November 2017

Medical News Today: ‘Cognitive ability genes’ identified

A new study — the largest of its kind — scrutinizes the cognitive performance and genomes of more than 100,000 people. The findings have unlocked new details about the genetics behind cognitive ability. A new study brings us one step closer to mapping intelligence in the genetic code. (November 30, 2017) Read the full article […]

Medical Xpress: Music and native language interact in the brain

Finnish speakers showed an advantage in auditory duration processing compared to German speakers in a recent doctoral study on auditory processing of sound in people with different linguistic and musical backgrounds. In Finnish speakers, musical expertise was associated with enhanced behavioral frequency discrimination. (November 30, 2017) Read the full article here

WBUR: Brain cells thought long dead after stroke might just be dormant

Doctors involved in a study using adult stem cells to treat stroke patients were shocked at how successful the therapy was in some cases. While patients generally show very little improvement after six months, a few regained movement and speech years later. Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Dr. Gary Steinberg, professor and chair […]

News-Medical: Scientists find potential neurobiological marker to help recognize PTSD patients

Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Amsterdam hope to have found a new neurobiological marker to help recognize patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Using an electroencephalogram (EEG) – a test that detects electrical activity in a person’s brain via electrodes attached to their scalp – researchers studied the brain activity of a group […]

SELF: 9 things you should know about cognitive behavioral therapy

You’ve probably heard of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the evidence-based psychotherapy treatment method focused on changing negative thoughts and behaviors. It seems to be mentioned in nearly every self-help article online: Sleep problems? Try CBT. Childhood trauma? CBT may help. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, fear of flying, hangnails? CBT is the answer for you. (November […]

New Atlas: Neuron count suggests dogs are smarter than cats

Which animal is smarter? Dogs or cats. It’s an eternal argument and one virtually impossible to answer due to the abstract nature of intelligence. Throwing some scientific evidence into the debate is a new study from an international team of scientists attempting to quantify an animal’s smarts by calculating the number of neurons in their […]

Health Day: Does marriage help preserve your brain?

Tie the knot, save the brain? A new research review suggests there’s something about marriage — or people who get and stay married — that significantly lowers the risk of mental decline in old age. “We were surprised by the strength of our findings,” said review lead author Dr. Andrew Sommerlad, a psychiatrist in England. […]

Neurology Advisor: Stroke associated with long-term brain effects, accelerated functional decline

Stroke may be associated with long-term neurologic adverse effects that result in accelerated functional decline and disability, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. A total of 5888 Medicare-eligible patients from the population-based, prospective Cardiovascular Health Study were included in this analysis. (November 29, 2017) Read the full article here