Brain Research

Huffington Post: Recalibrating the Mind of Our Nation’s Warriors

The time for action is now to address the immense needs of our nation’s warfighters. Every day we fail to act, more lives are lost to suicide than killed in action from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. And for those warriors returning to civilian life, estimates suggest many face the signature health issues of […]

Mashable: Your Next Psychologist May Prescribe ‘The Legend of Zelda’

When Carly McCullar, 32, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult, she wanted to improve her social and communication skills before heading into the next stage of her life. Never having received such help before, she volunteered to participate in a unique treatment program: virtual reality. The program, a collaborative effort from gaming […]

PR Web: New Brain Research into Decision-Making Models Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal

New brain pathway research that advances our understanding of the processes that go into everyday decision-making has been released, offering up new ways of understanding the human condition. The study creates models for understanding individuals’ emotional and behavioral pathways during the decision-making process. In addition, the study applies Bonnstetter’s, et al.’s models to chronic anxiety, […]

Science Daily: Association Between Air Toxics, Childhood Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers’ pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition, according to the preliminary findings of a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children […]

Medical Xpress: Bipolar Disorder Discovery at the Nano Level

A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness. Scientists used a new super-resolution imaging method—the same method recognized with the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry—to peer deep into brain tissue from mice with bipolar-like […]

Medical Xpress: New Insight on Why People with Down Syndrome Invariably Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute reveals the process that leads to changes in the brains of individuals with Down syndrome—the same changes that cause dementia in Alzheimer’s patients. The findings, published inCell Reports, have important implications for the development of treatments that can prevent damage in neuronal connectivity and brain […]

Examiner: New App Provides Proactive Management of Bipolar Disorder and Depression

On October 23, 2014, in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, ThriveStreams Inc. launches the ThriveTracker app. This app was designed to improve the mental health and well being of individuals affected by mood disorders such as Bipolar Disorder and Depression, as well as to reduce health care costs, decrease the rate of suicide and […]

Chicago Tribune: The Brain on Overload: Myth of Multitasking, Significance of Memory

You’re not as good at multitasking as you think you are. “We try to juggle a bunch of things at once, but multitasking is a myth,” said Daniel J. Levitin, dean of arts and humanities at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. “The brain is really shifting from one activity to the next. You’re fracturing […]

JAMA: Treatment of Generalized War-Related Health Concerns

A consistent experience across generations of veterans has been the generalized nature of postwar symptoms, often involving headaches, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, concentration/memory problems, sleep disturbance, dizziness/imbalance, palpitations, gastrointestinal symptoms, irritability, and anxiety. Also consistent across the years has been the intensity of debate as to etiology and relative contribution of physical, neurological, psychological, or environmental […]