I’m a big believer in continuous self-improvement and hence I read a lot of articles like You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximise your cognitive potential which appeared in Scientific American yesterday. This is a great one. It’s reasonably accessible whilst also containing enough science to be convincing, and I love that scientists [...]
I try hard to get 7.5-8 hours sleep every night. I’ve been doing that for the 2-3 years since I read Kurzweil’s Transcend and various other books and articles which stressed the benefits of getting enough sleep and the dangers of not. I’ve just now finished watching Russell Foster’s Ted talk Why do we sleep? which [...]
A study by the Texas Tech University has found that five hours of mediation training over two weeks leads to increased activity in the areas of the brain associated with self control:
The researchers also conducted brain scans of participants before and after the training regiments, finding that at resting state, participants in the [...]
Samsung are rumoured to be announcing their Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4th and Apple is widely expected to release an iWatch within the next year.
So smart watches are hot.
But will they fly as mainstream devices?
To my mind that’s an open question.
The Galaxy Gear sounds great. It’s likely to be [...]
This TEDx video from Daniel Amen gives a great explanation of how to take care of your brain. He has taken over 63,000 brain scans over the last 20 years and has found that the brain scans of people with bad habits are all gnarly and horrible. A gnarly scans mean a physically [...]
UPDATE: Now with title…
I’m sitting at home now recovering from a knee operation I had yesterday. I had my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructed and a tear in the meniscus repaired with a couple of stitches. The ACL is a ligament that runs from the front to the back of the knee and [...]
Six months ago my achilles were trashed. The combination of low level pain and fear of making them worse meant that riding my bike or running were both out, and I could only walk at a snail’s pace – maybe 25% of my normal walking speed. I was having to get taxis everywhere (which [...]
This is one of my occasional health related posts.
The next area of focus for me as I seek to slow the process of ageing is the brain. Physical fitness is a pre-condition for mental longevity, so I was right to start there, but the statistics (such as they are) on the physical decline [...]
Cellscope sell a microscope that connects to your smartphone and can be used to diagnose ear infections and they just announced a $1m funding round from Khosla Ventures. This is an example of a sensor connected to a smartphone being used to provide a healthcare service. Their idea is that parents will email [...]
In January 2010 when I started getting serious about my health and staying young for longer losing weight was easily the most important objective. As you can almost see from the chart below at that point my weight was 77.8kg and 24.6% of that was fat (rather than muscle or bone).
I started recording [...]