Recent studies how to recover from a concussion and meditation can improve your brain.
First in health, if you suffer a concussion, taking a break from everyday life may be the best road to recovery.
Researchers ordered nearly 50 high-school and college-age patients to rest for a full week.
They could not go to school or work, talk on the phone, exercise, watch TV, socialize or work at a computer. All had concussion-related symps such as headaches and trouble concentrating; and all saw improvement in their physical and memory retention after the week of rest. The team notes they did not compare participant’s improvement to others who got no special rest period or rested less than prescribed.
Further research is needed to determine the benefits to anyone suffering a concussion.
Findings appear in the journal “Pediatrics.”
Also, getting a few hours of meditation training, may change your brain for the better.
Researchers randomly assigned 68 undergrad students to either a meditation or a relaxation-training group.
None of the students had any previous meditation training.
They used imaging technology to measure changes in the brain.
In addition, discovered people developed changes in the white matter of their brain after learning the “Mindfulness Meditation” method.
This form of practice involves periods of intense focus and concentration.
Study authors note these physical changes suggest short-term meditation can improve self-control, mood, stress and immunity response in people.
But further research is needed to confirm their results.
Their findings appear in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.