Brain Disease

Medical Xpress: Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

Video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants’ engagement, attention and social behavior, and might reduce the likelihood of such children developing autism, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. “Our findings indicate that using video feedback-based therapy to help parents understand and respond to their infant’s individual […]

Medical Xpress: Blood vessels in older brains break down, possibly leading to Alzheimer’s

University of Southern California (USC) neuroscientists may have unlocked another puzzle to preventing risks that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Keck Medicine of USC used high-resolution imaging of the living human brain to show for the first time that the brain’s protective blood barrier becomes leaky with age, starting at the hippocampus, a […]

Market Watch: New tool helps families dealing with Alzheimer’s

Beth Kallmyer, MSW, the vice president of constituent services for the National Alzheimer’s Association points out that Alzheimer’s is “a challenging disease” that impacts not only the adults in a family but as Beth says, “younger children are affected as well.” Beth’s organization has worked to provide caregiving and informational resources to individuals and families […]

Daily News: Circumcision tied to autism risk: study

“The small child’s pain could be significant to the later development of autism,” study leader Morten Frisch, consultant and senior investigator in epidemiological research at Statens Serum Institut and adjunct professor of sexual health epidemiology at Aalborg University — both of which are in Denmark — told ScienceNordic.com. (January 22, 2015) Read the full article […]

Alzheimer’s News Today: Researchers Study Eating Abnormalities in Frontotemporal Dementia Subtypes

A team of researchers from Australia aimed to determine the occurrence of eating abnormalities in subtypes of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) besides the well established behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD). The study entitled “Quantifying the Eating Abnormalities in Frontotemporal Dementia”, was recently published in JAMA Neurology. (January 21. 2015) Read the full article here  

Neurology Advisor: Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia

Intranasal oxytocin may help improve symptoms of frontotemporal dementia, according to a study published in Neurology. Elizabeth C. Finger, MD, of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues, tested the effects of repeated doses of the hormone, which is believed to be a mediator of social behavior, particularly enhancing emphathy. Oxytocin has previously been […]

Science 2.0: Fat And Sugar-Heavy Diets Are Addictive – And Harm Your Brain

Over the past several years, many scientists have reported that consuming a western diet and gaining excess body weight may have harmful effects on the brains of both human and nonhuman animals. For example, some research suggests that middle-aged adults who are overweight and obese are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other […]

Medical Xpress: Stem cell transplantation shows potential for reducing disability in patients with multiple sclerosis

Results from a preliminary study indicate that among patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), treatment with nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (low intensity stem cell transplantation) was associated with improvement in measures of disability and quality of life, according to a study in the January 20 issue of JAMA. (January 21, 2015) Read the full […]

HealthDay: Those With Autism May Have Unique Brain Connections, Study Shows

People with autism may have brain connections that are uniquely their own, a new study suggests. Previous research has found either over- or under-synchronization between different areas of the brains of people with autism, when compared to those without the disorder. The authors of the new study said those apparently conflicting findings may reflect the […]