September 2018

NPR: 5 things to encourage brain development in your little one

Researchers know there’s an achievement gap that exists at 18 months. That’s before any formal learning has taken place. An organization in Boston is trying to help parents close this gap.Look at the education of kids, even kids at preschool age, and you see an achievement gap. Kids who differ by race or by economic […]

Science Daily: Childhood poverty may have lasting effects on cognitive skills in old age

Children who grow up in poverty or who are otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged may be more likely in old age to score lower than others on tests of cognitive skills, according to a study published in the September 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.Cognitive skills […]

Medical Xpress: The hormone FGF23 is linked to structural deficits in the brain

Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have uncovered mechanisms by which high levels of a hormone called FGF23 can reduce brain health. In results published in the journal PLoS ONE on September 7th, 2018, high levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) were associated with structural changes in the brain’s frontal lobes. […]

Neurology Advisor: Electrical exoskeleton-assisted gait training effective for improving ambulation after stroke

Electromechanical exoskeleton-assisted gait training with Exowalk, composed of a fitted ambulatory exoskeleton that works in accordance with the movements of the patient, is just as effective as a conventional, physical therapist-directed gait training program in improving walking in patients with stroke, according to a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation. (September 27, […]

CNN: Addiction could stem from ancient retrovirus, study suggests

An ancient retrovirus that predates modern humans may explain why people suffer from addiction, scientists have said. Researchers studied drug users in two cities and found they were up to about three times more likely than the general population to have remnants of the HK2 virus within a particular gene in their DNA. The virus […]

Harvard Medical School: Gender clues

A study by Harvard Medical School researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital has found that the immune cells of the brain, called microglia, play a crucial role in brain development during adolescence, but that role is different in males and females. The study, published online in Nature Communications, may improve understanding of the neurologic basis of […]

Science Blog: The warm glow of kindness is real, even if there’s nothing in it for you

Psychologists at the University of Sussex have confirmed that the warm glow of kindness is real, even when there’s nothing in it for you. In their study, published in NeuroImage, they undertook a major analysis of existing research showing the brain scans relating to over 1000 people making kind decisions. For the first time, they […]

CNN: Limiting children’s screen time linked to better cognition, study says

Limiting kids’ recreational screen time to less than two hours a day, along with sufficient sleep and physical activity, is associated with improved cognition, according to a study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The study included about 4,500 US children ages 8 to 11 and measured their habits against the Canadian 24-Hour […]