January 2018

Shape: Could vitamin deficiencies be running your workout?

You know not eating well or logging enough sleep can hurt your workout, but there might be something else slowing you down: A new study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that when healthy, active, females supplemented with a specific vitamin and mineral formula for one month, they shaved about […]

Today: Biggest study ever of teen brains to reveal how screen time affects kids

What helps and hurts the teenage brain? A revolutionary new study hopes to find out how kids’ minds are shaped during this crucial and turbulent stage of life. Researchers are following more than 11,000 children for the next decade, studying how dozens of factors — including drugs and alcohol, diet and exercise, screen time, academic […]

Science Daily: This is your brain: This is your brain outdoors

The brain acts much differently when we’re outdoors compared to when we’re inside the lab, a new study has found. “It happens when we’re doing normal, everyday activities, like riding a bike,” explained Kyle Mathewson, a neuroscientist in UAlberta’s Department of Psychology. Mathewson and his research team put EEG equipment into backpacks and had subjects […]

New Scientist: Depriving the brain of a sense may improve stroke recovery

Recovery from a stroke is unpredictable and can take months. But research in mice suggests that blocking off some functions of the brain can help it rewire itself to work around stroke damage. Jin-Moo Lee, of Washington University, St Louis, and his team have found that when they trim the whiskers of mice, these animals […]

U.S. News & World Report: Concussions tied to rise in dementia risk decades later

A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain — such as a concussion from a sports collision or a motor vehicle accident — is already associated with short-term risk of dementia. But the new research finds that, although the […]

News-Medical: Inadequate oxygen levels during sleep increase risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Inadequate oxygen levels during sleep can damage the brain and increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, University of Queensland researchers have found. Scientists from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute and School of Biomedical Sciences are now initiating a clinical study of patients with sleep apnea to determine whether treatment lowers the risk of developing dementia. […]

Medical Xpress: ‘Anxiety cells’ identified in the brain’s hippocampus

Do your palms sweat when you walk down a poorly lit street at night? That feeling may be traced to the firing of newly identified “anxiety” cells deep inside your brain, according to new research from neuroscientists at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). (January 31, 2018) […]

Forbes: The neuroscience of being funny: Meet the neuroscientist studying brains of professional comedians

Amir and colleagues conduct studies on mirth. A study last year published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, funneled 13 professional comedians, nine amateurs and 18 control subjects into a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine (fMRI). While getting their brains scanned, subjects were asked to caption New Yorker cartoons with two captions: one funny […]

Medical Xpress: How to eat well for a healthy brain in later life

The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), which includes experts from the University of Exeter, examined the science on the impact diet has on brain health in adults age 50 and older. GCBH experts carefully considered what can be confidently concluded about whether and how dietary patterns and food choices influence brain health. (January 30, […]