Brain Disease

Huffington Post: Evidence Depression Isn’t Just ‘All In Your Head’

Depression touches people differently, making dealing with the condition more of a personal experience than a universal one. Some describe the illness as a dark cloud, while others liken it to being trapped in an empty space. Regardless of how it personally feels, what many people don’t know is that the illness can also take […]

News Medical: Simple Test Based on Movement and Thought Can Help Identify Alzheimer’s Risk Before Signs of Dementia

York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioral signs of dementia. Faculty of Health Professor Lauren Sergio and PhD candidate Kara Hawkins who led the study asked the participants to complete […]

MedScape: Imaging Reveals Neural Patterns of Pain, Addiction

Patients with chronic lower back pain and opioid addiction show regional brain activity on MRI that corresponds with disease severity, as well as changes in behavioral therapy, compared with patients who did not receive the therapy, a new study shows. “Clinically, our findings imply that these regions and connections between regions are likely some of […]

TIME: Diagnosing Autism with Brain Waves

Diagnosing autism as early as possible, even before the first noticeable symptoms of social and developmental delays emerge, is becoming a critical strategy for reducing the condition’s most severe symptoms. Experts have long known that children with autism process sensory information – sights and sounds in particular – in different ways than unaffected children. In […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers Reveal Pathway That Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons—both significant contributors to this type of dementia. Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, […]

Science Daily: Brief Intervention May Prevent Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent an increase in depressive symptoms often seen during the transition to high school, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. These findings are important, says psychological scientist and lead researcher […]

Psychiatry Online: Children With ADHD Benefit From Sleep-Focused Treatment

Addressing sleep problems often improves psychiatric symptoms in children and teens, including those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and chronic pain. Sleep-focused treatment improves mood and quality of life in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, chronic pain, and cancer, according to speakers at symposium on sleep in children with chronic health conditions at the annual meeting […]