Brain Health

Scientific Computing: FDA Approval of Video Games to Improve Cognition in Older People

The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2014 keynote, “Video Games and the Future of Cognitive Enhancement” by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, addressed the goal of improving quality of life as people age. Scientists have found that playing video games improves users’ mental speed and agility in real […]

Michigan State University: Memory lapses are normal cognitive changes that come with aging

Michigan State University Extension recommends staying mentally active and including daily physical activity as healthy lifestyle choices to improve memory. Eat low-fat protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains to provide the nutrients needed to keep your brain sharp. Watch what you drink – too little water or too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory […]

The Guardian: Neanderthals were not less intelligent than modern humans, scientists find

Scientists have concluded that Neanderthals were not the primitive dimwits they are commonly portrayed to have been. The view of Neanderthals as club-wielding brutes is one of the most enduring stereotypes in science, but researchers who trawled the archaeological evidence say the image has no basis whatsoever. They said scientists had fuelled the impression of Neanderthals being […]

Post & Courier : Brain injuries in children can have tragic consequences

We have long feared that concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) could be more damaging for adolescents since their brains are still developing. A younger patient with a traumatic brain injury could be more likely to suffer repeat injuries and risk persistent headaches, memory loss and more. A study published this month in the […]

The Health Site: Diabetes may shrink brain by two years in a decade

What has diabetes to do with your brain? Well, it may shrink your brain by two years every decade, an alarming research has indicated. It is the first such study linking diabetes to a change in the size of the brain. ‘Our research found that patients having more severe diabetes had less brain tissue, suggesting […]

New Scientist: Fiber sends appetite-suppressing molecule to the brain

It seems fibre really does go a long way. One of its breakdown products can ride through the blood stream of mice before settling in the brain, where it helps control hunger. Much research into appetite has focused on the role that hormones play, but in the last few years researchers have found that mice can lose […]

Counsel Heal: Extreme Sleep Durations Affects Brain Health In Later Life, Study Finds

A new study led by Brigham and Women’s hospital (BWH) has found an association between midlife and later life sleeping patterns with memory. According to the study, extreme sleep durations worsen memory in later life. The study found that women who slept five or fewer hours, or nine of more hours per day, either in midlife […]

Offaly Express: Go Mediterranean for a Brain-Healthy Diet

Eating fruit and vegetables means your diet is high in antioxidant vitamins (that is Vitamins A, C and E), these basically work by protecting against the oxidative damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This is probably the reason why they show a ‘protective’ influence on the brain. However, before you start popping the vitamin pills, most current research […]

The Legal Examiner: Study Finds Link between Testosterone Therapy and Brain Health Damage in Some Men

A study released by the University of North Texas Health Center found an increased risk of brain damage among Caucasian men taking a form of testosterone therapy treatment.  The article, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, came to the conclusion that “testosterone appears to have negative consequences under conditions of elevated oxidative stress,” but only in Caucasian […]

WWMT: Brain scans give insight into ADHD

New research finds young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have disrupted brain connections. The study, published in the Journal Radiology, used a new kind of MRI scan on a group of about 60 boys, half with ADHD and half without. The MRI measured brain activity when the child was not focused on a specific […]