Brain Research

Daily Beast: Study Says Half of Jailed NYC Teens Have History of Brain Injury

The incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion in America’s youth is likely underreported. Still today, some children are told to “walk off” a blow to the head or shake off having had their “bell rung.” Though the nation’s athletic community is more cognizant of these issues than ever before, brain injuries require improved […]

Red Orbit: Sleep Disorder Linked To Brain Disease

Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. “Rapid-eye-movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is not just a precursor but also a critical warning sign of neurodegeneration that can lead to brain disease,” says […]

HealthDay: Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

People with abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain may be less likely to suffer a stroke or die if they don’t undergo any procedures to correct the problem, new research suggests. The study included 204 patients in Scotland who had these types of abnormal connections — called “brain arteriovenous malformations” or bAVMs […]

Weill Cornell: “Chaperone” Compounds Offer New Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatment

A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), Weill Cornell Medical College, and Brandeis University has devised a wholly new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease involving the so-called retromer protein complex. Retromer plays a vital role in neurons, steering amyloid precursor protein (APP) away from a region of the cell where […]

Family Practice News: Asymptomatic Stenosis Could Cause Cognitive Impairment

Asymptomatic carotid stenosis may not be asymptomatic after all. Patients with a stenosis of 50% or more performed significantly worse on cognitive tests than did those without. Those cognitive issues were very likely clinically significant as well, according to a study to be presented April 30 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of […]

HealthLineNews: Is ‘Sluggish Cognitive Tempo’ a New Disorder or an Extension of ADHD?

More than six million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that number has been increasing steadily in recent years. Now, some mental health researchers are pushing for acceptance of a second attention disorder, raising concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment of these types of conditions. Known as sluggish […]

Express: Could fish oils help children with ADHD?

The trial, just published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, found when the omega oil pill is used alongside prescription medicines doses can be reduced, which lowers the risk of side effects. Researchers concluded the combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is “an effective, well-tolerated treatment for children with ADHD”. The findings are so […]

The Scientist: Does Brain Training Work?

Companies hawking brain-training games have enjoyed massive success in recent years. Joe Hardy, the vice president of research and development at Lumosity—one of the most well-known of these companies—told The Scientist in an e-mail that his firm has more than 50 million subscribers. These ventures bank on consumers’ expectations of cognitive benefits from brain training, but the […]

Discover Magazine: Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right

Why might there be a relationship between memory and gesture? An intriguing (if still somewhat fuzzy) theory holds that gestures free up working memory. Speech production requires what psychologists call “thinking for speaking”—that is, putting the message we want to communicate into the appropriate structures, words, and sounds. Gestures may help us organize our thoughts, […]

USA Today: Study Shows Long-Term Damage from Repeated Head Hits

Repeated blows to the head common in sports or combat cause structural damage to the brain that fails to clear up even after a rest period of six months, according to a small study that looked at college football players.The research adds to evidence from other findings suggesting that treatment procedures — pulling football players […]