Brain Health

Reuters: Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause

Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don’t, according to a new review of past studies that found exercise that gets the heart rate up is best. “We found that all the studies showed that physical activity was associated with decreased rates of […]

Medicine Net: Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child’s stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. Mothers of autistic children who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less stress, anxiety and depression, report researchers at Vanderbilt University, […]

CNN: Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

“Exposing children to HCP (harsh corporal punishment) may have detrimental effects on trajectories of brain development,” one 2009 study concluded. Harsh corporal punishment in the study was defined as at least one spanking a month for more than three years, frequently done with objects such as a belt or paddle. Researchers found children who were […]

Huffington Post: The Perspective-Shifting Habit Of These Extremely Creative People

Earlier this year, Stanford University researchers found that a person’s ability to think creatively increases almost 60 percent when they abandon that office chair for a stroll around the block. And taking brief, unplugged vacations and spending time outdoors specifically have proven to help us arrive at our best ideas and improve our decision-making abilities. […]

Daily News: Try, try again? Study says no

Neuroscientists find that trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language. The young brain is equipped with neural circuits that can analyze sounds and build a coherent set of rules for constructing words and sentences out of those sounds. Once these language structures are established, it’s difficult to build another one […]

Science Daily: Children’s impulsive behavior is related to brain connectivity

The changes in the brain that are associated with impulsiveness — a personality trait that causes difficulties in inhibiting a response in the face of a stimulus and leads to unplanned actions without considering the negative consequences — has been the focus of recent study. These patterns can serve as an indicator for predicting the […]

Medscape: Mapping Technique Allows Researchers to Identify Brain Network

A new report published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed that imaging techniques can be used to identify brain patterns that are abnormal or indicate disease. Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research made use of a new image-based strategy to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical […]

Medscape: Big Rewards in Caring for Dementia Caregivers

Approximately 70% to 80% of dementia patients are cared for at home by a friend or family member. Perhaps not surprisingly, caregiver rates of depression and anxiety are high. About 40% of these individuals become clinically depressed or anxious. A brief psychological support program for family members who care for individuals with dementia dramatically reduces […]

Business Standard: How new dads’ brains react to fatherhood

Researchers have documented definite structural changes in the brains of new fathers as they spend more time with their kids. They suggested that some parts of the brain increased in size when fathers looked at their children. During the study, the research team scanned brains of 16 new fathers and found increased grey matter in […]