Brain Disease

Forbes: Many different diets can improve mood and reduce depression symptoms, study finds

A study analyzing data from nearly 46,000 people finds that no single dietary approach has a monopoly on boosting mood and reducing symptoms of depression. How diet affects mood is a rich area of research lately, especially with interest piquing in high-protein diets, flavors of the Mediterranean Diet, and a grab-bag of “whole” diets.  But […]

Medical News Today: Alcohol use disorder: A step toward better treatment?

Mood disorders and alcohol use disorder are both challenging to treat. A recent study concludes that a pathway involved in both conditions could be positively influenced by a commercially available chemical. A doctor diagnoses alcohol use disorder (AUD) when an individual’s use of alcohol becomes compulsive. (February 11, 2019) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Does social media push teens to depression? New study says no

Time spent on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook probably isn’t driving teenagers to depression, a new study contends. In fact, Canadian researchers found the relationship worked in the opposite direction—teenage girls who were already depressed tended to spend more time on social media, to try to feel better. (February 8, 2019) Read the full article here

ADDitude: Brain hacks for ADHD minds at work

Back when I was a struggling advertising executive, before I knew I had ADHD, I couldn’t stay on task or get projects finished. I didn’t know why, but I knew chances were good that I wouldn’t be promoted. One day a friend gave me an audio book, Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. (February […]

Quartz: One part of the brain appears to be immune to Alzheimer’s

The hallmark characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease are buildups of amyloid and tau proteins, which damage neurons over time. But researchers have suspected that Alzheimer’s causes other, smaller changes to the brain, including some generated by the organ itself as it tries to fight the disease. These changes show up as different proteins, or the presence […]

News-Medical: Blood-clotting factor may cause Alzheimer’s disease

A protein known for its role in forming blood clots has been found to cause the characteristic cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery provides a new target for drug developers trying to find a cure for this devastating condition. (February 7, 2019) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Neurofeedback system enables Parkinson’s patients to voluntarily control brain wave activity

Parkinson’s disease is associated with abnormal beta wave activity in the subthalamic nucleus (STN), but a direct connection between this activity and movement difficulties has not yet been established. A study group at Osaka University developed a neurofeedback system which enables patients with Parkinson’s disease to voluntarily control beta wave activity in their deep brain […]

Science Daily: Newly discovered immune cells play role in inflammatory brain diseases

A team of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating in an animal model that previously entirely unknown types of immune cells are present in the inflamed brain in the course of multiple sclerosis (MS). The discovery was made by means of a new, high-resolution method for analyzing single cells. The method allowed the researchers to create […]