Brain Disease

Inverse: Scientists discover a neural link between depression and insomnia

People with insomnia are twice as likely to develop depression, compared to those without insomnia. Chronic insomnia, meanwhile, may increase a person’s risk for depression. In July, scientists discovered why these two states of being appear to be intrinsically connected: They are bonded by a neural link. (December 13, 2018) Read the full article here

New Atlas: Intriguing study suggests Alzheimer’s-like brain damage can be “caught”

There has been concern in the past that some of the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease may be transmissible from human to human. A new study is adding weight to that possibility, providing experimental evidence that in the past amyloid beta plaques may have been seeded in a patient’s brain through contaminated samples of human […]

Reuters: Crosswords and sudoku may not stop mental decline

Mental engagement through problem-solving games like crossword puzzles, sudoku and brain teasers may not offset cognitive losses due to age-related dementia, a new study suggests. Still, practicing these kinds of activities throughout life might boost mental ability and provide a higher starting point before decline, researchers write in The BMJ. (December 13, 2018) Read the […]

U.S. News & World Report: Research on almost 2,000 brains brings insight into mental illness

Researchers say a massive genetic analysis of the human brain has yielded new insights into the underpinnings of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. Scientists at 15 institutions analyzed nearly 2,000 brains, and their findings are detailed in 11 studies published Dec. 14 in a special edition of Science and two other […]

Reuters: Dementia risk increased in female vets with brain injury, PTSD

Female military veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression are more likely to develop dementia later in life than peers without those conditions, a U.S. study suggests. Each of those conditions was associated with an increased risk for dementia, and if a female vet was diagnosed with more than one, that risk […]

CNN: Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show

An apparent rise in anxiety among British children has prompted concern from mental health experts, as two reports reveal an alarming surge in medication addiction and the number of young people seeking counseling for the disorder. Childline, the phone counseling service run by UK children’s charity the NSPCC, took 21,297 calls about anxiety in the […]

Los Angeles Time: Your aging brain: Is it ‘use it or lose it’?

Yes, your brain is like a muscle: If you don’t strengthen and stretch its capacities, it will not deliver high performance. But your brain is not like one of those forgiving muscles that lets you engage in a lifetime of indolence and then perks up willingly when you take up weight-training upon retirement. No, your […]

Science Daily: Improved treatment of anxiety disorders

Traumatic experiences can become deeply entrenched in a person’s memory. How can fears following a traumatic event be reduced in the long term and prevented from becoming a permanent stress-related disorder? Researchers have recently shed new light on these questions. (December 11, 2018) Read the full article here

Health 24: Stimulating one brain area may ease tough-to-treat depression

Electrical stimulation of a certain part of the brain may offer a new option for “treatment-resistant” depression, a small new study suggests. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that 25 patients with moderate-to-severe depression gained significant improvement in their mood after electrical stimulation of a brain region called the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). […]