Brain Awareness Week 2013 at Highlight HEALTH

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This week is Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a worldwide week-long celebration of the brain. BAW was founded and is coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain. Every year in March, BAW focuses on increasing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.


This is our third year partnering with the BAW campaign here at Highlight HEALTH. This week, we’ve already posted a video describing a radical new way to test for Parkinson’s disease over the phone and a story on new brain mapping research that suggests that the predisposition to hear voices may relate to abnormal functioning of the resting brain. You can read more BAW articles from Highlight HEALTH using the links below:

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Every day this week we’re running stories and posting videos on brain research. To further excite and educate people about the brain and brain research, we’re crossing the digital divide and giving away a number of pamphlets about the brain to readers. Simply subscribe to weekly updates from Highlight HEALTH and then email us at with your name and mailing address and we will send you the following items in the mail:

Q and A

Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research

This pamphlet provides answers to commonly asked questions about the brain and its disorders. Discover how research is advancing our understanding of the brain in health and disease.

Staying Sharp Booklet: Memory and Aging

Staying Sharp Booklet: Memory and Aging

Moments of forgetfulness happen to everyone, even the young. But as we get older, they may leave us wondering if we’re losing our mental edge.

Staying Sharp Booklet: Learning as We Age

Staying Sharp Booklet: Learning as We Age

According to the latest brain research, actively engaging our brains in learning throughout life can have a significant impact on how well our brains age. Find out what neuroscience has revealed about lifelong learning.

Staying Sharp Booklet: Late-Life Brain Disorders

Staying Sharp Booklet: Late-Life Brain Disorders

Is there anyone who doesn’t desire to live life to the fullest every day, no matter their age? Learn about a few of the most common and most debilitating late-life brain disorders: dementia, depression, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain.

Mindboggling Workbook

The Mindboggling Workbook

A fun-filled activity book about the brain for children in grades K-3 (ages 5-9). The Mindboggling Workbook provides an introduction to how the brain works, what the brain does, its importance and how to take care of it.

More Mindbogglers

More Mindbogglers!

More Mindbogglers! takes a closer look at learning and memory, the senses, drug addiction and how the brain and nervous system work in a fun format.

Brain Connections: Your Source Guide to Information on Brain Diseases and Disorders

Brain Connections: Your Source Guide to Information on Brain Diseases and Disorders

A source guide that lists more than 240 organizations in the United States likely to help those looking for information, referrals, and other guidance in connection with brain-related disorders. Listings provide mailing addresses, toll-free numbers, email and website addresses, and identify the primary services each organization provides.

Email us at the address above and join in this year’s Brain Awareness Week celebration.

About the Author

Walter Jessen, Ph.D. is a Data Scientist, Digital Biologist, and Knowledge Engineer. His primary focus is to build and support expert systems, including AI (artificial intelligence) and user-generated platforms, and to identify and develop methods to capture, organize, integrate, and make accessible company knowledge. His research interests include disease biology modeling and biomarker identification. He is also a Principal at Highlight Health Media, which publishes Highlight HEALTH, and lead writer at Highlight HEALTH.