Brain Disease

Scientific American: Disorganized Brain Cells Help Explain Autism Symptoms

During the second and third trimester of pregnancy, the outer layer of the embryo’s brain, the cortex, assembles itself into six distinct layers. But in autism, according to new research, this organization goes awry—marring parts of the brain associated with the abilities often impaired in the disorder, such as social skills and language development. Eric […]

Science Daily: Decline in Daily Functioning Related to Decreased Brain Activity in Alzheimer’s

Decline in daily functioning associated with Alzheimer’s disease is related to alterations in activity in certain regions of the brain, according to a study published in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Impairment in instrumental activities of daily living — or an inability to perform high-level daily activities such as calculating […]

The Times of Israel: What’s on Your Mind? ElMindA’s ‘Helmet’ Knows

A helmet-like Israeli brain monitor that works without penetrating the skull has the potential to spot problems early, giving doctors a chance to step in with treatment programs to help patients cope with disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ADHD. ElMindA received FDA clearance in early August for use of its brain activity monitoring system in […]

MedScape: Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tested in Macular Degeneration

Glatiramer (Copaxone, Teva Pharmaceuticals) can improve retinal sensitivity and reduce choroidal neovascularization in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration, a new study shows. For these patients, glatiramer has “certain long-term benefits,” said Gennady Landa, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at New York Medical College in New York City, who presented the findings here at the […]

News Medical: Research: First Effective Web-Based Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists. People with Bipolar Disorder have problems getting access to psychological therapy and this online intervention, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders,  may offer a round the clock solution at a reduced cost to the NHS. […]

Medical Xpress: ADHD, Substance Abuse and Conduct Disorder Develop From the Same Neurocognitive Deficits

Researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre have traced the origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same neurocognitive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together. “Psychopathology exists on multiple continua of brain function. Some of these dimensions contribute to […]

Global Healing Center: New Study Links Aluminum to Osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s Disease

The negative health consequences of aluminum exposure have been recognized for quite some time. Unfortunately, this knowledge has not precipitated a mass removal of aluminum from common, household products such as deodorant, cookware, and food storage items. A study recently published in the International Journal of Electrochemical Science has further confirmed what we all knew […]

Forbes: Five Common Myths About Depression

With the tragic loss of Robin Williams to apparent suicide, a worldwide discussion about the effects of depression has begun. Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide in the US, and suicide claims 34,000 lives in this country every year. Far too often those who would benefit from treatment don’t get it due to […]

Bloomberg: Could This Tai Chi-Teaching Robot Change Autism?

Italian researchers have produced a prototype robot that can engage and monitor autistic children. They hope the robot will win the attention of autistic children, which is something that people can struggle to do. Bloomberg’s Angus Bennett finds out how this innovative solution can treat those with the disorder. (August 12, 2014) Read the full […]

Science World Report: No Link Between Vitamin D Levels in Newborns and Multiple Sclerosis

A latest study debunked the association between vitamin D levels in newborns and the risk of developing multiple sclerosis in adulthood. This study was conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet. Over the recent years, it was widely accepted that low levels of vitamin D in newborn babies increase the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) […]