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Quadriplegic Man Controls Robotic Arm With His Mind

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This story gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase, "mind over matter", as well as new hope to the disabled population all over the world!

Tim Hemmes became the first man EVER to control a robotic arm with his mind this month, years after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

In a 30-day clinical trial of a program called "Revolutionizing Prosthetics", Tim had electrodes inserted into his brain that allowed him to control a robotic arm.

It wasn't an easy process, but by the end of it, he was able to give the scientists responsible for this breakthrough a high-five and even hold his girlfriends hand for the first time since since his accident.

"It wasn't my arm. It was something hydraulic and plastic and metal, but I put it there," he says of the triumph. "It was something very personal and something that I'll take with me for the rest of my life, ’cause I just reached out and grabbed somebody after seven years."

So touching! Check out the video above to hear the rest of Tim's inspiring story and to catch a glimpse of what the future may hold for all spinal chord patients!

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Sex Can Make You Lose Your Mind!

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Literally!

People in their 50s and 60s have reported experiencing short bouts of amnesia after having hot, sweaty sex!

We added the "hot, sweaty" part in for effect, it could have been cold, awkward, and disappointing, but still — that's crazy!

The Journal of Emergency Medicine told the story of a 54-year-old woman who began experiencing an episode of temporary global amnesia an hour after having sex.

She arrived at Georgetown University Hospital with her husband, unable to remember the past 24 hours, but all symptoms had cleared by the time she left the emergency room.

The condition is so rare, affecting only about 3 to 5 people per 100,000 each year, that doctors aren't exactly sure how or why it happens.

The best "guess" is that the amnesia is triggered by raising the pressure inside the abdomens, called a valsalva maneuver, during a strenuous physical activity. Sources explain further, writing:

"The increased pressure increases the resistance to blood flowing down the jugular veins, and insufficient valves may allow deoxygenated blood to push back up the neck. Oxygen-poor blood then "piles up" in the veins draining the brain, especially in central brain regions that are key to memory formation. The result could be transient amnesia."

Apparently, this bad reaction has only ever been reported to occur in patients once during their lifetime.

In 1964, a man's memory was instantly wiped from his mind the moment he orgasmed, which as you can imagine, must have been pretty frightening for his partner.

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Meditation Slows Aging

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Meditation Slows Aging

There are a number of reasons you should meditate (it increases calmness of mind and well-being), but a recent study found that people who mediate age less quickly than those who don’t.

Scientists say that the calming and anti-stress aspects of meditation are what help keep people who meditate young.

"You pay attention to your own breath," explains Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist who studies the effects of meditation at Massachusetts general hospital in Boston. "If your mind wanders, you don't get discouraged, you notice the thought and think, 'OK'."

Meditating ISN’T hard — it just takes some self-discipline to get started! What you wating for?!!

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Jeremy Piven Works Out His Body, Mind, And Spirit This Week

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Jeremy Piven running and yoga

Now we know why the 45-year-old Entourage star, Jeremy Piven, looks half his age.

It looks like his secret is a combo of a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

The actor was spotted running with his trainer on the beach in Malibu this past Saturday, then leaving a Yoga class in El Lay on Tuesday.

Piven keeps himself hydrated too! He was grasping not one, not two, but THREE beverages while loading his yoga mat into the trunk of his ride.

He probably needed an extra boost after getting his butt beat by his trainer on Saturday.

Ha! Check out more pics of one of Hollywood's fittest stars below to see what we're talking about.

It looks like Jeremy couldn't quite keep up as much as he would have liked to.

We're just messin', we'll be lucky if we look half as good as this guy does when we reach his age!

[Image via Ramey Pix.]

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