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August 2019 Newsletter

August 2019 Newsletter

Exploring the connection between hearing loss, cognitive decline

Hearing loss affects tens of millions of Americans and its global prevalence is expected to grow as the world’s population ages. A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with higher risk of cognitive decline. These findings suggest that hearing loss may help identify individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline and could provide insights for earlier intervention and prevention.

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Eating when feeling full when brain’s stop signal is overpowered

Devoured a giant tub of mac and cheese? Finished a tray of cupcakes when you only planned to eat one? Let’s face it, we have all had those weak moments where we keep eating despite feeling full. But why do we do this? Some may wonder if it has to do with the taste or being in an environment that encourages indulgence. But a new study on mice from the University of Michigan (UM) suggests that it all comes down to the brain.

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Mindfulness: The science behind the practice

The practice of mindfulness is everywhere. Business leaders, professional athletes, mental health professionals, and, of course, your neighbor down the street are all discussing how being mindful can improve our mental state and general well-being. Mindfulness is used as an approach for treating pain, depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction, chronic diseases, and HIV treatment side effects, as well as an aid in weight loss and in being more productive. So what is mindfulness? And what does the research have to say about its ability to better our lives?

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