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Compassion fatigue? How mindfulness increases empathy and serenity in health professionals

I come from a family of nurses – my sister, cousin, aunty and grandmother are all nurses. An abiding memory of my childhood is being transfixed by the case studies and photos in grandmother’s...

The Neuroscience of Addiction and Recovery

Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. Just like asthma is a disease of the lungs, addiction is a disease of the brain. The experts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse are very clear in their definition: “Addiction...

Rubik’s Get-Up

When I first learned to perform a get-up, I was unsure of its purpose. It seemed almost like a series of random movements, ultimately resulting in getting off the floor. Of course, being able...

Video: Why Injuries are Highest Early in the Baseball Season

I recently posted on Instagram in reference to how Major League Baseball Injuries are highest during spring training and early in the regular season. Surely, some of this has to do with the fact...

How I Trained for and Achieved My Sinister Goal

When I first started training Simple & Sinister in 2014, I never planned on reaching the Sinister goal. The thought of one-arm swings with the 32kg kettlebell was crazy to me. I started kettlebell training...

How to drink wine without killing your brain cells

    A glass of Pinot Noir from Central Otago in New Zealand, tops the list of my favourite indulgences. Especially coming at the end of  day wrangling the kids. Or chasing that elusive perfect re-phrasing of: “…non-inferiority guidance...

Understanding the Microbiome: How Gut Health Affects Your Health, Weight Loss, and Mood

Everything we know about diet and weight loss is being challenged by bacteria. Not some foreign infection, but — rather — the little bugs that live within your body. And the most promising part...

tDCS coming to an Equinox gym near you: Good, Bad or Depends?

___ Brain-Zapping Workout Tech Is Coming to an Equinox Near You (Gizmodo): “Athletes are generally willing to entertain any scientific-sounding trend that promises an edge. For reference: Michael Phelps and cupping or Shaquille O’Neal’s energy-enhancing bracelets. Which is...

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

    Imagine this: thinking about exercise strengthens your muscles, even if you don’t move an inch. Mental imagery not only activates the same brain regions as the actual movement but also can speed up the learning...

Does fasting improve mental acuity and help you live longer?

Todays guest blog post comes from Dr Devika Garg, a fresh PhD in neurosciences from the National University of Singapore, with a passion for bringing complex science to the public in simple and engaging...

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