Brain Disease

The Independent: Common Diabetes Medicine Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Two drugs commonly used to treat type-2 diabetes have also been found to work against Alzheimer’s disease in laboratory mice, a study has found. Scientists have shown that the drugs lixisenatide and liraglutide protect the nerve cells of the brain from injury or degeneration in mice with Alzheimer’s disease. Tests showed that the drugs were […]

Yale Daily News: Early Life Stress Permanently Affects Brain Development

For the first time, researchers have been able to study in a controlled environment the long term effects of early-life stress on the developing brain. While research has previously indicated that brain development is governed by more than just genetics, a team of researchers from universities and medical centers across the globe, including from the […]

Medical Daily: New Theory Of Alzheimer’s: It Is Tau Proteins, Not The Plaque, That Triggers Brain Cell Death

An age-related brain disorder, Alzheimer’s gradually erodes a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior. Plaque made of beta-amyloid protein fragments and tangles formed from tau proteins are familiar hallmarks of disease in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Now, a new study alters prevailing theories of how the disease destroys brain cells. It is the tau, researchers […]

WTSP: Study Looks at Impact of Pot Use on Brain

New research suggests marijuana could be more dangerous to our brains than initially thought. It all depends on how old you are. For some, it can be helpful, and for others, it can be harmful. Marijuana has changed over the years. Strands and strengths have evolved, becoming stronger and more potent. “Like a 3.5 percent […]

Medical News Today: Teen Binge Drinking Linked to Long-Term Brain Changes

Binge drinking – defined as men consuming five or more drinks and women drinking four or more drinks in 2 hours – is a serious problem in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 90% of alcohol consumed among under-21s is in the form of binge drinking. Past research […]

StarTribune: Mayo Scores Major Dementia Grants

After more than a decade of work on what’s been called “the most common disease no one has ever heard of” — frontotemporal dementia — Mayo Clinic has been chosen to participate in a set of federal research projects that could help unlock a broad set of related brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. The grants, […]

WBUR: The Bionic Mind: Building Brain Implants To Fight Depression, PTSD

As part of a $70-million project funded by the military, researchers are aiming to take brain implants for psychiatric disorders to the next level. Over the next five years, they aim to build a device that can sit inside a patient’s head, pick up the onset of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, and head it […]

News Medical: Family Therapy Useful in Bipolar Disorder

Psychoeducational family intervention (PFI) improves social functioning in patients with bipolar I disorder and reduces burden among close relatives, Italian study data show. If the findings are replicated in other studies, “psychoeducation should become an integral part of the therapeutic armamentarium of every mental health professional”, say Andrea Fiorillo (University of Naples SUN) and co-authors […]

News Medical: Study Opens Door to New Treatments for Brain Diseases

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that a very small single domain antibody called FC5 has proven able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which opens the door to new treatments for brain diseases. Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new report published in the […]

Huffington Post: The Creative Gifts of ADHD

In his 2004 book Creativity is Forever, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 “positive” traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking, high energy, curiosity, humor, artistic, emotional) and six “negative” traits (e.g., impulsive, hyperactive, argumentative). In her own review of the creativity […]