May 2018

Reuters: Scientists hunt down genes behind humankind’s big brain

Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human. These genes, found only in people, appeared between 3 and 4 million years ago, just prior to […]

Scientific American: A matter of taste: Can a sweet tooth be switched off in the brain?

Imagine if we could rewire our brains so that tastes we usually crave became unpleasant—or even nullify responses to taste completely. New research from a group led by neuroscientist Charles Zuker of Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute suggests this may be possible. The research shows the brain is hardwired to generate responses to specific tastes, and […]

NPR: Domestic violence’s overlooked damage: Concussion and brain injury

Hundreds of survivors of domestic violence have come through the doors of neurologist Glynnis Zieman’s Phoenix clinic in the past three years. “The domestic violence patients are the next chapter of brain injury,” she says. Zieman begins every new patient visit with a simple question: “What are the symptoms you hope I can help you […]

Science Daily: Insomnia is a likely long-term side effect of stroke, study finds

Stroke patients experience sustained problems with insomnia potentially reducing their ability to relearn key skills and putting them at increased risk of depression, a new study in the journal Scientific Reports finds. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey, University of Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Bern, Switzerland, […]

Medical News Today: Is there a link between bipolar and narcissism?

Bipolar disorders are mood disorders that cause a person to have extreme high and low moods. During a manic episode, a person with bipolar might appear to be displaying narcissistic traits, such as a heightened sense of importance or lack of empathy. (May 30, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Study of ‘SuperAgers’ offers genetic clues to performance

All humans experience some cognitive decline as they age. But how is it that some people in their 80s and beyond still have memory capacity of those 30 or more years younger? Recent studies have shown that these SuperAgers have less evidence of brain atrophy, have thicker parts of the brain related to memory, and […]

Live Science: Here’s how much exercise you need to give your brain a boost

Physical activity is good for both the body and mind. Indeed, doctors have long known that exercise improves thinking and slows the rate of cognitive decline, particularly among older adults. But what kind — and how much — exercise is needed to achieve a healthier brain? (May 31, 2018) Read the full article here

Today: How to prevent Alzheimer’s: Follow these 4 tips from doctors

Most people think of Alzheimer’s as an old person’s disease, but doctors say it can actually start formulating in your brain as early as your 30s. While that might be a scary thought, there are a few lifestyle changes you can make now that experts believe could impact your risk of developing the disease. (May […]

Newsweek: Brain beats along with the heart – and scientists have caught it on tape

Every second or so, your heartbeat sends blood surging through the vessels of your body. The impact of this can be felt throughout the body—in the wrists, the neck and the ankles. If you’re somewhere quiet, you might even hear your own heartbeat as its vibrations hit your ears. What you probably won’t detect is […]