June 2015

Innovation and the Brain

Innovation and the Brain Innovative ideas are created out of pieces of seemingly random data, recombined in such a novel way that the whole that was compromised of the pieces does not even look the same. There are infinite possibilities of how information can be connected in new ways to innovate. There is not a […]

U.S. News & World Report: A healthy body often equals a healthy brain

People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that’s something many people tend to overlook, experts say. Healthy living tips make up […]

Today: Why do we crave the sweetest milkshakes? Science points to your brain

You’re not alone. Americans suffer from serious sugar cravings, with most people consuming 22 teaspoons a day — about three times as much as the American Heart Association recommends. “Most foods in nature that are sweet are not toxic. Most toxins from nature are bitter. And the very food, the first food that animals, mammals […]

Medical Xpress: Why does the teen brain value reward over risk?

Why does the promise of a reward—basically any kind of fun—cause teens to hurl caution into the wind? Contemporary scientific theory suggests that teenagers are risk takers because they crave the feel-good rush of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. That theory, however, has been based on a long […]

News Medical: New stroke treatment guidelines recommend use of stent retrievers as first-line treatment for eligible patients

Today, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) published new stroke treatment guidelines that recommend the use of stent retriever technology. The guidelines are based on a panel of experts’ analysis of the results from five global clinical trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that found the addition of stent retriever […]

Health: School coaches often ill-equipped to spot concussions

Without solid concussion training, coaches may mishandle a student’s head injury, experts said. “High school coaches are the primary responders on the field when head injuries occur, and every state now has some sort of mandate when it comes to the handling of student athlete concussions, which is great,” said Meredith Madden, a resident in […]

Medical Xpress: Small RNAs found to play important roles in memory formation

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that a type of genetic material called “microRNA” plays surprisingly different roles in the formation of memory in animal models. In some cases, these RNAs increase memory, while others decrease it. Unlike some types of RNA, microRNAs (miRNAs) do not code for […]

Alzheimer’s News Today: Researchers reveal brain network alterations in patients with dementia

Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom recently revealed their findings on alterations in the brain network of patients with disorders linked to dementia, namely dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Alzheimer’s disease. DLB is a common type of progressive dementia that is characterized by a cognitive decline, changes in alertness and attention, visual […]

Brain Blogger: The causes of Alzheimer’s disease – An overview

Dementia is characterized by a progressive and debilitating decline in cognition, function and behavior. Its numbers are staggering: according to the World Health Organization, the total number of people with dementia worldwide in 2010 was estimated at 35.6 million and predicted to nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million […]