Brain Research

CBS News: Long-Term Marijuana Use Can Lead to Brain Damage, Study Shows

New research suggests that marijuana use can deteriorate the part of the brain responsible for decision-making. Dr. David Agus joins “CBS This Morning” from Los Angeles to discuss the study. Click more to watch the segment. (November 11, 2014) Read the full article here  

U.S. News & World Report: Manage Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in College

Mike Rials needed to sit in the back, on a row near the exit, in a college class with more than 50 people. Heart pounding, palms sweaty and overcome with anxiety, he would leave 10 minutes in if he couldn’t get a back seat. “I couldn’t focus on the teacher or anything that was going […]

U.S. News & World Report: Should You Let Your Kid Play Football?

You’re a huge football fan. Sundays are spent parked in front of the TV watching crushing blow after crushing blow without really thinking about the concussion or other injury risks for the players, except as it pertains to your fantasy team. But what do you do when your son or daughter says they want to […]

The New York Times: Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Research on the brain is surging. The United States and the European Union have launched new programs to better understand the brain. Scientists are mapping parts of mouse, fly and human brains at different levels of magnification. Technology for recording brain activity has been improving at a revolutionary pace. The National Institutes of Health, which […]

The Fiscal Times: Why a “Walkable” City Is Good for Your Mental Health

It’s well known that living in an easy-to-walk community can improve your health. A new study from the University of Kansas has found that walkable neighborhoods also encourage cognition such as better memory in older adults. “The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults,” according to a press […]

RedOrbit: Anxiety Can Damage The Brain And Speed The Onset Of Alzheimer’s

A new study, led by the Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute, has found that anxiety significantly increases the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) converting to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, published online in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, reveal that anxiety symptoms in patients with MCI increase the risk of a speedier decline […]

NECN: New App Helps Veterans Recover From Brain Injuries

It may look like a child’s memory game or the next addictive iPad app, but the brain games presented on “Constant Therapy” are much more than they appear. The app, developed at Boston University, is the latest tool to try to treat patients with traumatic brain injury. “Constant Therapy provides a mobile solution that is […] Multitasking Is Not Only Ineffective, But It Might Also Damage Your Brain

Most of the time, multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality you’re actually wasting time switching from one task to another. So many people — especially millennials — believe multitasking is a skill they have perfected and will proudly proclaim how much more effective they are because of it. Sadly, […]

CBS Local: Experts Look For Ways To Treat ‘Chemo Brain’

Coping with breast cancer is never easy and recovering from the treatment can also be hard on the body. However, new tests are underway to relieve the effects of a condition called “chemo brain.” Clinical social worker Saundra Weller is part of an Inova-based program called Life with Cancer. They offer wellness programs like yoga […]