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Gayatri Devi, M.D.
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Gayatri Devi MD is a neurologist and the Director of the New York Memory Services. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Neurology as well as in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology. In her practice, she specializes in the early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders related to aging and menopause.

Dr. Devi has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international neurological and endocrine meetings on memory disorders of aging and menopause. She has discussed memory disorders in the media on outlets such as the BBC, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and Time. She is the author of "Estrogen, Memory and Menopause", “What your doctor may not tell you about Alzheimer’s Disease” (Time Warner Books; 2004) and "A Calm Brain" (Dutton Books, 2012).

She is the President of the not-for-profit National Council on Women's Health where she started a weekly, in school program to combat teen obesity, with over 1100 girls participating in New York inner-city middle and high schools. She is President of the American Medical Women's Association.

Entries by Gayatri Devi, M.D.

Thrive, Turn on Your "Buddha Nerve"

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 7:57 PM

Do you know you have your own internal, hard-wired Buddha Nerve, just waiting to be turned on?

The Buddha Nerve is built for precisely the kind of successful life that Arianna Huffington argues for in "Thrive."

Your Buddha Nerve, better known as the vagus,...

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The Brain on Dizzy

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Vertigo and Dizziness in Post Concussive Syndrome

Nellie is a 12-year-old girl hit by a sailboat boom a month ago. She did not pass out, but has persistent headaches, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Read more about her initial injury in "Anatomy of a Concussion" and then about the...

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The Interesting Case of LCD Screens and Post Concussive Headaches

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Nellie Develops Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS)

Nellie is a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a sailboat boom five days ago. She did not pass out, but has headaches, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Read more about her injury in the blog post "Anatomy of a Concussion."

Wednesday...

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The Anatomy of a Concussion

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 11:48 AM

A Perfect Day in the Bay

Nellie was out on the bay in a small sail boat with her two friends when WHAM! -- the boom of the sail swung out and struck her, jettisoning her into the water. She felt embarrassed more than hurt. The 12-year-old quickly clambered back...

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Your Diabolically Lazy Brain

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Your brain is pretty darn incredible. It grasps quantum physics and converts cow manure into biofuel with the same alacrity that it overeats, skips out on...

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How Do I Improve My Memory? Forget More!

(18) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Do you know what is essential for a good memory? The ability to forget. To completely and thoroughly forget. Forgetting, like breathing or sleeping, is physiologically...

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The Calm Brain: The Neurology of Stress and Calm or 'How to Relax without Drugs'

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Imagine driving your car using only the gas pedal, never the brake? To slow down, you'd ease up on the gas or tinker with the fuel injection. To improve performance, you'd mix in additives to the fuel. On the occasions you do use the brake, you forget to ease up...

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A Suicide by Any Other Name Is Still Suicide

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 10:54 AM

Mary* had terminal cancer that spread to her brain. She said, "I am done," as in "I am done. With life."

She said this to her family and to her hospice team, medical angels funded by the government to usher her into the world beyond.

Mary wanted to stop eating...

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How to Be a Better Patient

(14) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 7:28 AM

"I don't know what's going on with doctors!" Becky complained as she busily arranged the apples in her stall at my local farmer's market.

"Went to see mine, haven't had a good night's sleep in weeks, what with my legs moving around on me all night long... She gives...

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Dementia In Dogs And Cats: The Story Of Max And Wolfie

(100) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 6:42 AM

Do you find your dog wandering around like she is lost? Is she no longer excited to see you when you get home? Does she keep you up at nights with her pacing and barking? Has your cat lost interest in playing with his toys? Does he get stuck between...

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12 Strategies to Boost Brain Health (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 8:00 AM

One of three Americans over age 80 develops Alzheimer's disease. Patients and families often ask me what can be done to keep the brain healthy. I have come up with a list of what I consider important in maintaining brain health. While this list is more pertinent to an older...

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Sleepless In Seattle? The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 8:07 AM

Only in the movies would you end up with Meg Ryan if you truly are Sleepless in Seattle. Never mind that you are Tom Hanks.

In real life, Tom never gets to make out with Meg because he is sleep deprived.
As a chronic insomniac, Tom would...

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This Is Your Brain on Drugs: The Effect of Sleeping Pills

(63) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 7:58 AM

Okay, here's a little quiz for you. Recognize any of these names?
  • Diazepam.
  • Clonazepam.
  • Lorazepam.
  • Alprazolam.
  • Temazepam.
I thought not. How about these?
  • Valium aka diazepam.
  • Klonipin aka clonazepam.
  • Ativan aka lorazepam.
  • Xanax aka alprazolam.
  • Restoril aka temazepam.

Ah! I thought so. These brand names are so...

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Is Heart Disease The Number 1 Killer In The US? On The Semantics Of Death

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:15 PM

How do we get those statistics on causes of death in the US? How do we know that heart disease is the number one killer in the US? Here is a real story from the front lines of where the statistics come from. (Names changed to protect identities).

Ben died...

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How To Sleep Like A Baby And Wake Up Smiling

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 3:12 PM

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Lions spend 15 hours a day doing it. And humans should be doing a lot more of it. Sleep, that is.

Yet more and more people are having trouble sleeping and at younger ages. Nearly 40 percent of...

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How Sleep Improves Memory And Cultivates Genius

(16) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 8:21 AM

Do you want to do better in your classes and come up with clever solutions to common problems? Would you like to be calmer when someone crosses the line? Can you do this in the privacy of your own home? For free? Yes, you can. After tinkering with our brains...

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