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Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science

Scientists have found a set of lymphatic vessels that directly connect the brain to the immune system, opening new dimensions in disease research.

Stress Ramps Up Inflammation

Dwelling on a stressful event—such as a public speaking performance—raises levels of C-reactive protein, an inflammation marker linked to heart disease.

Hatha Yoga Boosts Brainpower

In just two months of three-times-a-week yoga classes, older adults improved their cognitive functions, reaction times and working memory.

Meditation Improves Brain Health

Harvard researchers report that a mere eight weeks of mindfulness meditation increases memory and learning capacity.

Memory Works Better Reading Real Books

Two studies have found that adults and children are able to comprehend and remember the stories better that they read in paper form rather than on a digital device.

Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity

Beautiful paintings produced more appreciation in people and more varied brain activity than photographs of similar scenes, Japanese researchers found.

The Exercise Advantage

New research suggests that regular physical exercise—including simple walking—may boost brain health even more than doing the daily crossword puzzle.

Bad Fats Are Brain-Busters

Saturated fats from red meat and butter may be associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory in older women.

One-Size Meditation Does Not Fit All

New to meditation? The most popular methods may not suit—you’re more likely to stick with the practice and reap its healthful benefits by selecting a style that feels comfortable to you.

Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp

New research reveals that diet may make a powerful difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimer’s disease.
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