November 2014

Medical Xpress: How Various Brain Areas Interact in Decisions

Our decisions can be pictured in the brain. Scientists at the University of Zurich were able to show in a recent study which areas are most active in decision-making. Often the so-called prefrontal cortex not only apparently shows increased activity during decisions that require self-control, but in general during decision-making. The results could be of […]

Newswise: Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes. The complete findings were released today in the Journal of Neurotrauma. This new study builds on previous research […]

Big Think: Permanent Stress Inflames the Brain, Increasing Risk of Mental Disorders

Serious, long-term stress can have dire consequences for your brain. That’s because the immune system and the brain are intimately related, say researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Long thought to operate separately, the microglia cells that act as the main immune defense in the central nervous system also comprise ten to fifteen percent […]

KOMO News: New Take on Learning Disabilities: Change the Brain

A new school in Redmond might change the way we think about learning disabilities. Instead of teaching kids how to accommodate a difficulty, the school hopes to actually change the brains of students, eliminating the disability altogether. Daily class work at the Eaton Arrowsmith Academy is like nothing you’ve seen before. Students rotate through exercises like tracing […]

Newsmax Health: Brain Training in Elderly Boosts Concentration: Study

The aging brain is more susceptible to distractions, but new research says it’s possible to diminish distractibility by learning to single out a sound amidst distracting stimuli. The researchers, from the University of California in San Francisco, also outline that their findings could be applied to techniques for working with children with attention deficit disorder. […]

Live Science: From Birth to Death, Diet Affects the Brain’s Health

Sound body, sound mind, the saying goes. Now, scientists have found support for this adage in researching showing that poor diets may adversely affect mental health in all stages of life, from fetal development through old age. Studies find that the typical, modern Western diet, when consumed by the mother, may hinder the development of […]

WKRC: Studying Effects of Concussions on Teen Drivers

The number of teens who have suffered concussions in the tri-state skyrocketed over the past two years. The dramatic increase raises a new danger on the roads. Several studies are underway to determine how soon teen athletes who suffer concussions can get back to playing their sports. But there’s a far more dangerous question for […]

BBC News: Brain’s Dementia Weak Spot Identified

The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, according to UK scientists who have pinpointed the region using scans. The brain area involved develops late in adolescence and degenerates early during ageing. At the moment, it is difficult for doctors to predict which people might develop either condition. The findings, in the […]

Medical Xpress: Football Players Found to Have Brain Damage From Mild ‘Unreported’ Concussions

A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following “unreported” trauma or mild concussions. Published in the current issue of JAMA Neurology, this study could improve decision making on when an athlete should “return to play.” According to […]