Brain Disease

Science Daily: Study quantifies effect of depressive thoughts on memory

For people with depressed mood, memory and concentration difficulties are often a day-to-day reality, greatly affecting job performance and personal relationships. While those with the disorder report that these cognitive problems are some of the most deeply troubling, previous studies have been unable to observe this phenomenon in a laboratory setting. In a study published […]

Reuters: Breaking the law may be a sign of dementia

Criminal behavior in older adults, including theft, traffic violations, sexual advances, trespassing, and public urination, may be a sign of dementia, researchers say. There is a subgroup of people, especially older adults who are first-time offenders, who may have a degenerative brain disease underlying their criminal behavior, said Dr. Georges Naasan of the Memory and […]

Deseret News: researchers study effects of creatine on teens dealing with depression

Clinical trials at the University of Utah, Brain Institute are underway to test the effectiveness of a therapeutic tool, an amino acid called creatine to treat depression. Athletes have used it for decades as a supplement to increase muscle strength. But it appears the brain likes and needs the stuff as well. Now in the […]

Dallas News: Looking for hope for brain injuries, Alzheimer’s and more

It’s a time of year when people look forward to great things to come in the year ahead. So we asked three local researchers about the future of medicine. Here’s what they said about some big scientific breakthroughs happening in North Texas. (January 5, 2015) Read the full article here

Tech Times: Using Stem Cells to Learn How to Help Treat Dementia

Stem cells taken from people with an inherited type of dementia have been cultured in a lab with a hope of identifying possible new treatments, researchers in Belguim say. Studying the stem cells with a mutation that predisposes people to development of frontotemporal dementia — a form of the condition found in about half the […]

Huffington Post: Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism

Having a family pet can be beneficial for child development in a number of ways, including keeping kids active and promoting empathy, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. But dogs may be particularly beneficial for kids with autism, acting as a “social lubricant” that helps them build assertiveness and confidence in their interactions with others, […]

Medical News Today: High intelligence linked to reduced risk of schizophrenia

People with high intelligence may be less likely to develop schizophrenia, particularly those who have a genetic susceptibility to the condition. This is according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The researchers, including first author Dr. Kenneth S. Kendler of the Virginia Commonwealth University, say their findings challenge past studies […]

Medical News Today: Diverse autism mutations lead to different disease outcomes

People with autism have a wide range of symptoms, with no two people sharing the exact type and severity of behaviors. Now a large-scale analysis of hundreds of patients and nearly 1000 genes has started to uncover how diversity among traits can be traced to differences in patients’ genetic mutations. The study, conducted by researchers […]

Medical News Today: Pitt researchers find link exists between white matter and concussion-related depression and anxiety

White matter brain abnormalities in some patients with depression disorders closely resemble abnormalities found in patients who have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), more commonly known as concussion, according to new research presented by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). […]