Versus Brain Blast | October 2018

Welcome to the Versus Brain Blast for October 2018. Explore the latest news stories on the brain, as well as health, wellness, and technology. Post your thoughts on these stories or share your own in the comments section below!

Vacation: All Your Brain Ever Wanted

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In case you needed an excuse to book your next trip, multiple studies suggest that vacation has a positive impact on physical and mental health. Learn how a vacation may lower your risk of heart disease, improve the health of nerve cells in your brain, and increase your productivity and motivation.

Positively Charged: A Brain-Stimulating Device Treats OCD

Story via Medscape

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The FDA just approved a device which magnetically stimulates nerve cells in the brain for the treatment of OCD, especially among patients who have not responded to medication or therapy. Similar brain-stimulating devices have also been approved for the treatment of depression and migraines with minimal side effects.

Out of Order: Why We Procrastinate on the Important Things

Story via the New York Times

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A psychological phenomenon called the Urgency Effect, humans instinctively choose to complete tasks with nearer due dates, even if they are more difficult or less important than tasks with longer completion windows. Read more about the human tendency toward procrastination and methods to overcome it.

Mind the Gap: The Age Difference in Healthcare Habits

Story via Deloitte

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In a recent survey they conducted, Deloitte found that millennials are using technology to track their health goals and provide medication reminders in much higher numbers than are members of earlier generations. However, a growing number of tech-savvy seniors may begin to close this age gap.

Brain Bowl: Making a Brain from Scratch

Story via R&D Mag

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At UC San Diego, researchers are pioneering a method of cell reprogramming which allows them to quickly grow human brain structures in the lab. Explore how this innovation could be critical in enabling scientists to more effectively study and understand neurological conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s to Zika.

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