Brain Research

TIME: Depression Is A Risk Factor For Dementia, New Research Says

The link between depression and dementia is puzzling for researchers. Many studies have noticed a correlation between the two diseases and a 2013 review of 23 studies of about 50,000 older men and women reported that older adults suffering from depression were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and 65% more likely to […]

Medwire News: Depressive Bipolar Patients Have Highest Post-Discharge Suicide Risk

Patients hospitalized with bipolar disorder are at the greatest risk of suicide immediately after discharge, and the rate at which the risk declines depends on the illness phase, Finnish researchers report. Erkki Isomets√§ and colleagues from the University of Helsinki found that patients hospitalized with depressive episodes had the highest suicide risk immediately after discharge, […]

The Daily Beast: Researchers Have Created A New Blood Test To Predict Risk Of Suicide

With suicide, there’s often talk of “warning signs.” But a new genetic discovery could be the key to creating a blood test that could, for the first time, use DNA to determine a person’s risk of suicide. The research, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, comes from a group of Johns Hopkins University doctors […]

L.A. Times: Your Brain Is Your Joystick In Neurogaming

Lat Ware pauses to straighten his jacket and organize his chaotic mind. For Ware, who has attention deficit disorder, standing in the halls of a gaming conference as people rush by can feel like being in a hurricane of humanity. He takes a deep breath before he steps up to a passerby to pose the […]

The Hill: Bipartisan Support For The Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act

In June, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act (TBIRA), legislation to reauthorize programs that will provide resources for those with traumatic brain injury while also affording an investment in education and research around traumatic brain injury prevention. Center for BrainHealth’s Dr. Sandi Chapman shares how scientific advances […]

CBS: N.C.A.A. To Settle Class-Action Head Injury Lawsuit

The rules are changing for college athletes. A settlement between players and the NCAA will require testing for possible brain injuries. “Every single student has to have a baseline testing before we start a sport now,” says Lead Counsel Steve Berman. The NCAA will shell out 70 million dollars to fund the program. The association […]

Medical Xpress: Brain Response To Appetizing Food Cues Varies Among Obese People

People who have the most common genetic mutation linked to obesity respond differently to pictures of appetizing foods than overweight or obese people who do not have the genetic mutation, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). More than one-third of adults are obese. Obesity […]

The Daily: Research Investigating Brain Trauma Treatment

UW Professor of Surgery and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center Eileen Bulger will be the local lead investigator for an upcoming nationwide study on the effectiveness of tranexamic acid on survival and recovery after traumatic head injuries. Tranexamic acid works by slowing blood clot breakdown and is already a medication approved by the […]

SF Gate: New Tools, Treatments Being Used To Treat Stroke Patients

Bill Carey was slurring his words, the left side of his face was drooping, and he could barely lift his left arm or leg by the time he was wheeled into a surgical suite at UCSF. Unfocused and confused, he was hardly aware that he was having a stroke. He didn’t realize how serious his […]