Brain Disease

Alzheimer’s Research UK: Could sense of smell be a clue to early Alzheimer’s?

The first study, by researchers at Harvard Medical School, collected data on 215 healthy people who underwent a smell identification test, along with memory and thinking tests and brain scans for signs of Alzheimer’s. The team reported that a poorer sense of smell was associated with a thinner entorhinal cortex – an area of the […]

NBC News: Worried You May Be Developing Alzheimer’s? Check Your Eyes

People worried they might be developing early signs of Alzheimer’s may be able to ask their eye doctors to have a quick peek during a regular exam, experts reported Sunday. Or they may be able to take a simple smell test. Four studies being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, strengthen […]

Autism Speaks: Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid. The announcement by the […]

Fairborn Daily Herald: Dayton Children’s joins Wright State, Premier Health neuroscience research venture

The Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, together with Dayton Children’s Hospital, announced Thursday the affiliation of Dayton Children’s, with the institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the […]

The Guardian: Could this $300 headset transform the lives of ‘locked-in’ patients?

By analyzing those signals using a machine-learning algorithm, BrainControl, a Sienna-based developer, claims to be able to distinguish Anselmo’s thoughts and intentions from other brain noise and use those signals to operate a cursor on a tablet computer. The cursor has three positions: “si”, “no”, and “non so” (“yes”, “no”, and “don’t know”). In theory, […]

Fox News: ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids’ personalities

There are three distinct types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that match up with children’s personalities, some researchers suggest. What’s more, looking at these ADHD types is better than the current diagnostic methods in predicting which children will go on to develop further mental-health problems, the researchers said in the new study. The finding of these […]

Psych Central: Neuroscience Discovery May Accelerate Brain Research

Researchers have determined that the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest. Experts believe this finding will provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious mental health conditions that afflict an estimated 13.6 million Americans. Poor connectivity between areas of the brain may be at the root of […]

WBUR: How Addiction Can Affect Brain Connections

Among the findings of some University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists is that addiction appears to permanently affect the connections between areas of the brain to almost “hard-wire” the brain to support the addiction. They’re also exploring the neural roots of addiction and seeking novel treatments – including perhaps the age-old practice of meditation. (July […]

Psych Central: Imaging Shows Bipolar Link to Risk-taking

Emerging research shows that brain circuits associated with pursuing and savoring rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorders. University of Manchester researchers believe this explains why individuals with bipolar disorder often engage in risky behavior. Researchers used brain imaging techniques to identify the neural pathways believed to be responsible for the […]

News Medical: Research project on risk taking behavior in teenagers

By looking at 40 different factors in a 14 year old teens, including brain structure and function, personality, life experiences and genetics, researchers can predict with 70% accuracy who will go on to develop binge drinking within the next two years. Impulsivity, hopelessness, sensation-seeking traits, lack of conscientiousness, and other variables such as life events […]