Brain Health

CNN: It’s time to get your brain in shape

From the outside, the human brain might not be much to look at. What makes it fascinating is hidden within, in the complicated circuitry of neurons that makes you who you are. Scientists are trying to understand this complex network and find the key to staying sharp as we age. In the meantime, use what […]

Game Informer: Video Gaming Changes Adolescent Brains, May Cause Addiction

A new article in the peer-reviewed Neurology Now journal explores the physical effects of extensive video game exposure on adolescents. The report reflects (and endorses) past research that identifies the positive effects of gaming, but warns about physiological changes due to excessive exposure. The article, which appears in the June/July 2014 issue of Neurology Now, examines the impact of […]

CBS Houston: Study: Prolonged Exposure To UV Rays Triggers ‘Tanning Addiction’

Daily doses of UV rays received lying out in the sun or in artificial light can lead to a “tanning addiction” that can have an effect on the brain similar to use of opioid drugs like heroin and morphine. A new study published in the journal Cell finds that repeated exposure to sunlight can lead to the […]

Daily News Egypt: Speaking two languages slows brain aging

Being bilingual improves cognitive skills and delays the onset of dementia, independent of education and immigration status, says a recently published study by the American Academy of Neurology. Bilingualism might have been the norm for early human communities, explaining the brain’s capacity to support it, the study authors wrote. People fluent in more than one […]

Newswise: Vitamin D Can Lower Weight, Blood Sugar via the Brain

Vitamin D treatment acts in the brain to improve weight and blood glucose (sugar) control in obese rats, according to a new study being presented Saturday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. “Vitamin D deficiency occurs often in obese people and in patients […]

Medical News Today: Musical training ‘improves executive brain function’

Past research has indicated that musical training in childhood may benefit the brain later in life. Now, a new study from Boston Children’s Hospital, MA, adds to the evidence, suggesting that both children and adults with musical training show improved executive brain function, compared with those who are not musically trained. Executive function is defined as […]

The Hill: Taking care of our veterans’ brain health

most exposed to this type of injury are 18 to 24 years of age. From a neurobiological point of view, their brains are still developing. Scientifically speaking, their injury is considered a pediatric acquired brain injury (PABI), because the brain is still undergoing rapid development and refinement until age 25. The long-term effects of a PABI […]

Daily Herald: Truth-telling develops like other cognitive and emotional skills

A recent study, “The Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth,” lends some statistical credibility to our assumptions. The survey found that about 92 percent of adolescents reported they had lied to their parents in the last 12 months. Similarly, 72 percent confessed they had lied to teachers. About 20 percent admitted they would […]

CBS Chicago: Neurologist: Chess A Brain-Builder For All Ages

No matter what your age, a Chicago area neurologist says chess offers a way to improve your brain. WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports researchers long have said the cognitive skills developed by playing chess help older people stave off the effects of dementia, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease. However, in a YouTube video posted by Advocate Christ […]