Brain Disease

Science Daily: 3-D mini brains accelerate research for repairing brain function

Hospitals are making mini brains from human stem cells, putting researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system after injury or disease of the brain and spinal cord. Researchers have developed a new system to reduce the time it takes to grow these brain models, which will give them the ability to screen […]

BBC News: Babies’ brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. (December 6, 2017) Read the full article here

Spectrum: Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

Anxiety exacerbates social communication problems in children with autism — and not the other way around, a new study suggests1. The results indicate that treating anxiety early on may ease communication problems later in life. Anxiety is common among people with autism2. The new study negates the popular notion that the social problems of autism […]

CNN: Smokers are 7 times more likely to use marijuana daily, study says

Smoking cigarettes and daily use of cannabis are strongly linked in the United States, research says. Smokers, overall, are seven times more likely to use pot daily than non-smokers, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. This relationship was found to be especially strong among young people between the […]

Medical News Today: BMI: A double-edged sword in your risk of dementia

An analysis of international data on more than a million people who were followed over time confirms two links between BMI and dementia — one ties midlife obesity to higher risk, and the other ties being underweight near disease onset to higher risk. A report on the longitudinal study, which was conducted by researchers across […]

Science Daily: New Alzheimer’s animal model more closely mimics human disease

Making an AD mouse model that incorporates both A-beta and tau pathologies in a more AD-relevant context has been greatly sought after but difficult to accomplish. Now, researchers have done that and it’s a big step for AD research, which will allow for new therapies to be tested in a more realistic context. (December 4, […]

Reuters: Prescription video games help children with ADHD in trial

Playing tailor-made video games can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results from a pivotal clinical trial announced on Monday. The U.S. company developing the treatment, unlisted Akili, now plans to file for regulatory approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the first half of 2018, paving the way […]

ABC News: Teens and smart phone addiction

A recent study on teenagers shows a link between smart phone addiction and depression, anxiety and insomnia. Now when you hear that ring or that text alert your brain releases dopamine and so research has showed us that 50% of teens admit that they are addicted to their cell phones and they show symptoms of […]

CNN: Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain

You may be one of the growing number of Americans (or global citizens) who has a bit of nomophobia. “Nomophobia?” you mutter as you read this on your ever-present smartphone. “Of course not. “NO MObile PHOne phoBIA” is a 21st-century term for the fear of not being able to use your cell phone or other […]