Brain Education

BBC: Being overweight ‘ages people’s brains’

The brains of overweight people look “10 years older” than those of leaner peers, a study has found. Brains naturally lose white matter – the part of the brain that transmits information – as people age. (August 4, 2016) Read the full article here

UPI: Part of brain that adapts to hearing loss identified

Although researchers understood that as parts of the brain responsible for hearing age and decline, other parts of the brain pick up the slack. Until now, however, they were not sure what parts those were. (August 4, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Study reveals brain’s finely tuned system of energy supply

New research out today in the journal Neuron reveals how the brain is able to meet its massive energy demands with a “just in time” system that delivers oxygen that fuels nerve cells. The findings could shed light on diseases like Alzheimer’s and help explain the cognitive decline that accompanies the disease. (August 4, 2016) […]

Psych Central: Brain Health: Use it or lose it to preserve memory

New research suggests a link between a specific brain protein and maintaining memory. The catch, however, is that the protein must be available in a sufficient quantity. The good news is that higher levels of brain activity appear to boost protein availability. (August 5, 2016) Read the full article here

BBC: Brain’s thirst circuit ‘monitors the mouth’

Scientists have glimpsed activity deep in the mouse brain which can explain why we get thirsty when we eat, and why cold water is more thirst-quenching. A specific “thirst circuit” was rapidly activated by food and quietened by cooling down the animals’ mouths. (August 4, 2016) Read the full article here

Big Think: Scientists create wireless neural dust to monitor health and treat disorders

Scientists from the University of California at Berkeley created tiny implants that are about 3 millimeters long, 1 millimeter high, and almost a millimeter thick. That’s smaller than a grain of rice. Each such “mote” has a piezoelectric crystal that can convert power from ultrasonic pulses outside the body into electrical power. (August 3, 2016) […]

CNN: What a concussion looks like in the brain, on the cellular level

Scientists have captured in real-time video what happens to a brain cell after experiencing a major concussion-causing impact. The detailed video was created as part of a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports on Tuesday. (August 2, 2016) Read the full article here

Huffington Post: These brain health tips will take a load off your mind

If there is one thing that worries us more than ageing or cancer, it’s the thought of losing our mind to Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. Keeping your brain in shape in the best investment you can ever make to stay sharp, focused and happy at any age, and it all starts with […]