telegram from the Queen? Are centenarians grown-up versions of the exceptionally resilient ‘dandelion children’ I’ve described in previous articles? Is longevity simply a case of good genes? Can we predict which child will live till 100? When writing my book, I put these questions to Professor Richie Poulton,… Continue Reading

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

We humans tend to forget we’re wildlife, which is possibly why our planet is heading for climate change catastrophe. We’ve lost connection with Planet Earth and she’s fighting back. I have come to believe one symptom of our loss of connection the is loss of mental health and wellbeing. Lifestyle change isn’t simply about preventing or… Continue Reading

Growing resilient children. 10 neuroscience facts all parents and teachers should know.

Growing resilient children. 10 neuroscience facts all parents and teachers should know.

By Mariana Rickmann PhD. What do parents who also happen to be scientists (like me) do when faced with a subject they know nothing about but affects their lives directly? We research! However, I found very little information about early child development that was evidence-based enough to satisfy me, and at the same time simple and… Continue Reading

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 stressed… 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 Women’s Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness. Also published in the UK and Ireland as Demystifying the Female Brain. A neuroscientist explores 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,… Continue Reading

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