February 2018

NPR: Still thirsty? It’s up to your brain, not your body

When the body gets dehydrated, the brain tells us to start chugging fluids. But what tells us when to stop? The answer appears to be a brain circuit that acts like a water meter, constantly measuring how much fluid we are taking in, a team reports Wednesday in the journal Nature. (February 28, 2018) Read […]

The Health Site: Mother’s immunity during pregnancy influences child’s brain development

The state of a woman’s immune system during pregnancy may shape the connectivity of her child’s brain, suggests a study, emphasising the influence of maternal health on a child’s susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life. The findings showed that short and long-term brain functioning can be influenced by immune system activity during the third […]

Medical Xpress: New risk score assesses stroke risk after MI without A-fib

João Pedro Ferreira, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Lorraine in France, and colleagues pooled data from four trials (22,904 patients) to identify risk factors (excluding AF) for the occurrence of stroke and to develop a calibrated and validated stroke risk score in patients with MI and heart failure and/or systolic dysfunction. The researchers found […]

Wired: Using AI to help stroke victims when ‘time is brain’

Since entrepreneur Chris Mansi cofounded Viz.ai in 2016, the best-funded wizards of artificial intelligence have taken on board games, and created emoji that mirror your facial expressions. Meanwhile, Mansi has been developing algorithms to save the brain cells of stroke patients. This month, the Food and Drug Administration cleared Viz.ai to market its algorithms to […]

Medical News Today: Parkinson’s disease: Why do brain cells die?

Researchers have discovered that a molecule already known to be important for other cell functions may also serve as a target against Lewy bodies, which are the toxic protein deposits that build up in the brain in Parkinson’s disease. The molecule, called cardiolipin, is an essential membrane component of mitochondria, which are the tiny powerhouses […]

ABC News: How diet can affect mental health: the likely link between food and the brain

What people choose to eat doesn’t just affect their waistlines, but maybe also the way they think and feel, according to a growing body of research. Some Americans may believe that eating “comfort foods” leads to happiness. But often choosing to eat processed foods like ice cream, macaroni and cheese or chips may eventually be […]

Futurism: Long term depression permanently changes the brain

New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has revealed something remarkable about mental illness: years of persistent depression-caused inflammation permanently and physically alter the brain. This may dramatically affect how we understand mental illness and how it progresses over time. (February 27, 2018) Read the full article here

Chicago Tribune: National Sleep Awareness Month calls for dreamy new ways to snooze

March is National Sleep Awareness Month, and with daylight saving time beginning on the 11th, you’ll probably be painfully aware of how many z’s you’re catching. Though the crankiness that comes with the “spring forward” time change is scary on its own, it’s worth noting the real risks of sleep deprivation. (February 27, 2018) Read […]

Cosmos: New neurons in an adult brain

Although scientists have known for several years that the adult brain can produce new neurons, many questions about the properties conferred by these adult-born neurons were left unanswered. What advantages could they offer that are not offered by the neurons generated shortly after birth? (February 27, 2018) Read the full article here