Brain Disease

Science World Report: New Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Disorder Discovered

Recent findings published in the current issue of Acta Neuropathologica show what may be a disease that’s very closely related to dementia. Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging believe that their new findings very closely resemble primary age-related tauopathy (PART). “To make an Alzheimer’s diagnosis you need to see two things […]

CTV News: Study of Hand Transplants Sheds Light on Brain’s Role in Restoring Touch

Recovery of feeling can gradually improve for years after a hand transplant, suggests a small study that points to changes in the brain, not just the new hand, as a reason. Research presented Sunday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience sheds light on how the brain processes the sense of touch, and adapts […]

Australian Traditional Medical Society: Smoking Interferes with Neurocognitive Recovery After Giving Up Alcohol

A new study investigating the degree of neurocognitive recovery in alcohol-dependent people (ALC) undergoing treatment during the first eight months of sustained abstinence from alcohol has found smoking status influences their recovery. Few longitudinal studies have specifically studied the effects of cigarette smoking on cognitive recovery in ALC during abstinence, says corresponding author for the […]

Medical Xpress: New Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Disorder Identified

A multi-institutional study has defined and established criteria for a new neurological disease closely resembling Alzheimer’s disease called primary age-related tauopathy (PART). Patients with PART develop cognitive impairment that can be indistinguishable from Alzheimer’s disease, but they lack amyloid plaques. Awareness of this neurological disease will help doctors diagnose and develop more effective treatments for […]

Science Daily: Oxytocin Helps to Better Overcome Fear

Frightening experiences do not quickly fade from memory. A team of researchers under the guidance of the University of Bonn Hospital has now been able to demonstrate in a study that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain and allows fear stimuli to subside more easily. This basic research could also […]

Medical News Today: Can Depression and Guilt in Preschool Years Change the Brain?

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that children who were diagnosed with depression between the ages of 3-6 have a smaller brain region involved in emotion than those who were not depressed. The researchers – led by Andrew Belden, assistant professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, […]

PsyBlog: The Curious Effect of Depression on Intuitive Thinking Skills

Depression curbs people’s ability to make intuitive judgements, a new study finds for the first time. The research may help explain why people who are depressed say they find it difficult to make ordinary, everyday decisions. In the experiment, published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, half the participants had major depressive disorder, while […]

Nature: Depression: A Change of Mind

Cognitive therapy, commonly known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), aims to help people to identify and change negative, self-destructive thought patterns. And although it does not work for everyone with depression, data have been accumulating in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear success stories in psychotherapy,” says Stefan Hofmann, a psychologist at Boston […]

Portland Tribune: Rebooting the Brain

While OHSU’s Burchiel is just beginning to look at using deep brain stimulation for maladies beyond movement disorders such as Parkinson’s, during the past 15 years Emory University neurologist Helen Mayberg has experimented with implants to help patients suffering from depression. Depression is a much more complicated disease than Parkinson’s, not only because it involves […]