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Study: People Who Exercise Have Larger Brains Later in Life

Study: People Who Exercise Have Larger Brains Later in Life | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Physical activity correlated with less brain shrinkage in old age. Mental activity did not.

PROBLEM: The brain is a muscle, says every teacher ever. Their point is figurative, but the brain is like a muscle in the sense that it normally loses size with age -- in some parts by as much as 25 percent.

METHODOLOGY: A long time ago, Scotland surveyed the intelligence of every Scottish child that had been born in 1936. More recently, 691 of those former children celebrated their 70th birthdays by filling out a survey about their social and intellectual pursuits and their levels of physical activity. Three years after that, they celebrated their 73rd birthdays by undergoing brain MRI scans at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The researchers assessed the brain images for physical signs of cognitive decline.
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Tackling Depression at Work as a Productivity Strategy

Tackling Depression at Work as a Productivity Strategy | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Depression tops the list of health-related productivity costs in the workplace. That was the finding in a medical study shortly after the economy tanked in the 2008 recession, and it’s no different now.

The annual cost of depression is estimated at $44 billion in lost productivity to American companies according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The accelerated pace of work due to expanding technology can feed stress and anxiety in the workplace, but depression is a different animal. It’s a clinical diagnosis “with specific criteria, which severely impact a person’s ability to function.” It can thwart an employees’ ability to concentrate, be effective and stay healthy enough to hold down a job.
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Beyond Asia - Strategies to Support the Quest for Growth - Ernst & Young

Beyond Asia - Strategies to Support the Quest for Growth - Ernst & Young | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Asian companies are on the move. Once viewed by Western multinationals primarily as a source of low-cost labor and manufacturing, Asian players are now international players in their own right. They are expanding into new markets for a variety of reasons.

 

As Asian companies grow, they are running into challenges that could slow or even block their expansion. These challenges — and the responses to them — are different for companies that operate only within Asia and those with significant operations in at least two markets outside the region.

 

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Tweeting About His Coworkers Cost This Guy His Job AND Unemployment Benefits

Tweeting About His Coworkers Cost This Guy His Job AND Unemployment Benefits | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Seriously, don't ever post negative things about your work online. Comptroller Stephen Burns was fired from his job at AO North America for tweeting that his work environment was "toxic" and that his co-workers were "morons," "dysfunctional," "psychotic," and "schizophrenic, according to court documents posted by Eric B. Meyer's Employer Handbook blog.

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