Brain Health

Health Day: AHA: What can the ability to balance reveal about brain health?

Stand on one leg. Can you stay that way for 20 seconds? Yoga lovers, among others, have always preached the importance of balance in health and fitness. Some experts believe that a simple one-leg test could be an indicator of problems, particularly stroke risk. (January 25, 2019) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Struggling to focus? This new brain training app may help

In a world in which our brains are almost constantly overstimulated, many of us may find it challenging to stay focused for extended periods. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have now developed an app that trains the mind to maintain concentration. (January 23, 2019) Read the full article here

Inverse: Your brain at age 20 may predict intelligence for the rest of your life

Once teens get over the intelligence hump that makes eating Tide Pods seem like a good idea, human brains are well equipped to handle the world. Still, one would hope they’d continue to gain intelligence through education and experience over the course of their lives. Unfortunately, a paper published Monday in PNAS indicates that brains […]

Science News: The cerebellum may do a lot more than just coordinate movement

Its name means “little brain” in Latin, but the cerebellum is anything but. The fist-sized orb at the back of the brain has an outsized role in social interactions, a study in mice suggests. Once thought to be a relatively simple brain structure that had only one job, coordinating movement, the cerebellum is gaining recognition […]

Forbes: Memory influences what you will eat next thanks to these brain cells

I freely admit that I ate way too much cheese on Saturday night. Now, new research suggests that my decision to reach for a small and underwhelming packet of muesli the next morning – instead of more cheese – was influenced by a collection of neurons that play an important role in personal memories. Their […]

Medical Xpress: How brains distinguish between self-touch and touch by others

The brain seems to reduce sensory perception from an area of skin when we touch it ourselves, according to a new study from Linköping University published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding increases the understanding of how the brain distinguishes between being touched by another person and self-touch. (January […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists find genes with large effects on head and brain size

Children’s heads expand steadily to accommodate their growing brains, and doctors routinely measure head circumference during the first years of life to assess healthy brain development. Children from around the world follow similar patterns of head growth, and final head size is largely achieved by the age of six years. (January 21, 2019) Read the […]