Brain Health

Food for Breast Cancer: Significant improvements in chemo brain are typical within three years

Chemotherapy has been shown to produce measurable brain damage and appears to produce cognitive impairment in part by disrupting the formation of new nerve cells (neurogenesis) in the brain. Chemo brain generally improves greatly within a few years (perhaps as neurogenesis resumes), but can have lingering effects that persist for decades. However, even in such […]

Huffington Post: Mapping a Bolder Plan for the Brain

Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District writes, the European Union, in funding and supporting the Human Brain Project (HBP), has laid out a bold plan with enormous potential to help us understand the body’s most complex organ. I support this effort and commend their visionary approach to solving what we all acknowledge is […]

The Gazette: Montreal researchers make Alzheimer’s breakthrough

A Montreal team of researchers has found a genetic variant that protects against and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The study revealed that certain natural and frequent genetic variants could postpone Alzheimer’s disease by up to four years. The team from the Douglas Mental Health Institute and McGill University is led by Dr. Jules […]

UW News: Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics

Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages until about 8 months of age when their brains start to focus only on the sounds they hear around them. It’s been unclear how this transition occurs, but social interactions and caregivers’ use of exaggerated “parentese” style of speech seem to help. University of Washington […]

Yahoo: Old people almost twice as likely to memory problems due to environmental distractions

A new study has revealed that Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli). According to a study from psychologists at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University School of […]

Medscape: New Hypertension After 80 Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

New results from the 90+ Study show that new hypertension after 80 years of age is not only not a risk factor for dementia but is actually associated with reduced risk. In a longitudinal study of participants aged 90 years and older without dementia at study entry, researchers report that those who developed hypertension between […]

Science Daily: Taking B vitamins won’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Taking B vitamins doesn’t slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, conclude researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. When looking at measures of global cognitive function — or scores for specific mental processes […]

Forbes: Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exercising The Body And The Mind

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared diagnoses among patients. It destroys people’s minds, their personalities, the very essence of who they are. And once the disease has been diagnosed, there is nothing modern medicine can do to stop it. But it can be slowed, and a new study presented by researchers at the […]

AP: US Alzheimer’s rate seems to be dropping

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries – good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of […]

The Varsity: Rise in specific brain protein linked to perimenopausal depression

A recent publication by researchers at the University of Toronto asserts that clinical depression is one of these unwanted symptoms of perimenopause and proposes a contributing factor. Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at U of T, led the study, working with other scientists […]