January 2017

Medical Xpress: Practice makes perfect, and ‘overlearning’ locks it in

Want to learn something and then quickly make that mastery stick? A new Brown University study in which people learned visual perception tasks suggests that you should keep practicing for a little while even after you think you can’t get any better. (January 30, 2017) Read the full article here

New York Magazine: Why your brain becomes more flexible after working out

Squeezing a half-hour workout into your day is like casting a highly beneficial spell on yourself, in so many ways — from living longer to thinking faster. As neuroscience digs into fitness, clues are coming out as to how moving your body boosts your brain. (January 30, 2017) Read the full article here

The Health Site: Research suggests safer, effective way to improve stroke treatments

A team of researchers has demonstrated that a drug in combination with an enzyme that helps dissolve clots may improve stroke outcomes by reducing these complications and increasing its efficacy in opening blood vessels. The standard of care for treating strokes caused by blood clots involves the therapeutic infusion of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) — […]

Science Daily: A glitch in ‘gatekeeper cells’ slowly suffocates the brain

Abnormality with special cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly affecting the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a study reveals. ‘Gatekeeper cells’ called pericytes surround blood vessels. They contract and dilate to control blood flow to active parts of the brain. Pericyte degeneration may be ground zero for neurodegenerative […]

U.S. News & World Report: Bilingual people may have an edge against Alzheimer’s

People who speak two or more languages appear to weather the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease better than people who have only mastered one language, a new Italian study suggests. Bilingual people with Alzheimer’s outperformed single-language speakers in short- and long-term memory tasks, even though scans showed more severe deterioration in brain metabolism among the bilingual […]

Spectrum: Imaging of social brain enters real world

Lying alone in a scanner in a dark, quiet room could hardly be a more solitary activity. Yet many studies of the neural underpinnings of social behavior unfold in exactly that setting. Physical isolation is a known limitation of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures blood flow as a proxy for brain activity. (January […]

Tech Times: Researchers identify brain hormone that triggers fat burning

Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute have pinpointed a specific hormone in the brain that appears to be responsible for triggering fat burn in the gut. Serotonin has been established before as a driving factor for fat loss. However, it wasn’t clear how exactly the neurotransmitter was able to influence fat reduction. (January 28, 2017) […]

Sporting News: Study reveals riskiest position in NFL for concussions

Players in open-field positions are the most vulnerable to brain trauma injuries, a study by the Charlotte Observer concluded. Specifically, defensive backs need more protection for the NFL to prevent concussions. (January 30, 2017) Read the full article here