October 2017

Live Science: Spicy foods trick the brain to use less salt

Fans of spicy foods might be doing their hearts a favor by adding more heat to their meals, a new study from China suggests. Researchers found that people in China who enjoyed spicy foods the most tended to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure than those who enjoyed spicy foods the least, according […]

Science Daily: How the brain beats distractions to retain memories

Researchers have recently discovered a mechanism that could explain how the brain retains working memory when faced with distractions. These findings could endow cognitive flexibility to neural networks used for artificial intelligence. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have recently discovered a mechanism that could explain how the brain retains working memory when […]

News-Medical: New discovery challenges basic assumptions about the brain’s cellular makeup

A discovery made by Junhwan Kim, PhD, assistant professor at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, is challenging science’s longstanding beliefs regarding the cellular makeup of the brain. This breakthrough was outlined in a study recently published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Having a full understanding of the brain can help identify new […]

Inverse: NFL-funded study identifies football positions most at risk of brain injury

The suicide of former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez in April brought the controversy surrounding brain injury in the National Football League back to the front pages. After his death, an examination of the 27-year-old brain showed that he had severe CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy — a serious disease, resulting from repeated blows […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers discover cause of brain sensitivity to lack of oxygen

Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center and Maastricht University have discovered why the brain is more sensitive to oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, than other organs. Hypoxia caused by a stroke, for example, activates a specific mechanism that is protective in other organs but can be detrimental to the brain. ‘This discovery solves a long-standing mystery […]

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s: Protein from outside the brain may be involved

A study in mice has discovered that amyloid beta, the protein that causes one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain, may also come from other parts of the body. In the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers describe how they surgically attached mice to each other for several months to show that amyloid beta […]

NPR: Brain patterns may predict people at risk of suicide

People who are thinking about killing themselves appear to have distinctive brain activity that can now be measured by a computer. In these people, words like “death” and “trouble” produce a distinctive “neural signature” not found in others, scientists report in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. More than 44,000 people commit suicide in the U.S. […]

Brain Blogger: MCI and anosognosia: She didn’t know she couldn’t walk

My mother’s first fall, at age ninety-two, seemed like an accident. Her rubber-soled sandals caught on the carpet in the activities room of her senior apartment complex and she plunged forward catching her arm on the piano bench. After minor surgery to repair the wound, and a short hospital stay, she began a course of […]

Forbes: Exercise makes the brain a more efficient energy machine, says new study

Just two weeks of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) decreases how much blood glucose the brain needs to burn for energy in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, according to results of a new study. And two weeks of even just moderate exercise improves the entire body’s insulin sensitivity in people with either health condition. […]

Scientific American: Why the clocks changing are great for your brain

October is a dismal time of year. The clocks go back, which accelerates the onset of darker evenings and the “shorter days” inevitably lead to calls for the tradition of putting clocks forward or backward to stop. Of course, the annual return to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from British Summer Time (BST) doesn’t make the […]