Brain Disease

Science Daily: Altered voice processing in young children with autism and delayed language development

Three- to five-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and delayed language development appear to process voices differently than typically developing children, according to a new study. “The diagnosis, ‘autism spectrum disorder,’ covers a lot of symptoms. For each various symptom, there should be a various brain pathophysiology,” said Yuko Yoshimura, an assistant professor in […]

ADDitude: Different types of ADHD are rooted in different areas of the brain, study says

A recent brain imaging study1 suggests that different ADHD subtypes each originate in a distinct part of the brain, and may in fact be separate disorders. The results, if replicated, would challenge long-standing beliefs that ADHD is one disorder with several common variations, and may open the door to more personalized treatment strategies, the study’s authors […]

BBC: Women ‘more likely’ to suffer winter depression and mood changes

Women are more likely than men to experience seasonal changes in their mood, researchers have found. The changes, which include depressive symptoms in winter, appear to be independent of factors such as smoking, alcohol use and physical activity. (January 9, 2018) Read the full article here

Bel Marra Health: Living close to nature may be healthier for the brain

City life is often promoted as being luxurious and exciting, but perhaps we just aren’t built for this type of constant stimulation. Bright lights, constant noise, and the increased levels of pollution city dwellers breathe in on a daily basis could be causing us more harm than good. (January 9, 2018) Read the full article […]

News-Medical: Study finds greater attention to surprise in veterans with PTSD

Fireworks on nights other than the fourth of July or New Year’s Eve might be nothing more than inconsiderate neighbors, but for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the shock of noise and light may trigger a deeply learned expectation of danger. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have found that […]

Newsmax: Less than eight hours of sleep increases risk of depression

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night is linked to intrusive and repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety and depression, reports a new study.  American researchers have studied the sleep duration of people with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thinking. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Uncovering the power of glial cells

Implanted devices send targeted electrical stimulation to the nervous system to interfere with abnormal brain activity, and it is commonly assumed that neurons are the only important brain cells that need to be stimulated by these devices. However, new research reveals that it may also be important to target the supportive glial cells surrounding the […]

Medical News Today: What is early-onset Parkinson’s disease?

Early-onset Parkinson’s occurs when a doctor diagnoses the disease in a person 21 to 50 years old, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association. While a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be devastating at any time of life, being diagnosed with the disease at an early age can significantly impact a young person’s quality of life and […]

Futurism: A single gene could have a huge impact on age-related mental decline

As animals get older, the electrophysiology of their hippocampal connections begins to degrade. A new study appears to have identified the family of genes that are responsible, demonstrating how a single gene can have a broad effect on age-related decline. (January 5, 2018) Read the full article here