Brain Health

US News & World Report: Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike

Life with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a “holistic” program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. “This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together,” said study lead […]

Live Science: Red Wine Compound May Improve Memory, Study Suggests

A substance found in red wine and dark chocolate that has been touted for its supposed anti-aging effects may improve people’s memory, new research suggests. In a study of overweight adults, those who took resveratrol supplements for six months had better short-term recall than their counterparts who took a placebo. The people who took the supplement also […]

Health Canal: Brain traffic jams that can disappear in 30 seconds

New study finds that blockages in fruit fly brains quickly form and dissolve; it could help treat Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases. Scientists have found that cellular blockages, the molecular equivalent to traffic jams, in nerve cells of the insect’s brain can form and dissolve in 30 seconds or less. The findings, presented in the journal […]

BBC: Sleep’s memory role discovered

The mechanism by which a good night’s sleep improves learning and memory has been discovered by scientists. The team in China and the US used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells – synapses – forming during sleep. Their study, published in the journal Science, showed even intense training could not make up for […]

King5: Sharpen your focus with brain building program

Our brains control thoughts, store memories and drive emotions. There is a lot of information for the brain to process, as the average person has about 70,000 thoughts every day. What if you could make your brain more efficient? Researcher Jennifer Zientz, MS Center for BrainHealth teaches a brain-building program called Smart Training. She said […]

Tech Times: Study links blood pressure to dementia, mental performance

High blood pressure has been linked with increased risks for heart disease and stroke which explains why health experts recommend against food and lifestyle practices that could elevate blood pressure levels. Although many young and middle-age individuals do not care about their blood pressure levels, a new study suggests the importance of keeping tabs of […]

Medical Xpress: Understanding the cognitive complexities of literacy learning

The ability to read is a fundamental prerequisite for participation in modern information-based societies. Learning to read is a long and complex process, however, and one that not all students master with ease – as studies such as PISA have shown. Individuals with functional illiteracy can find themselves excluded from many areas of life and […]

CTV News: Depression before menopause may be caused by brain protein: study

A new study suggests that elevated levels of a specific brain protein may explain why so many women experience depression during perimenopause. The work, led by Toronto scientist Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, concludes that high levels of a chemical called monoamine oxidase A, or MAO-A, may be to blame. The protein is known to break down […]