Living in Space harms the brain

With interest in space travel on the rise (Blue Origin—Jeff Bezos’s spaceflight company—has even announced that it will open its own space station later this decade), a new study might be a cause for alarm. The study, conducted on Russian cosmonauts who spent more than five months in space, showed indications that prolonged time in […]

Keep working for better cognitive function

Retiring early is appealing in many ways—but it may not be the best choice for your brain. A recent examination of 20,000 people suggests that those who keep working later in life experience less cognitive decline than those who stop working earlier. (Of course, there are many ways to keep your brain active and healthy […]

Not all Attention issues are ADHD

Diagnosing ADHD can be tricky. That’s because its most common symptoms can also be signs of other disorders. Parents, teachers and even clinicians sometimes jump to the conclusion that a child (especially a boy) with attention issues has ADHD, but it’s important to consider other possible causes. Other causes, including anxiety and learning disorders, are […]

The teen brain: 7 things to know

Did you know that big and important changes are happening in the brain during adolescence? Here are 7 things to know about the teen brain: The brain reaches its biggest size in early adolescence. For girls, the brain reaches its biggest size around 11 years old. For boys, the brain reaches its biggest size around age 14. But this difference […]