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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (<i>Financial Times</i>) from the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. As the <i>Guardian</i> said, Walker explains “how a good night's shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier, and ward off cancer.”</b><BR><BR>With two appearances on <i>CBS This Morning </i>and <i>Fresh Air</i>'s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive.<BR> <BR> Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.<BR> <BR> In this “compelling and utterly convincing” (<i>The Sunday Times</i>) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.<BR> <BR> Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, <i>Why We Sleep</i> is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is “recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense” (<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience
by Michael S. Gazzaniga

Language

English

Pages

453

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<p>Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker.</p><p>In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, “the father of cognitive neuroscience,” was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now foundational split-brain brain theory: the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from one another and have different strengths.</p><p>In <em>Tales from Both Sides of the Brain</em>, Gazzaniga tells the impassioned story of his life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. By turns humorous and moving, <em>Tales from Both Sides of the Brain</em> interweaves Gazzaniga’s scientific achievements with his reflections on the challenges and thrills of working as a scientist. In his engaging and accessible style, he paints a vivid portrait not only of his discovery of split-brain theory, but also of his comrades in arms—the many patients, friends, and family who have accompanied him on this wild ride of intellectual discovery.</p>
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retol...
by Adam Rutherford

Language

English

Pages

420

Publication Date

September 25, 2017

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<DIV><B>National Book Critics Circle Award—2017 Nonfiction Finalist<BR /><BR /> “Nothing less than a tour de force—a heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling.”—<I><B>The New York Times Book Review</B></I><B>, Editor's Choice</B><BR /><BR /> A <I>National Geographic</I> Best Book of 2017</B><BR /><BR /> In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species—births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away—until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story—from 100,000 years ago to the present.</DIV>
The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, H...
by Jillian Michaels

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

December 18, 2018

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<b>Reverse the effects of aging and maintain optimal health for life through the revolutionary 6 Keys program by <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling author Jillian Michaels.</b><br /><br />With <i>Master Your Metabolism</i>, Jillian Michaels showed us how to take control of the metabolic machinery underneath our weight and health struggles. Now she's ahead of the curve again -- conquering the mayhem, myths, and misunderstandings associated with aging. After all, if you can decide your weight, why not your age?<br /><br />Scientists and doctors have identified six major age inciters:<div><div><ul><li>metabolism</li><li>damaged macromolecules</li><li>epigenetics</li><li>inflammation</li><li>stress adaptation</li><li>telomeres</li></ul></div><div><i>The 6 Keys</i> presents an ageless health, fitness, and beauty plan that addresses all six of them -- and gets them working for you instead of against you.</div><div><br /></div><div>Empowering and rigorously researched, <i>The 6 Keys</i> outlines powerful lifestyle interventions, dietary guidelines, exercise plans, and vanguard strategies for cultivating mindfulness that restore and protect human performance, keeping you fit, healthy, and beautiful for life.<br /><br /> </div></div>
Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life: How to Harness the Power ...
by , Michelle D. Seaton

Language

English

Pages

293

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p>An eye-opening handbook from a leading Ayurvedic physician that blends cutting-edge science on "clock genes" with ancient eastern wisdom to help us understand how to harness the power of chronobiology to effortlessly lose weight, sleep better, exercise stronger, reduce stress, and boost our wellbeing.</p><p>"It’s not you, it’s your schedule." Does it sound like magic? It’s not. We’ve all heard of circadian rhythms—those biological processes that give us jet lag and make us night owls or early birds. But few of us know just how profoundly these diurnal patterns affect our overall health.</p><p>Bad habits like skipping meals, squeezing in workouts when it’s convenient, working late into the night to maximize productivity and then trying to "catch up" on sleep during the weekend disrupt our natural cycles. A growing body of research on chronobiology reveals just how sensitive the human body is to these rhythms all the way down to the genetic level. Our "clock genes" control more than we realize, and small changes can make the difference between battling our bodies, and effortlessly managing weight, sleep, stress, inflammation, and more.</p><p>Marrying ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with the latest scientific research, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s holistic step-by-step 30-day plan gives you the tools—and the schedule—you need to transform your life. With diagnostic quizzes to determine your specific mind-body type, you will learn to adapt you schedule for effortless wellness for life.</p>
Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity
by , Duane V. Knudson

