Brain Health

ABC News: Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds

In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones. You guessed it; those who got to […]

My Brain Test: Your Brain Loves Coffee for Good Reasons

Coffee beans are full of antioxidents. It turns out that many people receive almost all of their antioxidents from drinking coffee, with tea and bananas a distant second and third choice. While coffee is a reasonable option for antioxidant intake, vegetables and fruits are also good choices. See this expanded list of brain healthy foods. Regular coffee consumption […]

MMQBI: If You Give a Mouse a Concussion

One of the most important recent developments in the treatment of brain trauma—and by extension, the future of football—may have been discovered by a clumsy intern. Theo Roth is a St. Louis-born, Alabama-raised Stanford graduate who finagled his way into a National Institutes of Health internship in the summer of 2010, after his senior year of high school. […]

News AM: Vitamin D Associated with Brain Power

Cognitive impairment and vitamin D deficiency may be common in older adults, and the two factors can be linked, suggests new research. In a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers reported that a four-year analysis of about 3,000 healthy adults — aged 70 to 79 […]

The Daily Star: Casual Pot Use Causes Brain Abnormalities in the Young

Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between […]

Psych Centeral: Low Vitamin D Tied to Cognitive Decline in Elderly

In a new study, researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found evidence that there is an association between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time. “Although this study cannot establish a direct cause and effect relationship, it would have a huge public health implication if vitamin D supplementation could be shown to […]

Huffington Post UK: Apathy in Older People Could Be a Sign of Brain Shrinkage

Older people who show signs of apathy – a lack of emotion, interest or energy – are more likely to have smaller brain volumes than those who aren’t apathetic, a new study has revealed. “Just as signs of memory loss may signal brain changes related to brain disease, apathy may indicate underlying changes,” said Lenore J. Launer, […]