Brain Research

Medical Xpress: Compared with medical treatment, percutaneous closure procedures prevent recurrent stroke

Two systematic evidence reviews and meta-analyses show that percutaneous closure procedures prevent recurrent stroke in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO) compared with medical treatment alone. The first review was conducted by researchers from Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro, Italy and the second by researchers from the University of Tennessee, School of Medicine. Both are […]

BBC: Women ‘more likely’ to suffer winter depression and mood changes

Women are more likely than men to experience seasonal changes in their mood, researchers have found. The changes, which include depressive symptoms in winter, appear to be independent of factors such as smoking, alcohol use and physical activity. (January 9, 2018) Read the full article here

Bel Marra Health: Living close to nature may be healthier for the brain

City life is often promoted as being luxurious and exciting, but perhaps we just aren’t built for this type of constant stimulation. Bright lights, constant noise, and the increased levels of pollution city dwellers breathe in on a daily basis could be causing us more harm than good. (January 9, 2018) Read the full article […]

News-Medical: Study finds greater attention to surprise in veterans with PTSD

Fireworks on nights other than the fourth of July or New Year’s Eve might be nothing more than inconsiderate neighbors, but for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the shock of noise and light may trigger a deeply learned expectation of danger. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have found that […]

Science Blog: Monthly brain cycles predict seizures in patients with epilepsy

UC San Francisco neurologists have discovered monthly cycles of brain activity linked to seizures in patients with epilepsy. The finding, published online Jan. 8 in Nature Communications, suggests it may soon be possible for clinicians to identify when patients are at highest risk for seizures, allowing patients to plan around these brief but potentially dangerous […]

Well + Good: 6 ways to boost your brain health with food

“The brain is highly sensitive to every bite you take,” says author, filmmaker, and brain health expert Max Lugavere. He would know: After his mother was diagnosed with early dementia, Lugavere made it his mission to understand the causes of and ways to prevent the disease. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Tech Times: Human brains have ‘wi-fi’ that can explain people’s gut feelings

Our gut feelings allow us to “know” things, even if we can’t explain where this information or judgment comes from. This intuition, however, gives a sense of certainty when we make quick and sometimes important decisions such as avoiding a particular person or situation. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Cellular hitchhikers aid recovery from spinal cord injury

The healing effects of stem cells in spinal cord injury can be aided by their ability to hitch intercellular rides to specific anti-inflammatory cells called M2 macrophages, Yale researchers report. Yale University researchers had previously shown that mesenchymal stem cells harvested from bone marrow helped repair spinal cord injury in rats; however, many of the […]

Newsmax: Less than eight hours of sleep increases risk of depression

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night is linked to intrusive and repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety and depression, reports a new study.  American researchers have studied the sleep duration of people with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thinking. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Uncovering the power of glial cells

Implanted devices send targeted electrical stimulation to the nervous system to interfere with abnormal brain activity, and it is commonly assumed that neurons are the only important brain cells that need to be stimulated by these devices. However, new research reveals that it may also be important to target the supportive glial cells surrounding the […]