February 2016

Medical Daily: Obesity may worsen episodic memory, make it harder to keep track of certain events

High body mass index (BMI) has been associated with certain health risks, which may now include cognitive impairment, according to preliminary research published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, found that young adults who are overweight may have poor episodic memory — a weakened […]

Tech Times: Your brain has personality that influences your intelligence

The brain has a personality that influences intelligence, a new study has found. The way humans think, talk and act are all dictated by their own individual personality traits. Some people are quiet and laid-back, while some are very outgoing and prefers socializing with different people. (February 28, 2016) Read the full article here

Spectrum: Brain’s social ‘river’ carries clues about autism

Social skills — the ability to hold a conversation, interpret an expression or decode body language — spring from activity within various, scattered hubs in the brain. But autism researchers are taking aim at certain hot spots to learn how people acquire, or fail to acquire, this important set of abilities. (February 29, 2016) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Innovative neuropeptide depression treatment to be developed

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Impel NeuroPharma have signed a licensing agreement to advance a new neuropeptide-based therapeutic approach shown to be effective in treating depression. This novel treatment is a peptide that disrupts two dopamine receptors that bind at higher rates in the brains of people with major depression. (February […]

Neurology Advisor: Exosomal tau blood test may detect CTE in the living

Researchers may have uncovered a way to detect chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living individuals with a blood test that detects plasma exosomal tau. The preliminary results were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. (February 25, 2016) Read the full article here

Harvard Health: Neuroscience can help you live a healthier life

Healthy behaviors clearly make sense from a rational standpoint, but they can be a drag — and difficult to maintain. It’s not because we’re ignorant or because we aren’t motivated to adopt healthy behaviors. It’s just very difficult to stay the course. (February 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Brain Blogger: Picking apart schizophrenia

In A Beautiful Mind, John Nash, played by Russell Crowe, is immersed in a fantasy world of conspiracy and paranoia. All of this we later learn is a product of his mind and a symptom of his untreated schizophrenia. This story is a powerful example of what’s known as the ‘positive’ symptoms of schizophrenia, meaning that […]

Brain Injury and Recovery

Brain Injury and Recovery After experiencing a concussion or another brain injury, the brain must be allowed to recover in order to achieve the highest cognitive level and longest-lasting recovery. Recovery from a brain injury is a lifelong process and needs to be regularly monitored to make sure the impact stays in remission, similar to how healthcare providers continue to […]

The Guardian: A cooler way to evaluate brain surgery patients

Researchers in the U.S. have developed a new and improved technique for mapping and protecting brain function in conscious patients about to undergo neurosurgery – by cooling small, localised brain regions to temporarily interrupt their workings and map the areas required for word formation and the timing of speech. They describe their method, and explain […]