Brain Health

Medical Xpress: Brain power: New insight into how the brain regulates its blood flow

In a new study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers at Columbia Engineering report that they have identified a new component of the biological mechanism that controls blood flow in the brain. Led by Elizabeth M. C. Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering, the team has demonstrated, for the first time, […]

Fox News: Poor heart health linked to cognitive impairment

People who suffer from poor cardiovascular health are more likely to develop learning and memory problems than those who don’t have serious cardiovascular challenges, according to a new study. Researchers found that among the people in the study with the worst cardiovascular health scores, 4.6 percent had some sort of cognitive impairment, whereas 2.7 percent of people […]

Health Canal: Brain Power

In a new study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association June 12, 2014, researchers at Columbia Engineering report that they have identified a new component of the biological mechanism that controls blood flow in the brain. Led by Elizabeth M. C. Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering, the team has demonstrated, for the first time, that the vascular […]

Hutch News: Increase good fats, decrease bad fats

Our prehistoric diet, thousands of years ago, probably had much more fat than is common in today’s average diet. Some fats are very good for health, and some are not healthy at all. Certain fats are an important part of an optimal nutritional program. Fats in the diet are needed to keep the liver and […]

National Post: Aerobic exercise trumps weights, stretching for preserving memory, brain health: studies

In recent years, several studies have heralded the possibility that exercise can play a positive role in retaining memory, and not just for those over 55. Though most studies regarding exercise and memory have been conducted with older populations, researchers at Michigan State University recently published findings revealing that unfit college-age subjects performed poorer on […]

Science World report: Affordable Housing Helps Optimize Children’s Brainpower

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University examined the effects of affordable housing on the cognitive development, physical health and emotional well-being of children living in poverty. Findings revealed that while the amount of money spent on housing had no effect on a child’s physical or social health, their cognitive abilities could be harmed by inadequate surroundings. For […]

The Health Site: Your decisions depend on the background noise in your brain!

What choices we make may depend a lot on the state of the brain and random fluctuations in the brain’s background electrical noise just prior to making a decision. Decisions could be predicted based on the pattern of brain activity immediately before a decision was made, the findings showed. ‘This shows how arbitrary states in […]

Discovery News: How the Brain Awakens from Unconsciousness Becomes Clearer

Exactly what happens when people wake up from anesthesia or a coma has long baffled scientists, but now new research on rats suggests the path the brain takes to regain consciousness may be even more sophisticated than thought.  “It is commonly assumed that waking from anesthesia is a simple thing: The drugs leave the brain, and the […]

WHOTV: Exercise: ‘Food for Your Brain’

We all know exercising builds a better body.  Now, there’s evidence it builds a better mind too. “If you rest, you rust,” explained Alan Bernard, personal trainer and founder of Active Aging Fitness. Studies show aerobic fitness reduces brain cell loss in the elderly.  It can also protect against diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – […]