Brain Disease

Los Angeles Time: Your aging brain: Is it ‘use it or lose it’?

Yes, your brain is like a muscle: If you don’t strengthen and stretch its capacities, it will not deliver high performance. But your brain is not like one of those forgiving muscles that lets you engage in a lifetime of indolence and then perks up willingly when you take up weight-training upon retirement. No, your […]

Science Daily: Improved treatment of anxiety disorders

Traumatic experiences can become deeply entrenched in a person’s memory. How can fears following a traumatic event be reduced in the long term and prevented from becoming a permanent stress-related disorder? Researchers have recently shed new light on these questions. (December 11, 2018) Read the full article here

Health 24: Stimulating one brain area may ease tough-to-treat depression

Electrical stimulation of a certain part of the brain may offer a new option for “treatment-resistant” depression, a small new study suggests. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that 25 patients with moderate-to-severe depression gained significant improvement in their mood after electrical stimulation of a brain region called the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). […]

Medical News Today: Parkinson’s: Dietary compound moves toxic protein from gut to brain

A recent study in rats reveals that a now-banned herbicide and a common food-derived chemical can work together to produce symptoms similar to those present in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition. Brain cells in the substantia nigra — a region vital for motor control — slowly break down. (December 10, 2018) Read […]

News-Medical: Episodic memory tests help in predicting brain atrophy and Alzheimer’s disease

Use of two episodic memory tests help in predicting brain atrophy and Alzheimer’s disease, as indicated by a study carried out at the University of Helsinki and the University of California. Researchers suggest that comprehensive use of memory tests could improve the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease. (December 10, 2018) Read […]

Medical Xpress: New generation of therapeutics based on understanding of aging biology show promise for Alzheimer’s disease

A scientific strategy that explores therapeutic targets based on the biology of aging is gaining ground as an effective approach to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the December 7, 2018 online issue of Neurology. A comprehensive review of the clinical trial landscape, including current agents being studied for the prevention […]

Reuters: Brain implants might one day help paralyzed patients use tablets

Paralyzed people might one day be able to operate smartphones and tablets just by thinking about the actions they want to perform, with help from sensors implanted in their brains, a recent experiment suggests. While previous experiments have had some success using brain sensors paired with customized computers to help paralyzed patients type up to […]

Medical News Today: OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

A large review of existing neuroscientific studies unravels the brain circuits and mechanisms that underpin obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers hope that the new findings will make existing therapies more effective, “or guide new treatments.” (December 6, 2018) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Infections in the young may be tied to risk for mental illness: Study

Could an infection make your child or teen prone to mental health issues? New research from Denmark suggests it’s possible. “The findings linking infections with mental disorders in the developing brain do add more knowledge to this growing field, showing that there exists an intimate connection between the body and the brain,” said lead researcher […]