Science Daily: Study: Playing smartphone app aids concussion recovery in teens

Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal. But new research shows that teenagers who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care improved concussion symptoms and optimism more than with standard medical treatment alone. (August […]

Harvard Health: A salad a day keeps stroke away?

New research suggests that eating plenty of nitrate-rich vegetables — such as lettuce, spinach, and beets — may lower your risk of dying of a stroke or heart attack. During digestion, your body converts nitrates into nitric oxide. This compound relaxes and widens blood vessels, which helps lower blood pressure. (August 14, 2017) Read the […]

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s could be diagnosed early with sniff tests

Testing the sense of smell of people at a high risk of Alzheimer’s disease might help to provide an early diagnosis, a new study suggests. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible condition characterized by memory loss and damage of other cognitive functions. At present, there are no effective ways of diagnosing progression toward Alzheimer’s early on […]

Scientific American: Baby siblings could hold clues to autism diagnosis

In October 2010, Lisa and Eugene Jeffers learned that their daughter Jade, then nearly 2 and a half years old, has autism. The diagnosis felt like a double whammy. The parents were soon engulfed by stress from juggling Jade’s new therapy appointments and wrangling with their health insurance provider, but they now had an infant […]

Psych Central: Risky teen behavior may be exploration, not underdeveloped brain

A new review published in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience argues that teenagers’ risky behaviors may be a matter of exploration rather than the result of an under-developed brain, which is the current popular theory. In recent years, neuroscientists have proposed the theory that teenagers’ seemingly impulsive and risky behaviors may be linked to low […]

Medical News Today: White matter: The brain’s flexible but underrated superhighway

Historically, gray matter was typically considered the brain’s organ grinder, and white matter was just the monkey. But in recent years, it has become clear that the monkey is just as important as its master. Our exquisitely folded gray matter has long been the show pony of the brain; it deals with the heavy number-crunching […]

U.S. News & World Report: Givers really are happier than takers

Generosity really is its own reward, with the brain seemingly hardwired for happiness in response to giving, new research suggests. Scientists in Switzerland used brain scans to track activity in brain regions associated with socializing, decision-making and happiness. They found that even small acts of generosity — or just promising to be charitable — triggered […]