March 2018

Harvard Business Review: When you need to take time off work for mental health reasons

Just because you don’t know of anyone else at your company who has taken time off for mental health reasons doesn’t mean there isn’t precedent. Diagnosable mental health conditions impact one in five Americans in any given year. Treatment for the most common conditions (namely depression) is effective 80% of the time, but fewer than […]

Wired: How science is solving health issues at all stages of life

Health issues hit us in different ways at different ages. Here are some big ones science and tech are helping to solve. Roughly 8 percent of kids in the US suffer from food allergies—often from peanuts. Epicutaneous immunotherapy could help. (March 27, 2018) Read the full article here

UPI: Microglia filmed eating brain synapses

For the first time, scientists have filmed microglia eating brain synapses. Braining-eating entities aren’t usually welcomed inside the brain, but microglia are vital to brain development and the immune defense of the central nervous system. Roughly one in ten brain cells is a microglia cell. (March 26, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Dissecting artificial intelligence to better understand the human brain

In the natural world, intelligence takes many forms. It could be a bat using echolocation to expertly navigate in the dark, or an octopus adapting its behavior to survive in the deep ocean. Likewise, in the computer science world, multiple forms of artificial intelligence are emerging. Cognitive neuroscientists are using those emerging networks to enhance […]

Medical Xpress: Drug reduces inflammation in stroke patients

An anti-inflammatory drug given to patients in the early stages of a stroke has been shown by researchers at The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to reduce harmful inflammation. The drug, Kineret, licenced for treating rheumatoid arthritis, was given as a small injection just under the skin without giving the patients […]

News-Medical: Researchers develop comprehensive map of genetic risk factors for stroke

Stroke is a serious disease affecting blood flow to and from the brain, and is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Stroke is characterized by a sudden onset of neurological dysfunction, caused by a blood clot or hemorrhage in a cerebral artery. While many genetic variants and lifestyle behaviors have been identified as risk […]

Bel Marra Health: 7 causes of memory loss and how to prevent and manage them

Memory loss is a very scary realization that many older adults face. Although not a normal part of the aging process, the risk of memory loss increases with age. Yet, there are many contributing factors that increase one’s risk of memory loss aside from age. (March 25, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Depression may raise risk of abnormal heart rate

A person’s risk of developing the common heart disorder atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, may be increased if they also have depression, according to new data. These data were recently presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions on Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, held in New Orleans, LA. (March […]

Brain Blogger: Different coping styles may cause, prevent, or treat OCD

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) tend to fall back on maladaptive coping strategies such as rumination and thought suppression, according to new research; even though adaptive coping skills such as acceptance and problem-solving could improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, many OCD patients tend to lack those adaptive coping skills while in the throes of […]

Psych Central: Slow-walking older adults may be at greater risk for dementia

A new U.K. study finds that older adults with slower walking speeds, as well as those who experience a greater decline in walking speed over time, are at an increased risk for developing dementia. The link between walking speed and dementia appears to be independent of any changes in cognition. (March 24, 2018) Read the […]