Brain Research

Medical News Today: Which foods are best for mental well-being? It depends on your age

Meat, fruits, and vegetables – studies have suggested that these foods have the potential to boost mood and mental health. But which are best? Well, according to new research, the effects of specific foods on psychological well-being are highly dependent on a person’s age. (December 12, 2017) Read the full article here

New York Times: Curious orangutans, raised by humans, do better on cognitive tests

A lot of human beings put a high value on curiosity, like parents who want to get their children into exclusive nursery schools. Orangutans in the wild take a different approach. These great apes that live mostly alone in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra, are quite cautious, as if they had heard the adage […]

Futurity: How your brain singles out 1 sound among many

Researchers have developed a new way to find out how the brain singles out specific sounds in distracting settings, non-invasively mapping sustained auditory selective attention in the human brain. The study lays crucial groundwork to track deficits in auditory attention due to aging, disease, or brain trauma and to create clinical interventions, like behavioral training, […]

Medical Xpress: Half of people aged 40-54 have hardened arteries: study

Half of middle-aged people who are normal weight and don’t smoke or have diabetes may have clogged arteries, researchers said Thursday, urging stronger measures to lower cholesterol. A high level of so-called “bad cholesterol,” or LDL-C, is the main reason why apparently healthy individuals suffer heart attacks or strokes in middle age, said the report […]

Science Daily: How social networking keeps people healthy

Have you ever wanted to tell someone about a tough day at work or scary medical news, but felt nervous about calling a friend to share what’s going on? Findings from a new study suggest that people who feel apprehensive about one-on-one interactions are taking advantage of a new form of communication that may help […]

News-Medical: Taurine could boost effectiveness of existing multiple sclerosis therapies

New research suggests that administering taurine, a molecule naturally produced by human cells, could boost the effectiveness of current multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) found that taurine helps spark a process called remyelination, which is crucial to repairing the nerve cells damaged in multiple sclerosis. (December 8, 2017) Read […]

Huffington Post: 5 easy ways to incorporate self-care into your everyday

There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of self-care lately and for good reason. Looking after yourself can have incredible benefits on both your mental and physical health, but when life gets busy it can be easy to put your well-being on the bottom of your priority list. Luckily, there are simple and […]

Medical News Today: How can we switch off hunger in the brain? Study sheds light

Many of us think that controlling our food cravings and sticking to a diet depend largely on our willpower, but our biology has a different story to tell. Now, new research shows that a complex interplay between calories, digestion hormones, and neurons determines what we eat and when. (December 11, 2017) Read the full article […]

Science Daily: Twitter can reveal our shared mood

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have analyzed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter. These tweets were found to reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over the 24-hour day. (December 11, 2017) Read the full article here

The Health Site: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause gut dysfunction

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause gut dysfunction, which then has the potential to worsen the original brain injury, says a new study. “These results indicate strong two-way interactions between the brain and the gut that may help explain the increased incidence of systemic infections after brain trauma and allow new treatment approaches,” said lead […]