June 2018

Medical News Today: Low B-12 and folate levels in mature adults ‘of concern’

A large population study conducted in Ireland has found that a worrying number of adults aged 50 and over have vitamin B-12 and folate deficiencies, which may expose them to poor health in the long run. Researchers from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland have analyzed the medical […]

News-Medical: Researchers discover how behavior is organized in the brain

Driving to work, typing an email or playing a round of golf–people perform actions such as these throughout the day. But neuroscientists are still unsure how the brain orchestrates complex actions or switches to a new action–behaviors that are impaired in disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). (June 29, 2018) Read the […]

Medical Xpress: Computer therapy can help people with aphasia find lost words

Computer therapy can help people with aphasia learn new words even years after a stroke, a new study conducted by the University of Sheffield has revealed. Researchers from the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) found there are a number of significant benefits to using computer therapy for people affected by aphasia, in […]

Newsweek: Alzheimer’s markers linked to high sugar, high fat foods in study on mice

The combination of aging and eating foods high in fat and sugar has been linked to markers of Alzheimer’s disease in a study.  Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.. Around 5.7million Americans are living with the condition, and this figure is expected to […]

Parkinson’s News Today: New method captures images of all brain areas following gene therapy

A new method that allows imaging of all brain areas can help researchers monitor the success of gene therapy in the treatment of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. The study, “A Novel Positron Emission Tomography Reporter Gene/Reporter Probe for the Central Nervous System,” was presented recently during the SNMMI 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, and […]

Forbes: Three things caffeine does in your brain

Whether we’re sipping it to get going in the morning or pounding it to stay awake later at night, our favorite psychoative drug is, as always, in high demand. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day according to recent estimates—over three cups each on average—delivering a jolt upwards of 300 mg of caffeine […]

Quartz: The scientific reason your brain never runs out of problems to find

Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever. (June 29, 2018) Read the full article 

Scientific American: “Traveling” brain waves may be critical for cognition

The electrical oscillations we call brain waves have intrigued scientists and the public for more than a century. But their function—and even whether they have one, rather than just reflecting brain activity like an engine’s hum—is still debated. Many neuroscientists have assumed that if brain waves do anything, it is by oscillating in synchrony in […]

Science Alert: Watch what happens to your brain when the heart pumps blood

Your heart doesn’t exist in isolation, fiercely pumping blood while the rest of your viscera remain perfectly still. Each beat sends tiny shudders as blood moves around – and now a new MRI technique has managed to capture that effect on the brain in real-time, amplifying it to observe how it works. (June 28, 2018) […]

U.S. News & World Report: Fit at midlife may mean healthier brain, stronger heart later

If you’re fit in middle age, you might be guarding against not only depression as a senior, but also dying from heart disease if you do develop depression, a new study suggests. Among nearly 18,000 Medicare patients, the most fit were 16 percent less likely to develop depression, the researchers found. (June 27, 2018) Read […]