Brain Disease

Science World Report: Sulforaphane In Broccoli Could Help Reduce The Symptoms Of Autism

Broccoli continues to be known as a superfood that holds essential nutrients. Yet recent findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveal that this vegetable could help to reduce symptoms associated with autism. A recent study recruited 44 male participants between the ages of 13 and 27 who had moderate […]

Medical Xpress: Aluminum and its Likely Contribution to Alzheimer’s Disease

A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminum in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminum plays some role in the disease. He says the human brain is both a target […]

SFARI: Analysis of Mouse Brains Maps Subgroups of Autism

A brain imaging study of 26 mouse models of autism reveals a broad range of structural abnormalities. The models cluster into groups with similar features, reports a study published 9 September in Molecular Psychiatry. The results point to key brain circuits linked to autism, including those involved in movement and brain connectivity.  The researchers chose models […]

Medical Xpress: Innovative Eye-Movement Treatment Found to Help Post-Traumatic Stress Sufferers

A combined research project by two universities has shown that an innovative treatment that involves rapid eye movements is reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress in trauma patients. Rapid eye movement therapy involves the patient focusing on their trauma while their therapist facilitates their eyes to move rapidly from side-to-side. Dr Lee and Dr Cuijpers […]

Medwire News: Clinical Pointers to Bipolar, Unipolar Depression Confirmed

A large study confirms several factors that can distinguish patients with bipolar depression from those with unipolar depression, including higher trait impulsivity, aggression and hostility. In line with previous studies, bipolar patients had more personal and familial evidence of mania, were younger at onset of depression and had more previous affective episodes than patients with […]

News Medical: Pointers for Boosting Prophylactic Bipolar Treatment Reported

Patients with newly diagnosed bipolar disorder who have not previously used psychiatric drugs or have short hospital admissions should be targeted for prophylactic treatment, say researchers. Louise Scheen (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) and colleagues found that these patients were at an increased risk of not receiving prophylactic treatment, in the face of recommendations that all […]

Science Daily: Mining Big Data Yields Alzheimer’s Discovery

Scientists at The University of Manchester have used a new way of working to identify a new gene linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The discovery fills in another piece of the jigsaw when it comes to identifying people most at risk of developing the condition. Researcher David Ashbrook and colleagues from the UK […]

TIME: Why Schools Should Screen Their Students’ Mental Health

Two new reports argue for in-school mental health screenings. Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Kids and adolescents spend a significant amount of their time in school, yet providing mental health screenings and […]

Huffington Post: 4 Practical Steps for Changing Mental Habits

We are essentially a collection of habits. That sort of statement is not intended to minimize our complexity, but when human beings become “human doings” our thinking and behavior is informed more by structure and ritual than randomness. At times we can find these patterns to be somewhat unproductive and, at others, wholly destructive. When […]