Dad Was Right: Sugar Rots Your Brain

Does Your Sugar Intake Approach the "Tipping Point?" There's a reason Mental Mojo is sweetened with natural stevia: sugar is linked to Alzheimer's. As a neurochemist-designed, patent-pending brain booster whose actives were originally developed to fight this pernicious disease, we saw the proverbial writing on the wall with sugar years ago, but it wasn't until February of 2017 that the Sugar-Alzheimer's link was made official in a clinical study conducted by the University of Bath. The study…

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Inside the Brain of a Math Wizard

There's no doubt that truly gifted mathematicians think differently than the rest of us. It's often observable during their everyday social interactions. But is there a neuroanatomical explanation for the difference, or is it merely the result of training? Cutting-edge fMRI studies suggest the former. You'll recall from last week's post a discussion of the revelations gleaned from the dissection of Einstein's brain: it was more connective, and had a smaller than average language center  (a.k.a., Broca's…

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Left-Handedness and Genius

Despite stunning scientific advances in genetics, nanotechnology and robotics (to name a few), many neurologic phenomena remain unexplained. Take hand dominance. Scientists have been struggling for centuries to explain why, unlike animal populations whose right vs. left limb dominance always follows a 50/50 distribution, nearly 90% of the human population is right-handed. Although the answer is still blurry, the history of how neuroscientists arrived at it--including a dissection of Einstein's brain--is fascinating. As a preliminary matter, it is…

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