August 2015

Bipolar Disorder and Genetics

Bipolar Disorder and Genetics Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. Some research has suggested that people with certain genes are more likely to develop bipolar disorder than others. Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are much more likely to develop the illness, compared with children who do not have a […]

NPR: If fish is brain food, can fish oil pills boost brains, too?

As a culture, we tend to ignore the advice to eat more fish. On average, Americans eat about 3.5 ounces of seafood per week. (Think a can of tuna or sardines). But evidence shows that consumption of 8 or more ounces of seafood per week can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and […]

Cleveland Clinic: 10 signs your child’s concussion is serious – and what to do

If your child suffers a concussion, whether while playing sports or from a fall or other accident, keep a close watch for symptoms of more severe brain trauma. “Parents should be concerned about a series of things we call red-flag issues,” says neurologist Andrew Russman, DO. (August 31, 2015) Read the full article here

Health Canal: Goth teens could be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm

Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The findings show that teenagers who identified very strongly with being a goth at age 15 were three […]

Brain Blogger: Mapping the brain – just how hard is it?

Some say it’s the most complex object in the universe, but just how difficult is it going to be to finally understand how the human brain works? If we take a purely anatomical view, the numbers become a little daunting. The brain is made up of maybe a hundred billion neurons, 100 trillion connections (synapses), […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as “winter depression,” is one type of depression. SAD is believed to be influenced by the changing patterns of light and darkness that occur with the approach of winter. Circadian rhythms are regulated by the body’s internal clock and by exposure to sunshine. When the days […]