Brain Disease

Fox News: Task-oriented exercise may help with mild memory loss

An exercise program that challenges the mind while mimicking daily tasks may improve mental functioning in older adults with mild cognitive decline, according to a new study. The trial found significant positive changes, lasting several months, among seniors with memory and thinking changes serious enough to be noticed by others but not so severe as […]

Scientific American: Brainomics: Hacking the Brain (and Autism) with Gene Machines

The human brain has 100 billion neurons, a mouse brain has maybe 100 million. What we’d really like to understand is how we go from a bunch of neurons to thought, feelings, behavior. We think that the key is to understand how the different neurons are connected to one another. So traditionally there have been […]

Tech Times: Keep your brain busy, lower risk of cognitive decline: Study

One of the unwanted things associated with growing old is cognitive decline with 25 to 50 percent of adults 85 years old and over showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition marked by progressive memory impairment. Keeping your brain busy by reading, playing music and using the computer though may increase your chances of being […]

Mod Vive: Exercise Your Brain to Prevent the Onset of Dementia

While there is still no known cure, researchers have found new evidence that may prove learning and mentally-stimulating exercises help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. A recent study, conducted at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation, tracked 2,000 seniors between the ages of 70 to 89 during the years of 2004-2009. The participants of […]

CNN: Deep brain stimulation offers hope for OCD patient

People genetically prone to Alzheimer’s who went to college, worked in complex fields and stayed engaged intellectually held off the disease almost a decade longer than others, a study found. Lifelong intellectual activities such as playing music or reading kept the mind fit as people aged and also delayed Alzheimer’s by years for those at […]

Bloomberg: Feeding the Brain’s Curiosity Helps Delay Alzheimer’s, Study Says

People genetically prone to Alzheimer’s who went to college, worked in complex fields and stayed engaged intellectually held off the disease almost a decade longer than others, a study found. Lifelong intellectual activities such as playing music or reading kept the mind fit as people aged and also delayed Alzheimer’s by years for those at […]

CBS Houston: Study: Prolonged Exposure To UV Rays Triggers ‘Tanning Addiction’

Daily doses of UV rays received lying out in the sun or in artificial light can lead to a “tanning addiction” that can have an effect on the brain similar to use of opioid drugs like heroin and morphine. A new study published in the journal Cell finds that repeated exposure to sunlight can lead to the […]

Daily Record: Research is looking into a link between smell and memory loss in Alzheimer’s as medics look for cures

Dementia can affect people’s ability to remember, change their moods and behaviour, make communication difficult and, as it develops, leave them needing help with simple daily tasks. A fundraising partnership has been launched between The Perfume Shop and Alzheimer’s Research UK and researchers at University College London have been investigating how scent and memory are […]

Health Day: Study Links Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Kids

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that […]