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English

Pages

475

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<DIV><P><I>Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fifth Edition With Web Study Guide,</I> gives students a complete overview of the field of kinesiology and explores the common career paths, questions, and ideas that are part of this dynamic and expanding discipline. This engaging, four-color introductory text stimulates curiosity about the vast field of kinesiology, provides a foundation for students to build on through further study, and generates awareness of the long-standing and current issues that kinesiology professionals seek to understand and solve. Editors Shirl J. Hoffman and Duane V. Knudson have retained the book's strong framework and have used feedback from instructors to streamline and condense the text while adding new and updated content. </P><P> The fifth edition features a completely revitalized web study guide that encourages students to apply classroom content to real-world activities and better prepare for exams. The web study guide integrates reading assignments with gradable activities so that instructors can better monitor student progress, test understanding of key concepts, and adjust classroom discussions and pace. </P><P> Additional updates to this new fifth edition include the following: </P><P> • Updates to data, research, and graphics to incorporate the most recent discoveries </P><P> • An increased focus on public health, allied health, and nutrition and wellness to reflect changes in this dynamic and growing field </P><P> • New Professional Issues in Kinesiology sidebars that look at the issues of equality, evidence-based practice, expertise, and overload as they relate to the field of kinesiology </P><P> • New Kinesiology Colleagues sidebars that introduce role models who demonstrate professional life in kinesiology and its related fields </P><P> The text features the three-section structure that has always been a strength of this leading introductory textbook. Part I examines the diversity of physical activity and kinesiology and summarizes the importance of knowledge gained through physical activity experiences. Part II delves into the seven major subdisciplines of kinesiology, with an overview of major historical events, research methods, professional work and application, and ideas for career advancement in each. Part III elaborates on professionalism and then examines five main areas for career opportunities. </P><P> The extensive and revitalized instructor ancillaries include an instructor guide, a test package, chapter quizzes, a presentation package, and an image bank that includes most art and tables from the text. </P><P><I>Introduction to Kinesiology</I> provides basic and essential information for students embarking on their study of kinesiology, and this updated fifth edition prepares them for future courses and further study. </P></DIV>
Heart: A History
by Sandeep Jauhar

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<p><b>The bestselling author of <i>Intern</i> and <i>Doctored</i> tells the story of the thing that makes us tick</b></p><p>For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in <i>Heart: A History</i>, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live.</p><p>Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. He introduces us to Daniel Hale Williams, the African American doctor who performed the world’s first open heart surgery in Gilded Age Chicago. We meet C. Walton Lillehei, who connected a patient’s circulatory system to a healthy donor’s, paving the way for the heart-lung machine. And we encounter Wilson Greatbatch, who saved millions by inventing the pacemaker—by accident. Jauhar deftly braids these tales of discovery, hubris, and sorrow with moving accounts of his family’s history of heart ailments and the patients he’s treated over many years. He also confronts the limits of medical technology, arguing that future progress will depend more on how we choose to live than on the devices we invent. Affecting, engaging, and beautifully written, <i>Heart: A History </i>takes the full measure of the only organ that can move itself.</p>
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander III M.D.

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English

Pages

209

Publication Date

October 23, 2012

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A SCIENTIST’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE<P> <P>Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. <P><P>A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the “soul” is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. <P><P>Then came the day when Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human— shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. <P><P>Alexander’s recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. <P><P>This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. <P><P>This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
The Gene: An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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English

Pages

609

Publication Date

May 17, 2016

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<b>The #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> Bestseller</b><BR> <b>A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book<BR> A <i>Washington Post</i> and <i>Seattle Times</i> Best Book of the Year</b><BR> <BR><b>From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i>—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick” (<i>Elle</i>).</b><BR><BR>“Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in <i>The Gene: An Intimate History</i>, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of <i>Paradise Lost</i>” (<i>The New York Times</i>). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.<BR> <BR>“Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories…[and] swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry” (<i>The Washington Post</i>). Throughout, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.<BR> <BR>“A fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future” (<i>Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel</i>), <i>The Gene</i> is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master. “<i>The Gene</i> is a book we all should read” (<i>USA TODAY</i>).
Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain P...
by , Christina Breda Antonia...

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 01, 2013

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<p>Based on cutting-edge science, <em>Boost Your</em> Brain is internationally recognized neurologist Majid Fotuhi's complete program for increasing brain size and enhancing brain function, including memory, creativity, comprehension, and concentration.</p><p>Our brains don't have to decline as we get older, argues Dr. Fotuhi. Depending on the things we do or neglect to do, we can actually get smarter and measurably improve our brain speed. In <em>Boost Your Brain</em>, the founder of the NeurExpand Brain Center and host of the PBS series <em>Fight Alzheimer’s Early</em> offers a three-month brain-optimization program—with noticeable results in just a few weeks.</p><p><em>Boost Your Brain </em>explores the very latest neuroscience research and offers actionable, authoritative advice on how readers of every age can experience the benefits of a bigger, better brain. Featuring more than two dozen black-and-white illustrations, <em>Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance</em> includes a foreword by Michael Roizen, M.D., coauthor of the bestselling YOU series and author of the Real Age books.</p>

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