September 2015

Health Canal: Uncovering the secrets of the adolescent brain

Social and medical scientists will conduct a 10-year study of how young brains develop and grow. A cross-disciplinary team of University of California, San Diego social and medical scientists will lead an ambitious, longitudinal national study to probe the mysteries of the adolescent brain. (September 29, 2015) Read the full article here

Latinos Health: Diabetes, stroke risk increased by sugary drinks: study

Downing 1 to 2 cans or bottles of sugary drinks with high-fructose content such as soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks and more may increase risk for stroke and diabetes, and may lead to weight gain, a new study revealed. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology focuses on how […]

Forbes: Are there different types of Alzheimer’s disease?

A study last year that made headlines reported more than 99% of all Alzheimer’s drugs have flopped in the past decade, and only one new medicine to mediate symptoms of the disease has been approved since 2004. The problem is, scientists still don’t know what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease, though a protein called amyloid beta […]

Washington Post: Can we ‘realign’ the brain to cure addiction?

Addicted brains are simply doing what nature meant them to do, he says — maximizing pleasure — and we can “realign” them to find another way to do that. The seemingly far-fetched analogy to separated fingers, he says, actually understates what might be possible for treating addiction, since the region of the brain responsible for […]

Brain Blogger: Music and epilepsy, part 1 – music as a trigger

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition affecting around 1% of the world’s population. It is characterized by the recurrent occurrence of seizures, which are disturbances of the electrical activity in the brain. The type and frequency of seizures vary widely and affect different people in different ways. (September 28, 2015) Read the full article here

Science World Report: Positive people have particular brain connections

Researchers at Oxford University have found a strong correspondence between a certain set of connections in the brain, and positive behavioral and lifestyle choices. Essentially, those who are generally positive have different brain connections than those who are not. (September 28, 2015) Read the full article here

Popular Science: This is what traveling to Mars does to your brain

Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average). In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to Mars, 18 months of isolation caused participants to have high stress levels and low brain activity, according to […]