Aug 22 2012

Spacing Out

Spacing out for a bit can boost your memory. TODAY

Next time you zone out when your girlfriend is talking to you, just tell her you wanted to remember what she was saying longer. Wakeful resting--or zoning out--after learning something new can boost your memory, according to a study published in Psychological Science.

In the study, researchers told two short stories to 33 people. After one story, the participants sat in a room with their eyes closed. After the second story, they played a computer game. Seven days later, the people who zoned out were able to recall more of the story details. After learning something new, your brain automatically replays the information to form a new memory. But learning something new interferes with this process, the study explains.

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27 Ways To Power Up Your Brain. Men's Health

You work out and eat smart to sculpt your body. Take a similar approach to train your brain: use this plan to sharpen memory, boost creativity, and slay stress

Thanks to advances in scanning technology, doctors now have unprecedented insights into how a man's brain works. "It's scary, but we can actually see how cramming for an exam, hitting the weights, or partying in Vegas can expand or destroy your mental circuitry," says P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., a neuroscientist with the Duke institute of brain sciences and a Men's Health brain-health advisor. "Throughout your life, your neural networks are constantly rewiring themselves in response to your diet, exercise, work, and social habits." By tapping into this ability of your brain to change its own structure and function, you can achieve peak mental fitness.

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Aug 22 2012

Do Germs Spread on Airport Security Lines?

Burning Question: Do Germs Spread on Airport Security Lines? YAHOO! Finance

In the words of my dad, "A little dirt don't hurt."

 

We live in a germy world, says William Schaffner, infectious-disease specialist and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. "If we went down to Times Square and began culturing people's noses, something like 10% to 20% of them carry the antibiotic-resistant staph infection MRSA," he adds.

For the most part, however, those bacteria are harmless since we all have immunities against them. Simple hygiene—showering, washing hands—"will keep the bad guys at bay," he says.

Same goes for the barefoot march through airport security. The risk of catching athlete's foot or another fungus from fellow travelers is very low.

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Aug 22 2012

15-Year Old Dana Payne, Dies at Football Practice

15-year old HS player dies from 'normal football blow.' USA TODAY 

A 15-year old high school football player in Tennessee died Tuesday after being injured in practice, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported.

Dana Payne, a 5-11, 143-pound sophomore wide receiver for Millington Central High School, was pronounced dead at LeBonheur Children's Hospital.

Family friend Frank Sharp, who drove Payne to practice today and watched practice, told The Commercial Appeal that Payne suffered a "normal football blow."

"I had my back turned, but I heard the click," Sharp said. "He stopped breathing. They did CPR and they got him back in the ambulance. But about two minutes before they got to the hospital is when they lost him."

This is at least the third death involving a high school football player this season.

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