Brain Research

Health Day: Does diabetes damage brain health?

Diabetes has been tied to a number of complications such as kidney disease, but new research has found that older people with type 2 diabetes can also have more difficulties with thinking and memory. During a five-year study, participants with diabetes showed a decline in verbal memory and fluency. (December 14, 2018) Read the full […]

News-Medical: Research: Concussion rates among young football players were higher than previously reported

New research from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5-14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5%, sustaining a football-related concussion each season. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the study summarizes the research team’s […]

Sleep Review: Addressing sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury

Disorders of sleep are some of the most common problems experienced by patients after traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to recognize and treat these problems early to allow for optimal cognitive recovery, but because they are so common, the importance of treating them is often underestimated. A special issue of NeuroRehabilitation focuses on […]

Inverse: Scientists discover a neural link between depression and insomnia

People with insomnia are twice as likely to develop depression, compared to those without insomnia. Chronic insomnia, meanwhile, may increase a person’s risk for depression. In July, scientists discovered why these two states of being appear to be intrinsically connected: They are bonded by a neural link. (December 13, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Blog: Researchers identify pathway that drives sustained pain following injury

A toddler puts her hand on a hot stove and swiftly withdraws it. Alas, it’s too late—the child’s finger has sustained a minor burn. To soothe the pain, she puts the burned finger in her mouth. Withdrawing one’s hand to avoid injury and soothing the pain of that injury are two distinct evolutionary responses, but […]

Psychology Today: The many health and sleep benefits of music

Music is a regular fixture in my daily life. I listen to music to keep me motivated while I exercise, to relax and distract me when I travel, and for a quick creativity boost when I’m writing. My family—especially my kids—have music playing around the house all the time. I also use relaxing music to […]

Scientific American: How the brain’s face code might unlock the mysteries of perception

Doris Tsao launched her career deciphering faces—but for a few weeks in September, she struggled to control the expression on her own. Tsao had just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award, an honour that comes with more than half a million dollars to use however the recipient wants. But she was sworn to secrecy—even when […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers find the cause of and cure for brain injury associated with gut condition

Using a mouse model of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)—a potentially fatal condition that causes a premature infant’s gut to suddenly die—researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have uncovered the molecular causes of the condition and its associated brain injury. The discovery enabled the team to combine efforts with colleagues studying brain inflammation and to identify potential […]