November 2018

U.S. News & World Report: Can exercising too much affect your mental health?

Let’s be perfectly clear from the start: Exercise is one of the best ways to boost your mental health. Countless studies have proved this beyond any reasonable doubt. Case closed. However, a recent study revealed that, for some people, there can be too much of a good thing. Researchers from Yale University looked at data […]

Live Science: Bacteria may live (harmlessly) in your brain

In the latest example of bacteria being “literally everywhere,” scientists appear to have found evidence of microbes living harmlessly in our brains. For the study, presented last week at the scientific meeting Neuroscience 2018, the researchers looked at high-resolution images of slices of postmortem human brain tissue, where they found signs of bacteria, according to […]

Science Daily: How head injuries lead to serious brain diseases

Biologists reveal the hidden molecular basis of brain disorders and provide the first cell atlas of the hippocampus — the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory — as it is affected by traumatic brain injury. The researchers propose gene candidates for treating brain diseases associated with traumatic brain injury such as […]

Neurology Advisor: Repetitive hits may predispose athletes to concussion

Repetitive head impact exposure appears to be a predisposing factor for the onset of concussion, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Brian D. Stemper, Ph.D., from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and colleagues quantified repetitive head impact exposure among 50 concussed NCAA Division I college […]

News-Medical: Autism linked to prolonged connection between brain regions

The study, which has recently been published in the journal JAMA Network Open, suggests that the symptoms may be the result of sustained connections between brain regions.Anderson and colleagues decided to investigate how local circuits in the brain react in patients with autism. They used a new fMRI technique called multiband, multi-echo resting-state functional MRI […]

Business Insider: What happens to your brain and body when you procrastinate too much

There’s a reason why people are such bad procrastinators. It’s easy: Procrastinating feels great. But it’s not so great for your brain since it pits two of your brain’s heavy hitters, your limbic system, and your prefrontal cortex into a literal head-to-head match.Most of us have procrastinated at some point in our lives. But about […]

Harvard Health: Hormone therapy for depression: Are the risks worth the benefits?

When you think of menopause, you might think of hot flashes and night sweats. But many women also experience symptoms of depression. The risk of depression doubles or even quadruples during the menopausal transition, which has researchers looking for ways to address — or even prevent — the problem. (November 16, 2018) Read the full […]

Medical News Today: Can multitasking boost rather than hinder performance?

Multitasking might be an illusion, but it is a helpful one. A new study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that merely perceiving one or several activities as multitasking is enough to boost performance.An established body of neuroscientific research suggests that the ability to multitask is nothing but […]

Reuters: Babies’ brain development may not depend on sleeping through the night

Infants who don’t sleep through the night don’t seem to be at higher risk for cognitive or motor development problems, a Canadian study suggests. Deciding when or whether to train infants to sleep through the night is one of the most fraught issues new parents face, with some previous research suggesting that insufficient sleep may […]