July 2015

CNN: OCD? Laser surgery could provide relief

For extremely ill patients — those who have not responded to medications or therapy — laser surgery that targets and literally burns away the affected areas of the brain may help relieve their symptoms. Currently, the procedure is only FDA-approved to treat people with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, a condition imaging studies have shown to be […]

New Scientist: Universal plaque-busting drug could treat various brain diseases

A virus found in sewage has spawned a drug that targets plaques implicated in a host of brain-crippling conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).Results from tests of the drug, announced this week, show that it breaks up plaques in mice affected with the equivalent of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, and improves their memories and […]

ADHD

ADHD There are three different types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: It is hard for the individual to organize or finish a task, to pay attention to details, or to follow instructions or conversations. The person is easily distracted or forgets details of daily routines. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: The person fidgets and […]

Avoid Brain Drain in the Workplace

Avoid Brain Drain in the Workplace Say no to the status quo. Instead of doing things the same way at work, mix it up and try a new approach. Everyone has the potential to break new ground and be more inventive at any age. The payoff is a healthier brain —and more creative solutions.

Youth Health: Why do people get angry when hungry?

If you are one of those who get angry when hungry, don’t worry, you are perfectly normal. In fact, there is a scientific explanation for it. According to IFL Science, being angry is actually a sign of survival created by the brain, perhaps to tell you that you do really need to eat. It might […]

Medical Xpress: Perceive this: The human brain controls alpha-band oscillation phase to effect temporal predictions

Standard models of perception are stimulus-driven, meaning that the external perceptual event drives the brain’s perception-related activity. However, the tide may be turning: recent ideas suggest that our perceptual experiences and visually guided behaviors are influenced by top-down processes in the brain – specifically, the brain’s predictions about the external world. (July 22, 2015) Read the […]

Health Canal: Biomarkers in blood shown to be highly selective indicators of brain damage caused by traumatic brain injury

Researchers have shown that the levels of two proteins present in blood and cerebrospinal fluid increase significantly at different time points following traumatic brain injury (TBI), confirming their potential value as biomarkers of trauma-related brain damage. The researchers linked the changes in circulating UCH-L1 and GFAP proteins in rats to brain tissue damage and neuronal […]

BBC News: Early signs that drug ‘may delay Alzheimer’s decline’

Data from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly suggests its solanezumab drug can cut the rate of the dementia’s progression by about a third. The results, presented to a US conference, are being met with cautious optimism. A new trial is due to report next year and should provide definitive evidence. (July 22, 2015) Read the full […]