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These pages are updated regularly with interesting articles that we've been reading on the subjects of cancer and, more importantly, disease prevention. We hope that you come back regularly to see what is new.

Mindfulness
How to be wiser What is wisdom? And can you learn it?
Why Olympic athletes are zapping their brains Several sprinters and hurdlers who will be competing for Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro next month have been using a new training tool in preparation: stylish headphones that double as a brain stimulator. The device looks and works like real headphones but is engineered to precisely deliver mild electric current to the motor cortex, an area of the brain that coördinates movement.
Microbes Might Explain Why Many Diets Backfire The gut microbiomes of mice take time to change after bouts of weight loss, making them more vulnerable to regaining weight.
Two Words That Will Make You Happier With Your Life Choices Over a decade ago, psychologist Barry Schwartz published what might be the ultimate psychological life-hacking tome, Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less .​ In it, Schwartz argues that the modern world's smorgasbord of options-Brawny or Bounty? Coke Zero o
The Feel-Good Gene CHANCES are that everyone on this planet has experienced anxiety, that distinct sense of unease and foreboding. Most of us probably assume that anxiety always has a psychological trigger. Yet clinicians have long known that there are plenty of people who
What Mindfulness Is and Is Not Mindfulness is a word being thrown around a lot recently. Yet there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what it is. To be mindful, in very general terms, is to be aware. Take away the notion of some miracle healing state of mind, or spiritual 'be
Genetic Advances Provide Insight into the Causes of Autism | MIT Technology Review His name was David. He was 10 years old and, to put it bluntly, compellingly weird-especially in the buttoned-down, groomed normality of suburban Long Island in the early 1960s. At the time, Michael Wigler was a ninth-grade student in Garden City, and he
Meditation is for Everyone, not just Monks and Yuppies Meditation is for Everyone, not just Monks and Yuppies Classically, unless we are a regular practitioner, when we picture the act of meditation we think of some bald monk in robes sitting in full lotus position. Maybe they are on a rock somewhere, but the
Researchers link vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder Last updated: Today at 12am PST Ratings for this article (click to rate) Researchers say vitamin D deficiency could be a driver of seasonal affective disorder - a form of depression that occurs during the winter months. The research team - led by...
Midlife T2D Tied to Later Cognitive Decline Having type 2 diabetes in middle age was tied to cognitive decline later in life, researchers found. In an analysis of data from the ARIC study, patients who had diabetes when they entered the study had a 19% greater decline in adjusted global cognitive Z
Can Neuroscience Debunk Free Will? David Disalvo is the author of Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. One of the lively debates spawned from the neuroscience revolution has to do with whether humans possess free will, or merely feel as if we do.
Meditation may help with anxiety, depression and pain Using data from 47 earlier studies, researchers found moderate evidence to support the use of mindfulness meditation to treat those conditions. Meditation didn't seem to affect mood, sleep or substance use. "Many people have the idea that meditation means
Why Men Never Remember Anything This article originally appeared in Science of Us. Recently, I was visiting my family in Seattle, and we were doing that thing families do: retelling old stories. As we talked, a common theme emerged. My brother hardly remembered anything from our childho
Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour. The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get aw
Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice Memories and the feelings associated with them are not set in stone. You may have happy memories about your family's annual ski vacation, but if you see a tragic accident on the slopes, those feelings may change. You might even be afraid to ski that mount
The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress The modern idea of stress began on a rooftop in Canada, with a handful of rats freezing in the winter wind. This was 1936 and by that point the owner of the rats, an endocrinologist named Hans Selye, had become expert at making rats suffer for science.
Most of Us Still Don't Get It: Addiction Is a Learning Disorder - Substance.com Sex, food, shopping, the Internet, video games-all of these activities are being studied by neuroscientists, which frequently leads to headlines like " Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine" and " Brain Activity of Sex Addicts Similar to That of Drug Addic
How Mindfulness Meditation Permanently Changes Your Brain Mindfulness meditation works on the brain by decoupling regions that have tended to function together.
Can the Nervous System Be Hacked? One morning in May 1998, Kevin Tracey converted a room in his lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., into a makeshift operating theater and then prepped his patient - a rat - for surgery.
Is Work Your Happy Place? Do you feel more stressed out at work or at home? While work is widely viewed as the major source of stress for Americans, new research shows that people have significantly lower stress levels when they are at the office compared to their time at home.