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What To Do If Your Child Has a Seizure: Triggers and Tactics To Help You Cope


Watching your child have a seizure is one of the scariest things a parent can witness. But seizures are actually quite common. “Seizures happen when the brain has a sudden disruption of electrical activity in which cells are misfiring too much at the same time,” explains Stephanie Jackson, M.D., a pediatric neurologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This can cause uncontrollable shaking—either all over the body or just in one part of the body. One seizure…

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Makeover Your Memory: 5 Ways to Stay Sharp


While it’s tempting to think there’s a quick cure for memory loss, research shows that the best ways to keep your brain healthy are by keeping your body healthy, says Courtney Johnson, PhD, a neuropsychologist at Indiana University Health. Here, five proven ways to keep your memory in fight form: 1. Sleep at least seven hours each night. When you hit the hay each night, all the info you picked up during the day—from the details of your latest business deal to a recipe for lasagna—gets…

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Feeling Jealous? Here’s What’s Happening in Your Head


Everyone gets jealous at times, explains Natalie Dattilo, Ph.D.
a clinical psychologist with Indiana University Health. “Jealousy and envy are complex emotions that can elicit rage, humiliation, fear, and abandonment.” However, it’s important to note that jealousy and envy aren’t the same things, adds Dattilo.  “Envy occurs when we lack a desired attribute enjoyed by another. Jealousy occurs when something we already possess (usually a special relationship)…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Give Your Memory a Makeover


Feeling foggy and fried? Frequently forget key details? Your brain may be in need of a boost. That’s right: While you may be exercising your body, what about your brain? Experts now say this organ also needs regular maintenance to stay in top form. Wondering where to start? We asked a top expert for his advice. Here, Indiana University Health neurologist Dr. Jared Brosch, offers some savvy suggestions and insights.  

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Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?


Decisions, decisions — they are a daily part of life and making so many — both as a parent and a professional — can be exhausting. In fact, so exhausting, that psychologists define this as decision fatigue, the loss of mental energy after making repeated decisions. Here, Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, Child Psychiatrist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, offers tips on how to relieve it. Ponder and prep in advance. Take some time to pinpoint areas that need to be better organized…

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How to Handle ‘Hanger’


This amalgam of hungry + angry isn't just for laughs. For many people, experts say, it’s a real emotion. So, how does hunger lead to "hanger"? By the time a person feels hunger pangs, their blood sugar levels (also known as blood glucose) have dropped, say experts. And when blood glucose levels decrease, the brain is impacted because it’s dependent on blood sugar to function properly. "Often a person can become angry or irritable during prolonged periods of fasting. This is because…

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Give Your Brain a Boost: Easy Ways to Increase Memory and Focus


About 50 percent of people have memory problems by the time they reach age 85, shares Dr. Martin Farlow, a neurologist at Indiana University Health. How can you save your brain from this fate? Try these smart strategies. Create an information station. “I advise patients to keep a large calendar in a central location in their home,” suggests Dr. Jared Brosch, a neurologist at Indiana University Health. “This is where a person can write down appointments and reminders for the day.…

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New Study Says Processed Foods Are Addictive


Eat chips or cookies daily? You may be addicted—at least, that’s what a recent study reveals. Scientists found that foods that contain high levels of refined carbohydrates and fat (like French fries, ice cream, chips and pizza) could have the same addictive properties as a drug like cocaine. What’s the connection? Like drugs, carb and fat-laden foods are digested and broken down more swiftly by our body, and are ultimately more quickly absorbed into our bloodstream. This process…

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Your Brain and Music

Your Brain and Music - It’s a Catchy Thing

02/09/2015 | Neuroscience

Our favorite songs reach further than our ears – they speak to our brains and can affect our emotions. A catchy tune latches onto our mind, and we can’t get it out of our heads. Music casts a spell in many different ways, and scientists continually study the effects of music on the brain as a means to further understand overall brain function. Musical preferences vary, but it all means the same to our brains. Some scientists refer to the brain’s ability to consume and make sense…

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Stroke Awareness

06/08/2014 | Neuroscience

May is Stroke Awareness Month.Stroke is now the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, but it can be preventable and treatable.We want people to be aware of the causes of stroke, their risk factors and the importance of early treatment. When a stroke occurs, a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a clot or may burst open. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get blood with oxygen that it needs, so the brain cells die. This can happen…

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