Brain Health

Health Canal: Brain imaging reveals clues about chronic fatigue syndrome

Brain imaging study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome may have reduced responses, compared with healthy controls, in a region of the brain connected with fatigue. The findings suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with changes in the brain involving brain circuits that regulate motor activity and motivation. Compared with healthy controls, patients […]

Reuters: Brain activity changes seen after chemo

For some women with breast cancer, changes in brain activity while multitasking could explain “chemo brain” – reduced mental functioning that many experience after chemotherapy, Belgian researchers say. “Cognitive complaints of people increase with chemotherapy and we are trying to find out why,” said Sabine Deprez, who led the new study. “Difficulty multitasking is one […]

Fox News: Cochlear implants for children may increase risk of cognitive delays

Children with cochlear implants may experience cognitive delays, compared to those with normal hearing, according to Science World Report. In a new study at Indiana University, researchers found the hearing devices put children at risk for problems with executive functioning – such as conceptual learning, working memory and controlled attention. The study group consisted of […]

The Southern: Study says laughing can bring brain waves into mock-meditative state

Want the potential mental and physical health benefits of meditation without the work of chasing away all those intrusive thoughts and feelings? Try laughing, a new study suggests. Laughter — the real kind associated with genuine joy and mirth — sets off brain wave patterns quite similar to those generated when experienced meditators ply their […]

News4: Lack of sleep driving you crazy?

“If you don’t get enough sleep, and you get in a chronic state of that, then you look just like someone who has early-onset Alzheimer’s,” said Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for BrainHealth. Chapman says sleep helps the brain clear waste and consolidate memories. One British study found people who […]

Scientific American: Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Builds Empathy

Too many heated arguments rely on the cliché “I’m not a mind reader” to excuse one individual’s ignorance of another’s mental states. But now scientists based at the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro believe they can amplify affection by letting individuals read their own minds. The approach relies […]

India West: Indian American-Led Study Finds Gene that Boosts Memory

A new study by lead author Dr. Dena Dubal, an Indian American assistant professor of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco, has discovered that a common form of a gene long associated with long life also improves learning and memory. The findings, published May 8 in Cell Reports, could have ramifications to […]

NY Daily News: Scientists to study how mobile phones change teen brains

British scientists launched a major government-commissioned study on Tuesday into the effects of mobile phone usage on the developing brains of children. About 2,500 children from London will be tested at the age of 11 and 12, and then again two years later, to assess how their cognitive abilities develop in relation to their changing […]