Archive for June, 2007

Brain scans show why meditation works

Posted in brain control, meditation on June 30, 2007 by ewakening

(LiveScience.com)

Meditation and other “mindfulness” techniques are designed to help people pay more attention to their present emotions, thought and sensations without reacting strongly to them. Meditators often acknowledge and name their negative emotions in order to “let them go.”

When the team compared brain scans from subjects who had more mindful dispositions to those from subjects who were less mindful, they found a stark difference—the mindful subjects experienced greater activation in the right ventrolateral prefrontral cortex and a greater calming effect in the amygdala after labeling their emotions.

“These findings may help explain the beneficial health effects of mindfulness meditation, and suggest, for the first time, an underlying reason why mindfulness meditation programs improve mood and health,” said David Creswell, a UCLA psychologist who led the second part of the study, which will be detailed in Psychosomatic Medicine.

http://www.livescience.com/health/070629_naming_emotions.html

Healing yoga helps cancer patients

Posted in healing, yoga on June 29, 2007 by ewakening

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s North Star Lodge started Healing Yoga classes about two years ago. That was around the time research published in the journal Cancer showed that Tibetan yoga led to significant improvements in the sleep of patients with lymphoma.

This month, the famed MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas announced expanded research into the benefits of Tibetan yoga in relieving the side effects of cancer treatments.

http://www.yakima-herald.com/page/dis/289225752475770

Yogi Ramsuratkumar

Posted in enlightenment, gurus on June 29, 2007 by ewakening

“I am infinite and so are you and so is everyone, my friend. But there is a veil, there is a veil. Do you follow me? You can see only a infinitesimal part of me. Just like when a man stands on the seashore and looks out over the great ocean, he sees only a fraction of that vast ocean. Similarly, everyone can see only a small part of me. The whole cosmos is but an infinitesimal part of the real man, but how can a man see the whole cosmos?” (Yogi Ramsuratkumar 1918-2001)

Nicole Kidman trains her brain with Nintendo

Posted in brain enhancement, celebrities on June 26, 2007 by ewakening

By Craig Zammit

Nintendo has announced actress Nicole Kidman as the new face of its forthcoming Nintendo DS handheld gaming title More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain?

The new game, which is the sequel to Nintendo’s runaway success DS title Brain Training, tests user’s intelligence and aptitude through a range of puzzles, questions and challenges in an attempt to improve the user’s ‘brain age’ – essentially a reflection of the user’s intellect.

. . .

“I love the concept that Nintendo is reaching out to new audiences with their self improvement products like Brain Training,” said Kidman. “Most importantly, I’ve quickly found that training my brain is a great way to keep my mind young,” she said.

http://www.current.com.au/2007/06/26/article/BENAVZKHTL.html

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Posted in cross-promotion on June 23, 2007 by ewakening

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aka

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Brain-activated remote control?

Posted in brain control on June 23, 2007 by ewakening

A new technology in Japan could let people control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The “brain-machine interface” developed by Hitachi analyzes miniscule changes in the brain’s blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals.

The technology could one day replace remote controls and keyboards and perhaps help disabled people operate electric wheelchairs, beds and artificial limbs.

Initial uses would be helping people with paralyzing diseases communicate even after they have lost all control of their muscles.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/worldbiz/archives/2007/06/23/2003366525

Repair your brain . . . with gene therapy!

Posted in biotechnology, brain, genetics, healing on June 22, 2007 by ewakening

Researchers inject viruses into brains of Parkinsons’ sufferers to retrain neurons

A major worldwide breakthrough in gene therapy was signalled last night after injections into the brain were used for the first time to successfully treat a degenerative brain disease.

In a pioneering study, researchers used the treatment to bring about significant improvements in the mobility of Parkinson’s sufferers. They said it could also herald a breakthrough in the treatment of other neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s or epilepsy.

The study, begun in 2003, was carried out on 11 men and one woman with an average age of 58, who had all had severe Parkinson’s for at least five years and for whom current therapies were no longer effective.

They were given injections of billions of copies of a genetically altered virus into part of the brain called the subthalamic nucleus.

The altered virus carried the human gene for an enzyme, called GAD, which helps to make GABA. Once implanted, brain cells of the patients started to make the GABA chemical.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/22/nbrain122.xml