Middle age is a fine time to start maximizing the health of your brain says Aileen Burford-Mason, a 74-year old Toronto-based scientist who still works 24/7 as an author, practicing orthomolecular nutritionist and medical education teacher. However, she says, in utero is an even better time to begin. "But at no stage should we throw up our hands and say we can't beneficially interfere with how the brain works."
Learning a new language changes your brain, both structurally and functionally, no matter the age of the learner, say Penn State researchers. "Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain," said neuroscientist Ping Li. "A very interesting finding is that, contrary to previous studies, the brain is much more plastic than we thought," said Li, about the study published recently in the journal Cortex.
Show some respect for the lowly spud. An extract of Irish potatoes reduces weight gain to such a surprising extent that McGill University scientists repeated the study to make sure the results were accurate. The extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates. The study was done on mice but humans and mice metabolize foods in similar ways. Clinical trials are planned to validate beneficial effects in humans.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".