Every year, aneurysms burst in the brains of about 10 in 10,000 people. Read the full story for VICE’s Tonic.
Find out what it’s like to watch your mind—and your life—slip away. Read the full story for Men’s Health.
You’ve spent your training runs loping along tree-lined trails or quiet back roads with your herd. But one day, you find yourself on a city street inside an immense crowd of unfamiliar beasts. Music blares, crowds roar, and you have to fight your way through a veritable obstacle course to reach your destination. Add the pressure to perform and months (if not years) of preparation and expectation, and you have the perfect description of a big-city race—and a potential recipe for a major mental meltdown. Read the full article for Runner’s World.
As an overwhelmed first-year law student nearly 30 years ago, Victor Davich saw his classmates turn to medications to battle stress and stay focused. Davich, though, chose a different route. Read the full article on NowU.
Just as a good training program builds you up, falling off the workout wagon can have the opposite effect—sometimes almost immediately. Experts call this phenomenon “detraining,” and its consequences can weigh even heavier than the gut you see in the mirror. Fortunately, the condition is fully reversible, as long as you get your butt back to the gym. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
Consult this checklist to find a gym buddy who pumps you up rather than dragging you down. Also, outsmart your couch-potato genes, train your body and your brain, and learn about the new breed of fitness pro charged with delivering your perfect exercise experience, in this month’s Fitness Scoop. Read the full page in Women’s Health (pdf).
You know that poor eating habits and lack of exercise harms your body—you see on your waistline, and you feel it when you walk up a flight of steps. What you don’t see: These same poor health habits are hurting your brain too, by harming the blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to your noggin. Read the full Men’s Health blog post on Yahoo! Health.
Sweaty palms could make you smart. In a new study in the journal eLife, rats that endured a single episode of mild stress (a few hours of physical restraint) produced new neurons in a brain region called the hippocampus. Two weeks later, rats with these bonus brain cells performed better on a rodent memory test (yes, there are such things). Read the full article in Men’s Health News.