October 2015

Scientific American: Cultural goofs gear up gray matter

Exposure to the unusual, the jarring, the culturally shocking may be beneficial for your cognitive reasoning—and your waistline. That’s according to a study in the journal Social Cognition. (October 29, 2015) Read the full article here

Neurology Advisor: Developments in interventional stroke treatment

Over the last 2 years, the world of stroke treatment has completed a 180-degree turn, akin to what some may refer to as the 4-minute mile in terms of accomplishments by recent clinical trials. Interventions with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-tPA) and intra-arterial procedures have demanded tremendous changes in the treatment of acute stroke as […]

Medical News Today: Scientists discover new way that ALS kills nerve cells

A study that examines an overlooked area of research in ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, reveals a new way in which the devastating and incurable neurological condition kills nerve cells. The researchers behind the discovery, including members from the University of Toronto in Canada and the University of Cambridge in the UK, report their findings […]

News Medical: Exercise can protect brain function, reduce occurrence of PTSD

Experiencing a traumatic event often results in an acute stress response and the lingering memory may lead to mental and physical changes that negatively impact one’s health. This is often diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (October 30, 2015) Read the full article here

The Guardian: Vampires, ghosts and demons: the nightmare of sleep paralysis

It’s known as “Ghost Depression” in China, “Kanashibari” in Japan, meaning to be bound or fastened by metal strips, and “Karabasan” or ‘The Dark Presser’ in Turkey. The latter sounds oddly like a 1980s metal band, but these three terms all refer to the same thing – the often terrifying and little understood ordeal of […]

Medical Xpress: Male/female brain differences? Big data says not so much

A research study at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has debunked the widely-held belief that the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females than in males. Lise Eliot, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience at the university’s medical school, […]