Brain Disease

UPI: Kids with psych disorders most likely to take dangerous viral challenges

The “choking game” — and other clearly ill-advised and dangerous internet challenges — leave many parents wondering what drives teens to take the bait and participate. Now, a new study suggests that an underlying psychological disorder may be one reason why some kids jump at online dares such as the “Bird Box” challenge, where people […]

U.S. News & World Report: Deep brain stimulation may bring relief for people with epilepsy

A new treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people with certain forms of epilepsy who continue to experience seizures despite trying several different anti-epileptic medications. The treatment, called deep brain stimulation, or DBS, was first developed to help people with Parkinson’s disease or tremor. Recent research has shown that it […]

TIME: Can exercise prevent depression? Here’s what the science says

Ask anyone who’s ever felt better after a workout, and they’ll tell you that exercise and mental health are related. Science backs up that gut feeling. Many studies have found that physical activity is linked to a lower risk of developing depression, and better outcomes for people who have it. (January 25, 2019) Read the […]

Medical News Today: Even low-level activity may help reduce dementia risk

Recent research suggests that doing even low-intensity physical activity allows older people to reduce their risk of dementia. Several factors can affect a person’s chance of developing dementia. Some of the factors, such as age and genetics, are unavoidable. (January 25, 2019) Read the full article here

Spectrum: New brain maps hint at cerebellum’s role in cognition, language

A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum at the level of networks of neurons. It also shows how the brain region may cooperate with other regions to govern complex thought. The results could help researchers pinpoint parts of the cerebellum that are involved in autism. (January 25, 2019) Read the full […]

Science Daily: Genetic risk for ADHD manifest in brain structure in childhood

There is only scant scientific evidence on whether the genetic risk for developing specific psychiatric disorders or cognitive traits is manifest in brain structure from childhood and, to date, studies have focused primarily on adult populations. The question remains unanswered. (January 24, 2019) Read the full article here

UPI: Scientists may be able to restore Alzheimer’s disease memory loss

Researchers may have identified a method for restoring memory to people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. A team of researchers temporarily reversed epigenetic factors in mice that cause memory loss during Alzheimer’s progression, they report in research published Tuesday in Brain: A Journal of Neurology. (January 23, 2019) Read the full article […]