Brain Health

Bloomberg Businessweek: Your Brain Can Help Scientists Find Cure for Alzheimer’s

Scientists are short of brains. Not that they lack smarts. Rather, they need more tissue they can study to better understand — and maybe, someday, treat — diseases of the mind as well as head injuries. As dementia diagnoses rise, more athletes get concussions and more soldiers return from war with trauma, the drive to […]

Science Daily: Marijuana dependence alters the brain’s response to drug paraphernalia

New research demonstrates that drug paraphernalia triggers the reward areas of the brain differently in dependent and non-dependent marijuana users. By letting users handle a marijuana pipe while in an fMRI, researchers found that areas of brain activation in the dependent users suggests a more emotional connection than in non-dependent users. Non-dependent users had greater […]

Nature World News: Regular Use of Fish Oil Pill can Reduce Rate of Cognitive Decline

Fish oil supplements or omega-3 fatty acid pills are considered to be effective in improving memory and even reducing decline of cognitive abilities in older people. However, there is considerable doubt over the efficacy of these supplements. Data for the study came from Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). The study participants underwent a series of […]

CNN: Playing games boosts your brain volume

Playing games may boost your brain volume, according to new research presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Middle-aged people who were avid game-players (think crosswords, checkers, cards) tended to have bigger brains than people who did not play games, according to a recent study that looked at brain scans. […]

Bioscience Technology: Study Pinpoints Damage Alcohol Causes to the Brain

New research has identified, for the first time, the structural damage at a molecular level that excessive alcohol abuse causes to the brain. The study, led by The University of Nottingham, detected the loss and modification of several key cellular proteins in the brains of alcoholics. Published in the academic journal PloS ONE, the research […]

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 […]