Brain Health

Philly: Prenatal Fish Oil Supplements May Not Boost Child’s Brain Health, Study Finds

Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit from the intervention. One expert not connected to the study wasn’t surprised by the results. “It is very appealing to say to a woman that if she takes a pill […]

New Scientist: Blood protein rejuvenates brain and muscle in old mice

A protein in blood can repair age-related damage in the brains and muscles of old mice, returning them to a more youthful state. Last year, the protein, called growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), was found to have a restorative effect on mouse hearts. If it does a similar job in humans, it could have huge potential […]

Sun Sentinel: South Florida researchers investigate if diabetes drug can prevent Alzheimer’s

Is part of what’s called the TOMORROW study, Cleveland Clinic in Weston is looking to enroll 120 participants, ages 65 to 83, without any serious medical conditions including diabetes or Alzheimer’s. Research has been showing such a strong connection between the two conditions that some scientists are calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 diabetes,” said Dr. H. Murray […]

Scientific Computing: FDA Approval of Video Games to Improve Cognition in Older People

The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2014 keynote, “Video Games and the Future of Cognitive Enhancement” by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, addressed the goal of improving quality of life as people age. Scientists have found that playing video games improves users’ mental speed and agility in real […]

Michigan State University: Memory lapses are normal cognitive changes that come with aging

Michigan State University Extension recommends staying mentally active and including daily physical activity as healthy lifestyle choices to improve memory. Eat low-fat protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains to provide the nutrients needed to keep your brain sharp. Watch what you drink – too little water or too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory […]

The Guardian: Neanderthals were not less intelligent than modern humans, scientists find

Scientists have concluded that Neanderthals were not the primitive dimwits they are commonly portrayed to have been. The view of Neanderthals as club-wielding brutes is one of the most enduring stereotypes in science, but researchers who trawled the archaeological evidence say the image has no basis whatsoever. They said scientists had fuelled the impression of Neanderthals being […]

Post & Courier : Brain injuries in children can have tragic consequences

We have long feared that concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) could be more damaging for adolescents since their brains are still developing. A younger patient with a traumatic brain injury could be more likely to suffer repeat injuries and risk persistent headaches, memory loss and more. A study published this month in the […]

The Health Site: Diabetes may shrink brain by two years in a decade

What has diabetes to do with your brain? Well, it may shrink your brain by two years every decade, an alarming research has indicated. It is the first such study linking diabetes to a change in the size of the brain. ‘Our research found that patients having more severe diabetes had less brain tissue, suggesting […]

New Scientist: Fiber sends appetite-suppressing molecule to the brain

It seems fibre really does go a long way. One of its breakdown products can ride through the blood stream of mice before settling in the brain, where it helps control hunger. Much research into appetite has focused on the role that hormones play, but in the last few years researchers have found that mice can lose […]