Brain Disease

U.S. News & World Report: More evidence that depression shortens lives

People with depression tend to die earlier than expected — a pattern that has grown stronger among women in recent years, new research finds. The study followed thousands of Canadian adults between 1952 and 2011. Overall, it found people with depression had a higher death rate versus those without the mood disorder. (October 23, 2017) […]

The New York Times: New study casts doubt on diagnosis of adult-onset A.D.H.D.

In just the past few years, researchers have identified what they believe is an adult version of attention deficit disorder: a restless inability to concentrate that develops spontaneously after high school, years after the syndrome typically shows itself, and without any early signs. The proposed diagnosis — called adult-onset A.D.H.D. and potentially applicable to millions […]

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s: Word processing duration may predict onset

Recent research published in the journal NeuroImage Clinical suggests that the time it takes for someone to process written words may be a reliable predictor of their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The new study focused on patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition in which seniors — typically over the age of 65 […]

Science Daily: Psychologists develop new model that links emotions and mental health

For decades psychologists have studied how people regulate emotions using a multitude of ways to conceptualize and assess emotion regulation. Now a recent study shows how a new assessment model can give clinicians an exciting new way to think about clinical diagnoses including anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders. (October 19, 2017) Read the full article […]

BBC: Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes – rather than in just one – leading to blurring and confusion. (October 18, 2017) […]

Health Imaging: Brain, spinal cord MR imaging helps ID MS risk in children

New research from Yale University’s School of Medicine shows scans of the brain and spinal cord can be key to identifying changes in brain activity that can lead to multiple sclerosis (MS) in children. The researchers, led by Naila Makhani, MD MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric MS Program at Yale, […]

NPR: Search of DNA in dogs, mice and people finds 4 genes linked to OCD

People who have obsessive-compulsive disorder can get trapped inside a thought. It repeats itself, like a stuck song. Did I lock the door? Is that doorknob clean enough to touch? I better wash my hands again — and again. The biology underpinning this loop remains murky to scientists, but scientists are beginning to sniff out […]

Health Imagine: Brain imaging for infants may help detect development of autism

New research from JAMA indicates that an MRI can detect signs of autism developing in infants during a “presymptomatic period.” Published online Oct. 3, the study, conducted by Tracy Hampton, PhD, suggests early brain scans in infants earlier than 24 months could predict signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “The findings point to a noninvasive […]

News-Medical: New imaging system offers better way to monitor brain changes from Alzheimer’s in mouse models

An estimated 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Although treatments can slow the worsening of symptoms, scientists are still working to better understand the neurodegenerative disease so that curative and preventative medicines can be developed. A new imaging system could help speed […]