Head Injuries in Youth May Increase Dementia Risk in Aging

A recent study has found some very troubling results: youth who experience head injuries may experience an increased risk of dementia as they age. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that head injuries can interfere with the performance of the glymphatic system, which is responsible for cleaning the brain of damaging debris. The lead researcher…

Simple, Clear Advice from Harvard Health on Protecting Memory

I ran across a very clear explanation from Harvard Health about how to protect the brain’s abilities. (Note: that link is a summary press release; to get the full report, you can purchase it here.) They talk about building your “brain bank” by challenging your mind and staying physically active.  It’s great to see a simple…

Music Has Charms to Soothe a Savage Brain

Is there really anything more interesting to talk about than music? Personally, I can’t think of anything else I would rather occupy my thoughts and conversations with. That’s probably because for me, music connects to everything worth caring about in the first place: culture, technology, and language. Mark Richardson, one of my favorite modern writers…