Building Nootropics
Nootropics are drugs that impact cognitive ability. They are known to enhance memory, motivation and attention. Through many scientific studies, scientists are now able to identify the pathways through which nootropics impact the brain. The better we understand how nootropics work, the better able we are to build new drugs... Read more
Trauma and the Teen Brain: Gender Matters
Nothing is more tragic than a teenager whose life and emotional well-being is shattered by post-traumatic stress. Though parents worldwide would prefer to keep children sheltered from traumatic experiences, it just isn’t possible. Shootings, burglaries, sexual abuse and other sources of trauma are a part of our world. We will never... Read more
Where Do Your Wandering Thoughts Come From?
Several years ago, I attended a ten-day silent retreat in Thailand. As someone who had never really meditated before, it was an eye opener. Ten days with only your thoughts to entertain you, and strict directions to think about nothing but breathing, teaches you a thing or two about... Read more
One Gene Linked to Both Happiness and Sadness
Sara and Chloe grew up in a poor neighborhood. They often ate top ramen and saw the electricity in their homes go out more than once. Both their parents worked multiple jobs and couldn’t be home very often. Both girls were often left alone. They attended state-subsidized day care... Read more
Coffee and Sugar for All
Not all nootropics are pharmaceuticals. In fact, the most popular and common nootropic of all is something that many American enjoy every morning: coffee. Coffee has some benefits all its own, but much of its nootropic impact is found in the drink’s high caffeine content. Caffeine has long been... Read more
Getting Nootropics Past the Blood Brain Barrier
If you’re a habitual user of vitamins, you have likely experienced the quintessential vitamin-buyers’ conversation. You’re standing in whichever store you frequent, pursuing the vitamin choices when some well-meaning stranger decides to offer a helping hand. The helping hand is usually delivered with a snicker and air of superiority... Read more
Recovering from Stroke: Can Nootropics Help?
A good number of nootropics are regularly prescribed for neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer’s patients are often given nootropics. Parkinson’s disease can be fought with nootropics. And why not?  The research backing these drugs for neurodegenerative disease is strong. Stroke, however, is a different story. I was in my mid-twenties when... Read more
DNA Found to Influence Family Size
If you’re like most people, you believe that family matters are strictly decided by personal preferences. How many children you have, when you have them and whether you even have them at all are very personal decisions. They have a huge impact on how our lives play out, and... Read more
Manipulating the Brain for Sensation
Nathan Copeland was only eighteen years old when a car accident robbed him of movement and sensation below the chest. Confined to a wheelchair for the last ten years, Nathan was an ideal candidate for an extraordinary device. He wore a neural implant for six months in the successful... Read more
Nootropics and Traumatic Brain Injury
There are more than 200,000 traumatic brain injuries diagnosed in the United States each year. While you might expect this type of injury to occur with our soldiers and football players, it impacts a much wider segment of the population. Falling off the monkey bars, taking a tumble off... Read more
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