Fight Mental Flab
Of the problems that afflict the U.S., "the underlying one is mental feebleness." N.Y.T. Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks sets out the case for more mental courage.
In 1811, popular novelist Fanny Burney underwent a mastectomy without anesthesia. But her real heroism came later when she relived the horror in order to write about it, says David Brooks. Then, people believed in struggling against mental feebleness. Today’s culture is better in most ways, but in this way it is worse — "metacognition deficit" is the norm, he laments. "Heroism exists not only on the battlefield or in public but also inside the head, in the ability to face unpleasant thoughts." But, "very few in public life habitually step back and think about the weakness in their own thinking."
Both schizophrenics and people with a common personality type share similar brain patterns.
- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
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