Brain Health

The Health Site: Your brain actually starts preparing you for motherhood!

Pregnant women show increased activity in the area of the brain related to emotional skills as they prepare to bond with their babies, according to a new study. Scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, found that pregnant women use the right side of their brain more than new mothers do when they look at […]

Business-Standard: Musical training increases blood flow in brain

Just 30 minutes of musical training can increase the blood flow in the left hemisphere of our brain which is believed to be responsible for language processing, according to a new study.  The research by the University of Liverpool in UK suggests that the areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Researchers from the University’s […]

New Scientist: Childhood memories erased by growth of new brain cells

Can’t remember that childhood blankee you toted everywhere? Blame it on all those new brain cells you were making. The formation of brain cells normally helps us learn information, but it may also come with a downside – forgetting. Few adults can remember anything from before their third birthday, a phenomenon known as childhood amnesia, but […]

HealthDay: Is Your Brain Overheating? Try Yawning

Everyone does it, but just why people yawn has remained a mystery. Now, a new study suggests that yawning might help cool an overheated brain. Austrian researchers found that the amount of yawning folks do varies with air temperature, with the practice becoming not so common as outside temperatures get either very hot or very […]

The Information Daily: Early menopause can accelerate cognitive decline

A natural or surgically-induced menopause before the age of 40 can have a negative impact on cognitive function, a study published in journal BJOG has found. The study of 4,868 women confirmed that those who experience a premature menopause are 40 per cent more likely to perform poorly in verbal fluency and visual memory tests. […]

DailyMail: How ‘baby brain’ can help mother bond with a child: Scientists discover that becoming forgetful during pregnancy has a purpose

Plenty of women will tell you that becoming a bit forgetful and emotional is part and parcel of pregnancy. And now scientists have confirmed that not only does so-called ‘baby brain’ exist – it actually has a purpose.  According to psychologists, changes in the brain during pregnancy are designed to help mothers prepare for bonding.  […]

HealthCanal: Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain

Researchers at the Psychiatric University Hospital of Zurich have now shown that psilocybin, the bioactive component in the Mexican magic mushroom, influences the amygdala, thereby weakening the processing of negative stimuli. These findings could “point the way to novel approaches to treatment” comments the lead author Rainer Krähenmann on the results which have now been […]

New York Times: Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle-Age Brain

The more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study. Encouragingly, the findings also suggest that if you negligently neglected to exercise when young, you can start now and still improve the health of your brain. Those of […]

Standard Media: Brain disorders could trigger premature onset of puberty

This is early puberty occurring before eight and nine years in girls and boys respectively.  It is of undetermined cause. It is common in girls. Brain disorders involving the part regulating pubertal changes could trigger onset of this condition. The disorders include infections, tumours and developmental abnormalities. Exposure of the hormones responsible for the pubertal changes in boys (testosterone) […]

Counsel & Heal: Yawning Chills the Brain

Yawning chills your brain out. While previous studies suggest that yawning helps boost oxygen supply, the latest study reveal that yawning keeps the brain at optimal temperature and homeostasis by cooling the organ down. In the study, researchers Jorg Massen and Kim Dusch of the University of Vienna measured contagious yawning frequencies of pedestrians outdoors in Vienna, Austria, […]