Simon J Evans

Simon J Evans

Dr. Simon Evans is a research scientist at the University of Michigan studying the role of diet in mental health. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the UM. He seeks to understand how dietary approaches can help patients with mental health disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Two Support Systems That Keep Your Brain FitYour personality traits may be contributing to your leve

Your personality traits may be contributing to your level of risk for developing cognitive dementia. How well you handle stress and how frequently you interact with circles of friends may be clues to your future, new research tells why.

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BrainFit or Bust

Physical exercise is good for your body, but it's also good for your brain. New studies show how a group of fit older women have better blood flow to the brain and perform better on all kinds of cognitive tests, including memory, processing speed and verbal abilities.

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Can Tetris Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Traumatic experiences can lead to intrusive memories that haunt you for a long time. Researchers have found one approach to disrupt those memories from solidifying in your mind and make it less likely to suffer the 'flashbacks' of the horrible event.

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Eat, Drink and Be Brainy

We've know for some time that some foods are good for the brain. Research continues to unveil the cognitive effects of foods, some of which many of us really enjoy. New data shows how tea, wine and chocolate may boost brain performance in older adults.

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Numb the Sweet Tooth in Your Brain

Sugar cravings are one of the worst enemies of weight loss attempts. New research supports a couple of methods to reduce those cravings to give yourself a much better chance of weight loss success.

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Growing New Brain Cells - And Wiring Them Up

We grow new brain cells are entire lives, but the process slows down as we age. Exercise helps speed that process back up and get those brain cells working again.

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Are You Stuck With the Genes You Were Born With?

The notion that we are stuck with the genes we inherited from our parents is becoming a little cloudy. Emerging studies show that we have more control over modifying our genes than we once thought, and we can pass those modifications on to our kids and grandkids.

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Untangling The Alzheimer's Brain

Alheimer's disease is debilatating on its victims and family members. Research into the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's is intensive. New data suggests nutrtional approaches may be useful in preventing and eventually treating Alzheimer's disease.

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Make Love, Not Stress

Happy couples live longer and healthier lives. New research shows that they also have lower stress hormones floating around in their blood all day, which lets them handle more challenges at the office.

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BrainFit for Life: A User's Guide to Life-Long Brain Health and Fitness.

Brain Fitness is quickly gaining momentum in the media and business worlds. Most of the current focus is on 'brain-training' programs to boost cognitive function. While this is a positive movement, we must not lose focus that the physical health of the brain is required for cognitive health. We must not ignore all the data regarding the cognitive benefits of a health diet, physical exercise and optimal sleep.

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Tai Chi for Your Head and Your Heart

Many people practice Tai Chi for health benefits. Now a new study supports those efforts showing that Tai Chi reduces cholesterol, improves blood pressure and reduces risk of heart disease. What's good for the heart is good for the brain as well.

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Is Fish Oil a Quick Fix for Your Memory?

Fish has been touted as brain food for a long time. New research shows that people with high levels of omega-3s in their blood are have greater brain health in old age. However, there's no quick fix.

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Is Kevin Bacon Controlling Your Health?

How much are your friends and relatives controlling your health? New studies suggest it may be more than you think.

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Are Kid's Growing Bellies Increasing Their Odds of Alzheimer's?

Belly fat and brain fitness are related. Adult obesity increase odds for late-life dementia and Alzheimer's. Childhood obesity sets kids up for a life-long battle with a weight problem. It's not much of a stretch to say that weight problems in adolescence set kids up for increased odds of Alzheimer's disease down the road.

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Climbing the Corporate Ladder of Brain Fitness

Higher levels of education and more intellectually challenging careers associate with lower rates of Alzheimer's disease. However, this doesn't mean you need a PhD to stave off cognitive decline. Commitment to life-long learning can be done without formal education and boost your brain fitness as well.

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