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Dr. Amen’s Updates on Brain Health and Current Events


4 Things Your Kids Should Never Do Before Bed

Is bedtime a nightly struggle for you and your family? It is no secret that sleep is essential to brain-health. But, poor sleep does more than just make your children tired the next day- it can negatively affect their developing brains and have damaging effects

09/06/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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1 – 2 Punch to Beat Depression

Inside the brain, an area known as the limbic system is vastly involved with some of the most fundamental processes of being human, including, motivation, learning, bonding, storing memories, sleep/wake cycles, libido—and emotion. Through our SPECT imaging work, we have found that when the deep

02/16/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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Learn What More Than 2 Million Other People Already Know!

In September 2013, I had the opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk, revealing the single most important lesson I learned after studying 83,000 brain scans over the previous 22 years. Since then, the video of the talk has been viewed more than 2 million times!

02/09/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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Brain Warriors Tackle Football… And Discover an Incredible Truth

On September 24, 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported that some of the powerhouse high school football programs in Southern California were having trouble fielding teams.[i] Mater Dei’s freshman team dropped 30%, Loyola had the fewest number of freshman players in 2 decades, and significant

02/02/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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One Secret to Keeping Your Brain Young

  Older adults who learn a new, mentally demanding skill can improve their cognitive function, according to research done at the University of Texas at Dallas and recently reported in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. In this study, participants were randomly assigned to one of three

01/25/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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7 Warning Signs Your Brain May Be in Trouble

  Poor Memory If your memory was worse than it was ten years ago, it is a sign your brain is struggling. Poor judgment/impulsiveness If you struggle with consistent problems of poor judgment or impulsive behavior, your brain may be troubled. Short attention span/distractibility Having

01/21/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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Take Care Of Your “Other” Brain So It Can Take Care Of You

The gut is often called the second brain. It is loaded with nervous tissue and is in direct communication with our big brain, which is why we get butterflies when we get excited, or have loose bowels when upset. Anxiety, depression, stress, and grief all

01/19/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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8 Components of Effective Discipline

It’s important to distinguish between punishment and discipline.  Punishment means to inflict a penalty for wrongdoing.  Discipline, from the root disciple, means to teach or train.  It’s critical that we use discipline to teach children how to be good, rather than inflict punishment when they’re

01/18/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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Kelly Gibbons

Amen Clinics Feature – Mental Health Issues Are Real

From Dr. Amen: When my patient Kelly, 24, showed me the blog she posted on Facebook I was so moved by it that I asked if we could share it with our community. It is reprinted with her permission. Amen Clinics Feature: Mental Health Issues

01/11/2016 By Daniel G. Amen, MD

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