Brain

Your Brain Shape May Determine Your Personality

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living

Who would have thought?

Why I Look At This Picture Of Myself Whenever I Feel Down

Dina Pestonji | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

My sister Yasmin took this picture on Jan 7, 2013. It was after my six-hour long emergency brain surgery. No one knew if I would wake up, but she took this picture. After months of living in the hospital and doing more weeks of therapy that I can count, I did recover from having a stroke and brain surgery.

A Gratitude Year Rewired My Noodle

Heather Boucher Robinson | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Heather Boucher Robinson

The concept was simple. Every night, write down something – anything – that I was grateful for that day, fold it and pop it into a glass jar. For 365 days.

Diabetes Drug Could Rebuild Brains

Sean Mallen | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Sean Mallen

For half a century, a drug called metformin has been making life better for people suffering from Type II diabetes. Now, Canadian researchers are finding that it could also offer remarkable benefits for something completely different. There is evidence that metformin can help an injured brain repair itself.

The 5 Habits Of Psychological Resilience

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Resilience is the ability to absorb high levels of change, while maintaining your personal resourcefulness. It is more than stress management. Stress management is about 'managing' or getting rid of something that is negative (that you don't want). Developing or building resilience is more about creating something positive (that you want). Focusing on what you want to create provides you with opportunities and 'answers' that will not come to you when you focus on what you want to eliminate.

Dogs Are As Smart As We Think They Are

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Have you ever tried fooling a dog into getting excited for the wrong thing? Perhaps testing their instincts by offering something boring to the tune of a tasty treat? It turns out that while they may very well be excited by the amped up sound of your voice, they are most likely on to your trick.

I Cried The Day I Stopped Hiding That I'm A Stroke Survivor

Dina Pestonji | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

I desperately tried to HIDE my story. After my stroke, I hated the attention I received. I was lucky to have had a successful recovery but I did not understand why it was such a big deal, why newspapers wanted to write about it and why every single person I saw would make it the focus of a conversation.

I Changed My Fuel And It Changed My Health's Trajectory

Tosca Reno | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tosca Reno

All calories are not equal. Yet we continue to count them in hopes of managing weight and health. Correcting this flawed thinking will forever change your relationship with food, calories and your weight. Changing your fuel just may change your health trajectory.

Why Is It Taking So Long To Find A Cure For Parkinson's Disease?

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

Even though research in the Parkinson's disease field continues to progress, there is still no cure for this disease that affects an estimated seven million to 10 million people worldwide. Still, progress is being made as we are beginning to understand the complexity of this disease.

Are You Too Old To Learn A New Language?

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

There are a lot of people who glibly toss the idea that older people cannot learn a new language around and, unfortunately, I think it influences some people who are past their thirties. They think they can't learn a language anymore. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There's No Such Thing As A Male Or Female Brain

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Living

“We have to treat each person according to what he or she is and not according to the form of their genitals.”

Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

On the whole, my many years of research on substance use has taught me a major overarching lesson: we are much more likely to demonize drugs for their negative effects than consider their neutral or potentially positive impacts. Or -- in scientific terms -- there is a built-in bias in the scientific literature, textbooks, and popular press towards highlighting the negative aspects of drug use.

Will I Be Paralyzed Like My Mother Once Was?

Jake Kivanc | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jake Kivanc

Now, I patiently wait on a list nine months long in order to see if I drew the short end of the stick. It's both comforting and frightening to know that, no matter the outcome, it's completely out of my control, and in a way I'm okay with that.

Things I Learned While Recovering From a Brain Injury

Ovey Yeung | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ovey Yeung

Despite what the doctors call a "life long recovery," I am determined to move past the incident and accept it as a past.

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

Can't Sleep? Blame Your Neurons

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Reported online August 20 in the journal Brain, the new findings demonstrate for the first time that a group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, is substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Developments on the Biology Underlying Schizophrenia

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia.

When it Comes to Brain Tumours, There Is Strength in Numbers

Marianne Lee | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Marianne Lee

When it comes to fighting brain tumours, having a strong and supportive team is the greatest weapon. I've been a social worker on the neurosurgery floor of a hospital for over 26 years. As one of the first people to have contact with a newly diagnosed brain tumour patient, I can attest that a strong network, a resilient team, is one of the greatest assets a patient, and their families, can equip themselves with as they begin this new chapter of their lives.

Why Eating Healthy Is Good For Your Noggin

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living

Eating right in midlife may prevent dementia later on, according to a new doctoral thesis published by the University of Eastern Finland. Results indi...

10 Brain "Must-Knows" to Live + Work with More Ease

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

I've been thinking about my brain a lot these days - and so should you. Neuroscience is now the "it" topic and this hot (and really cool) area of science is no longer the exclusive domain of neuroscientists, brainiacs and academics. We are all getting in on the action and that's a good thing.

Turns Out, Honesty Is The Best Policy

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A University of Toronto report based on two neural imaging studies that monitored brain activity has found a reward given for telling the truth gives people greater satisfaction than the same reward given for deceit.

It's True, Love Is a Drug

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

It's the month of love. Valentine's Day on the 14th marks the half-way point in the shortest month of the year.  Spring is around the corner, and mo...

5 Ways to Beat the Back to Work Blues

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Business
Eileen Chadnick

Going back to work after a holiday break can be tough. Even for those of us who love our work. Here are five ways to beat back to work blues.

Try This Exercise Program For Your Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

What does an exercise program for your brain look like? Research supports partaking in brain games (available as apps on your smart phone), word challenges such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, card games like bridge and learning new skills (like a new language). Challenge your brain every day.

The Importance of Being Inauthentic: My Talk at TEDxToronto

Mark Bowden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark Bowden

On September 26, I challenged more than 900 delegates at the TEDxToronto conference to examine how much our primal behaviour guides daily interactions...