Brain Disease

Forbes: Why does depression tend to increase during the holidays?

During the holidays, there is an increase in the number of activities, tasks, and social events that people must manage. Shopping and gift-buying can cause financial and emotional stress and can create a need to manage crowds, traffic, and malls or large stores. Family, school, neighborhood, and work celebrations and parties create social, time, and […]

Science Magazine: Out-of-sync brain waves may explain why we get forgetful as we age

Our brains don’t rest when we sleep. Electrical waves ripple through our noggins as our neurons talk to each other. Now, researchers have shown that when these waves don’t interact properly, we can lose our long-term memory. The work may help explain why older adults are so forgetful, and it could lead to new therapies […]

Science Trends: Researchers find healthy mitochondria can combat Alzheimer’s

There are many debilitating diseases that afflict humans. We are faced with numerous afflictions that do not have a cure as of yet. One of the most commonly known is cancer, which includes a range of different types. We have effective means of treating and getting rid of cancer, but we have nothing to prevent […]

The Atlantic: Even small amounts of alcohol impair memory

Sleep, especially the REM phase when dreams occur, is when memories get cemented into our minds. Alcohol blocks REM sleep, and as a result, says University of California, Berkeley, professor Matthew Walker, drinking can make you forget new information—even if the drinking happens days after the learning took place. (December 15, 2017) Read the full […]

ALS News Today: ALS affects more brain regions than just the movement control area, study shows

Scientists have long believed that ALS was confined to one area of the brain, but an Irish study shows it affects a number of regions. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin’s Academic Unit of Neurology used electroencephalography, or EEG, to record patients’ brain activity. They discovered that nerve cell communication was lower than normal in some […]

Medical News Today: From brain to lips: What causes stuttering?

We already know that stuttering is linked with unbalanced brain activity, but the nitty-gritty of the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. But now, researchers offer new explanations about the brain’s role in stuttering. (December 14, 2017) Read the full article here

Reader’s Digest: This one surprising habit could put your brain at risk of dementia

While some of the biggest dementia risk factors—age and family history—are beyond your control, it’s no secret that certain daily habits can seriously up your dementia risk. That said, you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise on the regular. So there’s no way your occasional forgetfulness could turn into an early […]

Newsweek: Want more brain energy? Try this diet, which could prevent Alzheimer’s, too

What doesn’t kill brain cells might make them stronger. The brain cells of mice who regularly fast may grow more than usual once they get food again, according to research presented at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in November and first reported by New Scientist. (December 12, 2017) Read the full article here

Science Daily: How social networking keeps people healthy

Have you ever wanted to tell someone about a tough day at work or scary medical news, but felt nervous about calling a friend to share what’s going on? Findings from a new study suggest that people who feel apprehensive about one-on-one interactions are taking advantage of a new form of communication that may help […]

News-Medical: Taurine could boost effectiveness of existing multiple sclerosis therapies

New research suggests that administering taurine, a molecule naturally produced by human cells, could boost the effectiveness of current multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) found that taurine helps spark a process called remyelination, which is crucial to repairing the nerve cells damaged in multiple sclerosis. (December 8, 2017) Read […]