Brain Health

Forbes: Restless Sleep Disorder Linked To Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

A little-known sleep disorder that causes you to act out your dreams can predict the future onset of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or another brain disease, new research shows. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of people who develop Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder will develop degenerative brain disease within the near future, says researcher John Peever, […]

Psych Central: Brain Risk from Fluctuating Blood Pressure

Older people whose blood pressure fluctuates more than average are at a higher risk of impaired cognitive function, recent research suggests. Dr. Simon Mooijaart of Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, and colleagues explain that elements of the vascular system (arteries, veins and capillaries) may contribute to the development and progression of dementia. They point […]

MedWire: Community living linked to improved cognition in schizophrenia

Chronically institutionalized patients with schizophrenia show cognitive improvement when they move to community-based living, Japanese research shows. “These results suggest that care settings affect the course of cognition, and addressing these conditions may lead to a certain degree of cognitive improvement even among schizophrenia patients who have been chronically institutionalized”, write Takahiro Nemoto (Toho University […]

Science Codex: First brain images of African infants enable research into cognitive effects of nutrition

Brain activity of babies in developing countries could be monitored from birth to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction, using a new technique piloted by a London-based university collaboration. The cognitive function of infants can be visualised and tracked more quickly, more accurately and more cheaply using the method, called functional near infra-red spectroscopy […]

HealthLineNews: Is ‘Sluggish Cognitive Tempo’ a New Disorder or an Extension of ADHD?

More than six million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that number has been increasing steadily in recent years. Now, some mental health researchers are pushing for acceptance of a second attention disorder, raising concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment of these types of conditions. Known as sluggish […]

Express: Could fish oils help children with ADHD?

The trial, just published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, found when the omega oil pill is used alongside prescription medicines doses can be reduced, which lowers the risk of side effects. Researchers concluded the combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is “an effective, well-tolerated treatment for children with ADHD”. The findings are so […]

Discover Magazine: Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right

Why might there be a relationship between memory and gesture? An intriguing (if still somewhat fuzzy) theory holds that gestures free up working memory. Speech production requires what psychologists call “thinking for speaking”—that is, putting the message we want to communicate into the appropriate structures, words, and sounds. Gestures may help us organize our thoughts, […]