Anna Tommerdahl

49 posts

Long Term Consequences of COVID-19



The long term neurological impact of an inflammatory disease like covid is still largely unknown

Despite having been around for less than a year, the covid-19 virus already has a very large showing in the literature. A quick google scholar search for “covid-19” yields an impressive 110,000 results from this year, and “covid-19 neurological disorders” racks up 19,200 hits. Even with the immense body of literature, there is still a lot that we don’t know or understand about the virus and how it effects its human host.


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Diet, Focus and Saturated Fat



More evidence that we are what we eat

A recent study out of Ohio State University has found what holistic health practitioners—and really, most people—have known for a long time: what we eat can have an immediate impact on our brain function.

The study, conducted with 51 women, tested the difference in ability to concentrate following consumption of a meal high in saturated fat versus a meal high in unsaturated fat. All participants were fed a meal consisting of eggs, turkey sausage, biscuits, and gravy, but half of


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Novel Coronovirus and Brain Health




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Brain Size



Another not-so-surprising study…

There always seems to be a new study promoting the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle hot off the press, and this week is no different. A new preliminary study from Columbia University in New York suggests that regular, high-intensity exercise is associated with larger brain volume. Generally, as people age, their brain begins to shrink, but this new research suggests that staying active may keep that from happening.

In a study of 1,557 people without dementia (but 296 had mild cognitive impairment) and an


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How do you detect invisible symptoms?



After a mild concussion, people generally start to feel like they are back to normal within 1-2 weeks. Symptoms start to resolve, and if being evaluated by a professional, patients will usually show a return to baseline scores on common tests such as SCAT and ImPACT within this window post-concussion. But is their brain really healed?

Unlike a broken bone where you can take an x-ray and see directly if the injury is healed, a head injury is assessed indirectly by measuring brain function. This is like assessing a broken


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Childhood Dog Exposure Linked to Reduced Risk of Schizophrenia



Getting a pet dog is often suggested to people who need extra motivation to exercise a little more. Having a dog will force you to go outside and go on walks that you might otherwise take, and that, in turn, can help improve your physical health.

But what about your mental health? Can pets have a significant effect on our mental well-being? Your first thought with that question may be along the lines of the companionship pets supply, maybe their role as a stress-reducer, particularly in those with mental health


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Intro to the Brain Gauge



The Brain Gauge: A revolutionary tool for assessing brain health.

Imagine a world where brain health could be measured in a manner as simply as taking your temperature. Check the reading, and you have your answer. Essentially a 1-2 minute task would give you an idea about the status of your brain health. You could immediately determine if that hit your child took to the head playing sports caused a concussion or see if the age of your parents was starting to have an effect on their brain function. Or


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Mushrooms, Alzheimer’s and Improving Brain Health Through Diet




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Measuring and Managing Stress and Anxiety



Everyone has some experience with stress. It could be acute stress from cramming for a test (or two) in high school, getting the jitters before a big race or game, or experiencing a traumatic event; or it could be a chronic dose of stress from your job, from the lack of having a job, taking care of a sick loved one, or being chronically sick yourself. Stress can come in all shapes and sizes, but do all of these scenarios affect our brains the same way? What exactly is going


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Weeding Through the Latest in Cannabinoid Research



"Marijuana", "pot", and "weed" are among a few of the street names used to refer to cannabis, a popular pyschoactive drug that is starting to become legalized for recreational use around the nation. While your parents might have warned you back in the day that "Sitting around smoking pot will turn your brain into mush!", there has never been any scientific data to prove any harmful or lasting neurological impact from cannabis use.

In fact, today, you might encounter someone who argues


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