Brain Disease

The Guardian: Intellectual disability may be caused by prenatal gene mutation

The mutation of a gene vital for foetal brain development could be responsible for impaired mental function in children born with intellectual disabilities, Australian researchers have discovered. The gene, TUBB5, is critical for building connections between nerve cells of the brain involved in speech, sight, co-ordination and higher level cognition, researchers found. It acts as […]

Live Science: ‘Good Health’ Genes Linked to Increased Risk of Brain Cancer

The same gene variants that are linked with having longer caps on chromosome tips and overall good health also may have a downside: They could increase the risk of brain cancer, a new study finds. These new findings may be the first to suggest that people with longer telomeres — the protective stretches of DNA found at […]

Psych Central: Imaging Suggests Evidence of Biological Basis for Adult ADHD

Emerging research discovers adults who have recovered from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have different levels of brain activity than adults who still suffer from ADHD. In a new study, MIT neuroscientists discovered key differences in a brain communication network that is active when the brain is at wakeful rest and not focused on a particular […]

The Star: Brain protein may be cause of high rates of depression in perimenopause

A new study suggests that elevated levels of a specific brain protein may explain why so many women experience depression during perimenopause. The work, led by Toronto scientist Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, concludes that high levels of a chemical called monoamine oxidase A, or MAO-A, may be to blame. The protein is known to break down […]

Red Orbit: Research Into MicroRNA Molecule Could Improve Treatment Of Depression

Levels of a tiny molecule known as miR-1202 are lower in the brains of people suffering from depression, suggesting that it could serve as a marker for depression and help detect which patients are most likely to respond to antidepressant treatment, experts from McGill University and the Douglas Institute claim in a new study. Their research, […]

Science World Report: Brain Circuit Problem May Cause the ‘Voices’ in Schizophrenia

Scientists may have just found out what causes the “voices” in schizophrenia. They’ve identified problems in a connection between brain structures that may predispose individuals to hearing the “voices” that are a common symptom of schizophrenia. In order to learn a bit more about the underlying brain circuitry that might cause a person to hear voices, the […]

Fox News: Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows

Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism or schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Environmental Heath Perspectives. This research falls in line with a 2013 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which demonstrated an epidemiological link between pollution and autism; the researchers found that children who lived […]

Tech Times: Study links blood pressure to dementia, mental performance

High blood pressure has been linked with increased risks for heart disease and stroke which explains why health experts recommend against food and lifestyle practices that could elevate blood pressure levels. Although many young and middle-age individuals do not care about their blood pressure levels, a new study suggests the importance of keeping tabs of […]

WebMD: Blood Pressure History May Affect Brain in Old Age

A new study suggests that having low blood pressure in later years may be linked with worse memory, at least in those diagnosed with high blood pressure in middle age. On the other hand, researchers linked high blood pressure in later life with greater risk of brain lesions for people who didn’t have high blood pressure in their middle […]