July 2015

Headlines & Global News: Blood pressure swings may raise risk of heart attack, stroke or fatal heart disease

A team of researchers studied the association between blood pressure swings and heart disease. The study, published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved analyzing blood pressure readings from 25,814 participants who went through the Anti-hypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT). (July 29, 2015) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Anxiety, depression may be triggered by stress-induced changes to gut bacteria

Increasingly, researchers are investigating how gut bacteria impact health. In November 2014, for example, Medical News Today reported on a study revealing how gut bacteria influence weight, while another study associated gut bacteria with Parkinson’s disease. According to senior study author Premysl Bercik, associate professor of medicine at the Michael G. DeGrotte School of Medicine […]

Popular Science: Can we predict PTSD with saliva?

Sisi Ma, a research scientist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, presented her work trying to do just that at the Leveraging Big Data and Predictive Knowledge to Fight Disease conference at the New York Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. Their goal was to identify markers that could tell doctors which of their patients […]

Brain Blogger: Novel breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease treatment

Around 7 million people around the world are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year. This is a progressively degenerative disease that has no cure. There have been, however, a number of very encouraging findings published in the last few weeks, some of which are briefly reviewed in this article. (July 29, 2015) Read the full […]

Avoid Brain Drain in the Workplace

Avoid Brain Drain in the Workplace Rest your brain and then reboot. Quieting your mind a few times each day for just five minutes can help improve your decision-making, problem-solving and productivity. So disengage briefly to free your mind for its next aha moment. Source: Success

Medical Xpress: Practice doesn’t always make perfect (depending on your brain)

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of […]

Neurology Advisor: Women vulnerable to loss of cognition, brain volume after general anesthesia

Older women are more likely to experience a decrease in cognitive function and brain volume following surgery with general anesthesia than men, according to a study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). Researchers who analyzed data from older adults in the United States found faster declines in cognitive function and brain volume for […]

BBC Sport: Rugby study points to link between concussion and brain function

A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project’s lead researcher said. The research, funded by World Rugby over 29 months, took in 485 men and compared amateur and professional players with matched control groups. (July 28, 2015) Read the full article here