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What are some fun brain games?

What are some fun brain games?

Brain science: New activities are considered brain games. Examples vary from learning a new instrument or language to doing cross-word puzzles or sudoku. Exercise or kinetic activities are also brain stimulating. ...Read more

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Does brain games like crossword puzzles and sudoku really help the brain ?

Does brain games like crossword puzzles and sudoku really help the brain ?

A little bit: You might be better able to do crossword puzzles and sudoku but these games might not help you in other activities. ...Read more

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Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

I did a search: On yahoo and no relevant programs turned up. In general neuro cognitive training has limited short term benefits but people who are promoting this are trying to sell this to insurance agencies, the government and to general public to ask them to pay for these training programs which have questionable long term benefits. ...Read more

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Do brain training exercises such as lumosity really work?

Do brain training exercises such as lumosity really work?

Yes: Studies have shown that mental activities such as reading, puzzle games, etc can help prevent mental deterioration and conditions like alzheimer"s. ...Read more

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Hi, can brain training web games (eg lumosity.Com) be harmful to kids above 3 years? Kids seem to love playing it - but is there any side-effect?

Hi, 
can brain training web games (eg lumosity.Com) be harmful to kids above 3 years? Kids seem to love playing it - but is there any side-effect?

Above three?: Do you mean above or below the age of three? Recent studies suggest that children under the age of two, really do not benefit from any video electronics. They can be too overstimulating. All children's tv programming should be limited to no more than one hour per day. I do not believe in having a tv in a child's room. You are not doing your kids a favor by exposing them too early to media. ...Read more

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Thinking of $$$ investment in myself - BLT Vanquish. Uses RF technology. Seems Safe and noninvasive. Thoughts /Feedback?

Thinking of $$$ investment in myself - BLT Vanquish. Uses RF technology. Seems Safe and noninvasive. Thoughts /Feedback?

It's BTL: BLT is a Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich.... Kidding aside, we do not give such advice on Health Tap Prime however I would be very careful about weight control or fat removal systems! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Does playing video games can harm my brain skills?

Does playing video games can harm my brain skills?

Effect of video game: Playing video games for a limited amount of time, (less than 2 hours per day of screen time) can improve attending skills and eye hand coordination. However, excessive time on video games can actually reduce attention skills. It can also be socially isolating, so limit your time at video games and have social experiences throughout the day. Get out of the house. ...Read more

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Do bigger brains lead to smarter tool use?

Do bigger brains lead to smarter tool use?

In evolution of man: In the evolution of man, bigger brains led to greater intelligence and thus smarter tool use. However in humans, it is not the overall size of the brain that determines intelligence, but the size (complexity) of the cortical ribbon that ultimately determines intelligence. This work was performed in infants, and though the study suffers from design flaws, but the thesis is probably correct. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases would attack nerves, brain cells , neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

What autoimmune diseases would attack nerves, brain cells , neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Generic question: Several possible answers, including limbic encephalitis, some variations of viral encephalitis, (of which there are many), perhaps multiple sclerosis should be included, and can find in isolated vasculitides, and arteritis associated with collagen vascular and rheumatological disorders. But why does this come up, has your doctor diagnosed such a condition? ...Read more

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Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Bad idea: Never put your trust in someone until you know them well including their background .You are playing with your life. ...Read more

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Can an autoimmune disease effect our nerves, brain cells , neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Can an autoimmune disease effect our nerves, brain cells , neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Possible: It all depends on the kind of autoimmune disease and place of involvement. For instance, lupus could cause cerebritis ie brain inflammation and even could go as far as causing coma. But lupus could be only localized to other places like causing kidney disease, lung diseases, skin disease, or arthritis. ...Read more

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Have read articles online claiming too frequent masturbation can negatively effect brain chemistry. Any truth? Reputable Research? How often healthy?

Have read articles online claiming too frequent masturbation can negatively effect brain chemistry. Any truth? Reputable Research? How often healthy?

Rational brain: No. There is no negative health consequences to the normal human sexual activity called masturbation. At 35 I hope you would realize that some things put on the web are there for hateful, hurtful, and dangerous propaganda. This disinformation about masturbation is completely false. ...Read more

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Does brain skills improve a lot (eg: memorizing speed, ability to understand) with progressive studying?what are other ways to improve skills?

Does brain skills improve a lot (eg: memorizing speed, ability to understand) with progressive studying?what are other ways to improve skills?

Cognitive skills: If you doc has ruled out medical conditions, see a book by Brant Courtright, PhD called "The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle." It provides way to help the brain continue to grow, something we didn't think it could do not too many years ago. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do all concussions involve brain damage?

Do all concussions involve brain damage?

In a word, Yes: By definition, a concussion involves injury to the brain such as compression, bruising, or nerve damage. You may suffer a concussion without loss of consciousness, but if the brain suffers bruising and injury, it is a concussion. ...Read more

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How do video games affect fine motor skills?

How do video games affect fine motor skills?

Video game players: improve their visual attention & eye-hand coordination, but they use navigation strategies reliant on the brain's reward system (caudate nucleus), not its spatial memory system (hippocampus). Resultant decreases in hippocampal structure (grey matter) & function increase risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's. Long-term studies using functional MRI's are needed to define degree of risk. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can make you smarter, or your brain to increase brain power. Like memory, thinking skills, smartness etc..?

Is there anything that can make you smarter, or your brain to increase brain power. Like memory, thinking skills, smartness etc..?

Can enhance: Sufficient sleep, good healthy eating habits, avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, will all form an excellent foundation. Getting help for organizational skills, study habits, and mechanisms for learning more efficiently will add to your capacity. Our drugs to assist learning and memory loss are modest at best, currently. ...Read more

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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Are bulk beings/ advanced beings guiding humanity into better future. Like in INTERSTELLAR MOVIE are these beings shaping our present n future.

Who knows?: You've posted this question on a network which provides health and medical information, but your question doesn't fall within that realm. A physician's training and experience would not qualify him or her to be any more knowledgeable about your question than anyone else. That said, I'm not aware of any objective data which is responsive to your question, and I think it's a matter of speculation. ...Read more