July 2014

NICHD: Training Can Improve Learning For Adolescents With Traumatic Brain Injury

A new therapy promises to shorten the recovery time for young people who have suffered a brain injury. Such injuries have a number of causes, but commonly occur after a blow to the head or even after an object pierces the skull and damages brain tissue. Young people with a traumatic brain injury often recover […]

Laboratory Equipment: Brain Study Reveals Social Origin Of Intelligence

By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling – and beginning to answer – longstanding questions about how the brain works. The researchers found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning are also vital to general and emotional intelligence. This […]

TIME: Depression Is A Risk Factor For Dementia, New Research Says

The link between depression and dementia is puzzling for researchers. Many studies have noticed a correlation between the two diseases and a 2013 review of 23 studies of about 50,000 older men and women reported that older adults suffering from depression were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and 65% more likely to […]

Medwire News: Depressive Bipolar Patients Have Highest Post-Discharge Suicide Risk

Patients hospitalized with bipolar disorder are at the greatest risk of suicide immediately after discharge, and the rate at which the risk declines depends on the illness phase, Finnish researchers report. Erkki Isomets√§ and colleagues from the University of Helsinki found that patients hospitalized with depressive episodes had the highest suicide risk immediately after discharge, […]

The Daily Beast: Researchers Have Created A New Blood Test To Predict Risk Of Suicide

With suicide, there’s often talk of “warning signs.” But a new genetic discovery could be the key to creating a blood test that could, for the first time, use DNA to determine a person’s risk of suicide. The research, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, comes from a group of Johns Hopkins University doctors […]

L.A. Times: Your Brain Is Your Joystick In Neurogaming

Lat Ware pauses to straighten his jacket and organize his chaotic mind. For Ware, who has attention deficit disorder, standing in the halls of a gaming conference as people rush by can feel like being in a hurricane of humanity. He takes a deep breath before he steps up to a passerby to pose the […]