October 2014

Science 2.0: Aging Brains Aren’t Necessarily Declining Brains

For years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer memory and greater distractibility. Physical measures of brain structure also showed atrophy, or loss of volume, in many regions with age. […]

ABC: Chemical in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power

A chemical found in chocolate may improve brain function, according to a small new study released today by doctors at Columbia University.T heir research was partially funded by candy-maker Mars, Inc., and additionally supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. In the study, the doctors looked at […]

StarTribune: Mayo Scores Major Dementia Grants

After more than a decade of work on what’s been called “the most common disease no one has ever heard of” — frontotemporal dementia — Mayo Clinic has been chosen to participate in a set of federal research projects that could help unlock a broad set of related brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. The grants, […]

WBUR: The Bionic Mind: Building Brain Implants To Fight Depression, PTSD

As part of a $70-million project funded by the military, researchers are aiming to take brain implants for psychiatric disorders to the next level. Over the next five years, they aim to build a device that can sit inside a patient’s head, pick up the onset of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, and head it […]

News Medical: Family Therapy Useful in Bipolar Disorder

Psychoeducational family intervention (PFI) improves social functioning in patients with bipolar I disorder and reduces burden among close relatives, Italian study data show. If the findings are replicated in other studies, “psychoeducation should become an integral part of the therapeutic armamentarium of every mental health professional”, say Andrea Fiorillo (University of Naples SUN) and co-authors […]

News Medical: Study Opens Door to New Treatments for Brain Diseases

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that a very small single domain antibody called FC5 has proven able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which opens the door to new treatments for brain diseases. Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new report published in the […]

Slate: Why Do Zombies Lumber?

In the movie Dawn of the Dead (1978) there is a scene when anarchist outlaws break into the mall that the movie’s heroes had secured and lived in for weeks. This invasion subsequently allows the horde of zombies—which had been aggregating outside—free range of the place. The humans are zipping around playing games while the zombies lumber […]

Boost Your Brainpower

Boost Your Brainpower: Instead of multitasking, perform tasks sequentially and remember the Brainpower of One – focus on one task at a time, even if only short segments of time.

Johns Hopkins Newsletter: The Brain Wave: Research Shows Insight Into Learning and Memory

Learning and memory comprise a fundamental part of our lives, allowing us to keep up with changes in the environment and acquire new information about the world. It is well established that a brain region known as the hippocampus is important for such abilities. However, the mechanism governing hippocampal-dependent cognitive function remains elusive. Recently published […]

Fox 28: Treating Concussions: Columbus Eye Doctor Finds Unique Method to Help Patients

A Columbus eye doctor has a unique way of treating concussion patients, and some of those patients say it’s changed their lives for the better. Dr. Steven Curtis, of River Eye Associates, helps patients relearn how to process visual information. “The middle part of their brain has lost the ability to integrate the visual information […]