Brain Health

Science Daily: Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejection

In a study of sleep-deprived versus well-rested individuals, researchers found that the brains of those lacking sufficient sleep exhibited heightened activity in areas that deal with perceived human threats and a shutdown of areas that encourage social interaction. People shown videos of sleep-deprived individuals felt more alienated, suggesting that antisocial feelings are contagious. This is […]

The New York Times: Why sitting may be bad for your brain

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in brain blood flow and […]

TIME: This may be the secret to feeling younger and living longer

Studies suggest that feeling younger may actually help you live to be older. Now, new research points to a way to keep that youthful state of mind, at least for elderly adults: feel in control. “On days when you felt above your average control perceptions — you felt more controlled for you — you tended […]

Science Daily: Adult-child conversations strengthen language regions of developing brain

Young children who are regularly engaged in conversation by adults may have stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language, according to a study of healthy young children that confirms a hypothesis registered with the Open Science Framework. This finding was independent of parental income and education, suggesting that talking with children from […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists turn unexpected brain study results into research tool

Puzzled by their experimental results, a team of scientists from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital investigated why a research tool that was expected to suppress neuronal activity actually was stimulating it. Their findings led them to modify the research tool in ways that minimize the undesired effects, transforming it into a more […]

Live Science: Your brain contains magnetic particles, and scientists want to know why

In a remote forest laboratory in Germany, free from the widespread pollution found in cities, scientists are studying slices of human brains. The lab’s isolated location, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Munich, gives the researchers the opportunity to examine a bizarre quirk of the brain: the presence of magnetic particles deep within the organ’s tissues. […]

Tech Times: Exercise is good for the brain too, but too much will be bad for it

Exercise is not only good for the body, but also for the brain, though scientists have cautioned that too much of it would have a negative effect on mental health. A recent report revealed that a teen was hospitalized after being diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis for working out too much. (August 10, 2018) Read the full […]

U.S. News & World Report: Childhood brain tumor treatment may hamper adult survivors

More than half of adults who survived childhood brain and spinal cord cancers don’t live fully independent lives, a new study finds. Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., assessed more than 300 survivors in areas such as employment, marital status, ability to drive, independent living and need for help with routine […]

Harvard Medical School: New view into the brain’s diversity

Researchers have generated a cellular atlas of the mouse brain based on the gene expression profiles of nearly 700,000 individual cells covering nine major brain regions.  The new atlas, reported Aug. 9 in Cell, opens a window into the brain’s remarkable diversity of cells, provides a starting point for studying how genes and genetic variants […]