Brain Disease

Newsmax: Simple eating plan reduces risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s

One diet is being praised by leading health experts as an effective tool in battling the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. That diet is the keto diet and experts say it even helps improve brain health, crucial to the fight against Alzheimer’s. The keto diet is a high fat, low carb eating program […]

Science Daily: Disrupted circadian rhythms may drive anxiety and exacerbate brain disorders

Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. While these disruptions are sometimes viewed as a side effect of brain disorders, new findings suggest that aberrant sleep-wake cycles can also drive brain pathology. The studies were presented at Neuroscience 2018, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience […]

Medical Xpress: ‘Master key’ gene has links to both ASD and schizophrenia

Recent studies of complex brain disorders such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have identified a few “master keys,” risk genes that sit at the center of a network of genes important for brain function. Researchers at Emory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have now created mice partially lacking one of those master […]

BBC: Glowing chemical ‘could aid brain cancer surgery’

A chemical that makes brain tumours glow pink could help surgeons to remove the cancer safely, a trial suggests. Scientists gave people with suspected glioma a drink containing 5-ALA, a substance known to accumulate in fast-growing cancer cells. The pink glow the chemical causes was found in people with the most aggressive cancers. (November 4, […]

Spectrum: In autism brains, neurons take up more space than usual

People with autism have more gray matter — or neuronal matter — in their brains overall than their typical peers do. The unpublished findings are based on brain scans from 211 people with autism, a large sample size for a study of this kind. Researchers presented the work today at the 2018 Society for Neuroscience […]

Medical News Today: Researchers may stop Parkinson’s by ‘cooling off’ brain

Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative condition, has no cure. However, specialists are hard at work to remedy that situation. A new study conducted in mice suggests that one way to treat this condition may be by “cooling off” inflammation in the brain. (November 2, 2018) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Could diabetes drugs help curb Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds. Specifically, the post-mortem study found that people who’d taken diabetes meds had fewer abnormalities in tiny blood vessels in their brains, and less abnormal gene activity. (November 1, 2018) Read the […]

Medical Xpress: Is it brain infection or cancer? A new rapid test could hold the answer

When patients present with neurologic symptoms such as severe headaches or seizures, the symptoms could suggest anything from infection, cancer, or an autoimmune disease of the brain or spinal cord, leaving physicians scrambling to find the cause in a short amount of time. The differences in diagnosis can mean having mere hours to act or […]

New Scientist: Parkinson’s disease may start in the appendix and travel to the brain

Parkinson’s disease may start in the appendix, not the brain. People are less likely to get the condition if they had their appendix out decades previously. And a toxic compound found in the brains of people with this disease has now been spotted in the appendix. Parkinson’s, a degenerative condition involving tremors and stiffness, has […]

UPI: New study shows marijuana may harm teen brain

Compared to teenagers and young adults who continued using marijuana, those who abstained for a month displayed a “modest but reliable improvement in their ability to learn,” said lead researcher Randi Schuster. “Most of this improvement surprisingly happens rather quickly, within the first week of abstinence,” added Schuster, director of neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital’s […]