December 29, 2012

From Attentive to Contemplative

1 Our Brains Go Into "Idle" Mode When We Blink

Researchers at Japan's Osaka University have found out why people typically blink far more often than is needed to lubricate our eyes: Our brains take that brief moment to power down the neural regions that focus our attention, and shift into a kind of "idle" mode where the regions associated with contemplation, planning, recollection and imagining become active. These moments of mental downtime are individually so brief that we aren't consciously aware of them, but each blink deactivates our attention for a fraction of a second, and this routinely happens from 15 to 20 times per minute, meaning we spend about ten percent of our waking hours in a state of neurological recess. Researchers say that our brains seem to take these "offline" breaks deliberately, albeit unconsciously.

More at Latimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Meditation Leads to Brain Health

Tags: Default Mode Network, Blinking, Why We Blink, Brain Downtime, Osaka University, Brain Idling, Neurology of Blinking

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Norovirus Suspected

2 Queen Mary 2 Passengers Vomiting

Vomiting and diarrhea have broken out aboard the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2, reports NBC News. So far, 195 passengers and 11 crew members have been sickened by the unknown illness. Norovirus is suspected as the cause of the symptoms. Norovirus may be spread by contaminated food or water, contaminated surfaces, or by infected people. The Queen Mary 2, a transatlantic ocean liner, has 1,255 crew members and 2,613 passengers. The ship is due to arrive back in New York on Thursday.

More at NBC News | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hundreds of Cruise Passengers Had Norovirus

Tags: Norovirus on Cruises, Norovirus Risks, Norovirus Symptoms, Queen Mary 2 Illness Outbreak

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San Jose, San Francisco Next Up

3 Boise Named Most Healthy City for Men

Boise, Idaho is the most healthy city for men, says Men's Health. The average commute in Boise is only 18 minutes, allowing more time for sleep and exercise. Boise also contains more than 220 miles of on-street bike lanes, reports MSNBC. Another top city for men is San Jose, California, which has the lowest rate of heart disease deaths. San Francisco came in third with the lowest obesity rate, while Plano, Texas was named for driving safety. Finally, Seattle, Washington came in fifth for its love of coffee, which can reduce risk of colorectal cancer. Worst cities for men's health include Tulsa, Oklahoma and Detroit, Michigan.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Boise Idaho Commutes, Most Healthy City Men, Best Commutes, Most Healthy Cities America, San Jose Healthy, San Francisco Healthy

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