Brain Disease

MD Magazine: Teens, millennials hardest hit by surge in depression

Major depression diagnoses soared by a third from 2013 through 2016, with adolescents and millennials the hardest hit, a review of medical claims by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) shows. Overall, major depression in the US affects more than 9 million commercially insured Americans, according to the analysis. (June 19, 2018) Read the […]

UPI: Deep brain stimulation promising for mild Alzheimer’s patients older than 65

Alzheimer’s patients older than 65 benefit the most benefit from deep brain stimulation, according to findings from a recent phase II clinical trial. Researchers at Toronto Western Hospital’s Krembil Neuroscience Center for two years have been studying the stimulation of the fornix, a bundle of nerve fibers in the brain between the hippocampus and the […]

CNN: WHO classifies ‘gaming disorder’ as mental health condition

Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification […]

Medical News Today: Are gut bacteria to blame for anxiety, depression in obesity?

Obesity brought on by a high-fat diet might be accompanied by changes in gut bacteria that alter brain chemistry in such a way as to promote anxiety and depression. This was the conclusion that researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and colleagues came to after studying the link […]

Medical News Today: Parkinson’s: Could this ‘missing link’ be a cause?

Scientists have now identified a faulty cell process that may be common to different forms of Parkinson’s, and they propose a mechanism through which it might lead to the disease. This process involves a group of lipids or fatty molecules called ceramides, which are found in cell membranes and play important roles in their function […]

Science Daily: Early birds less prone to depression

Middle-to-older aged women who are naturally early to bed and early to rise are significantly less likely to develop depression, according to a new study by researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The study of more than 32,000 female nurses, published […]

Medical News Today: A supple aorta might slow brain aging

According to a study in older adults, memory performance as we age may be associated with the flexibility of the largest artery in our body: the aorta. As we grow older, there is an inevitable decline in many of our body’s functions. This includes cognitive ability. (June 14, 2018) Read the full article here