March 2015

Huffington Post: Garlic slows ageing and protects the brain from disease, study reveals

It may be handy for killing vampires, but garlic can keep humans alive in more ways than one, researchers have found. They say a nutrient in garlic offers the brain protection against ageing and disease. It could even prevent age-related neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. (March 30, 2015) Read the full article here […]

Huffington Post: How Sex Boosts Brain Power And Memory, According To Science

As you get older one of the biggest things that go is your brain function. Your memory starts to fade, and you can’t remember things like you used to. It’s one of the scariest things about getting older because memory loss really erases a person’s identity. Well, good news people, a new study has found […]

Science AAAS: Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains

Stark and rising inequality plagues many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But inequality’s effects may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that family differences in income and education are directly correlated with brain size in developing children and adolescents. The findings […]

The Atlantic: For a More Creative Brain, Travel

Writers and thinkers have long felt the creative benefits of international travel. Ernest Hemingway, for example, drew inspiration for much of his work from his time in Spain and France. Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, moved from the U.K. to the U.S. in his 40s to branch out into screenwriting. Mark Twain, […]

Tech Times: Researchers Attempting To Cure Brain Cancer Using Polio

Polio is hardly associated with anything pleasant but in the case of brain cancer research scientists at Duke University are carrying out, the virus can be considered a savior. Matthias Gromeier, M.D. has been working on using the polio virus as a cure for brain cancer for 25 years, the last 15 of which he […]

Express: Dementia: Experts’ vital step in unravelling why disease takes hold

Researchers experimented on fruit flies to decode the mechanisms behind the development of frontotemporal dementia – one of the most common forms of early onset dementia, which typically starts in sufferers in their fifties. The disease affects the ability to use and understand language, as well as leading to personality changes and some loss of […]

Medical Xpress: New molecular clues about mysterious brain blood vessel disorder

Researchers have uncovered new details about the relationship between two proteins associated with the formation of cerebral cavernous malformations, a little understood neurovascular disorder. The study appears in The Journal of Cell Biology. Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM) are abnormal groups of small blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord that are thinner than normal […]

Medical Xpress: Alzheimer’s study on women at risk suggests functional decline relates to deteriorating brain wiring

In their latest brain imaging study on women at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, York University researchers have found deterioration in the pathways that serve to communicate signals between different brain regions needed for performing everyday activities such as driving a car or using a computer. “We observed a relationship between the levels of deterioration in […]

The Science Times: Focus of Alzheimer’s Research Should Be Shifted, Study Says

When studying the disease, two primary cause swere implicated, tau and amyloid beta. And for many years the focus of both diagnostics and research into Alzheimer’s has primarily focused on amyloid beta. The proper functioning of this protein is unknown, although some animal studies have linked it to a potential immune function or cholesterol regulation […]