Brain Disease

Medical News Today: Migraine breakthrough: New drug halves attacks

The results of a recent study represent an “incredibly important step forward” for migraine treatment, say researchers, after it was revealed that a drug called erenumab could more than halve the number of migraine attacks for people with the condition. (November 30, 2017) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Scientists find potential neurobiological marker to help recognize PTSD patients

Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Amsterdam hope to have found a new neurobiological marker to help recognize patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Using an electroencephalogram (EEG) – a test that detects electrical activity in a person’s brain via electrodes attached to their scalp – researchers studied the brain activity of a group […]

SELF: 9 things you should know about cognitive behavioral therapy

You’ve probably heard of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the evidence-based psychotherapy treatment method focused on changing negative thoughts and behaviors. It seems to be mentioned in nearly every self-help article online: Sleep problems? Try CBT. Childhood trauma? CBT may help. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, fear of flying, hangnails? CBT is the answer for you. (November […]

Reuters: Fathers’ depression affects kids’ depression, too

Fathers who show signs of depression may be more likely to have kids who show signs of depression, especially in their teen years, according to a new study in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Previous research has shown an association between maternal depression and adolescent depression, but few studies have looked for links between fathers’ […]

Science News: Scientists are seeking new strategies to fight multiple sclerosis

James Davis used to be an avid outdoorsman. He surfed, hiked, skateboarded and rock climbed. Today, the 48-year-old from Albuquerque barely gets out of bed. He has the most severe form of multiple sclerosis, known as primary progressive MS, a worsening disease that destroys the central nervous system. Diagnosed in May 2011, Davis relied on […]

Medical Xpress: Dual virtual reality/treadmill exercises promote brain plasticity in Parkinson’s patients

A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that a therapy that combines Virtual Reality and treadmill exercise dramatically lowers the incidence of falling among Parkinson’s patients by changing the brain’s behavior and promoting beneficial brain plasticity, even in patients with neurodegenerative disease. Patients with Parkinson’s disease experience gradual neuronal loss, leading to cognitive and motor […]

NPR: Human brains have evolved unique ‘feel-good’ circuits

A brain system involved in everything from addiction to autism appears to have evolved differently in people than in great apes, a team reports Thursday in the journal Science. The system controls the production of dopamine, a chemical messenger that plays a major role in pleasure and rewards. “Humans have evolved a dopamine system that […]