News-Medical: Gut-brain axis and neuropsychological disorders

The gastrointestinal system is considered our largest immune organ, but some of its products may be pathogenic to the central nervous system. This is explained by the existence of a gut-brain axis, which is a complex two-way communication network between the gastrointestinal system, its resident microbiota and the brain, that has a role in modulating […]

Science Daily: Power stations in cells may protect brain against Parkinson´s

A Norwegian study shows that impairment in mitochondria may actually protect the brain in Parkinson’s disease. Mitochondria are microscopic power stations found inside our cells. They convert foodstuffs (nutrients) into fuel, providing our bodies with the energy they need. (January 16, 2018) Read the full article here

Forbes: 14 things emotionally intelligent people do in times of high stress

Everyone has stressful days in and out of the office, and it’s natural to have a negative emotional response in these situations. However, a person with high emotional intelligence (EQ) is self-aware enough to recognize those feelings and talk themselves down before they get pushed over the proverbial edge. (January 16, 2018) Read the full […]

Science Blog: Brain food: How hunger impacts education

We all know it’s hard to focus when you’re hungry. Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education are working across several fields to figure out why that is, how much it matters in the classroom and what we can do to make sure all children are well-fed and ready to learn. (January […]

Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath Did you know your brain has what scientists call a “breathing pacemaker” in your brainstem? This neural circuit can be adjusted by breathing rhythm, which in turn influences emotional reactions to stress. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, one of the most basic things we […]

TIME: Do this one simple thing to fall asleep faster

If you lie awake at night because your mind won’t stop racing, taking five minutes before bed to write out a to-do list for the next day might help you get more shuteye. In a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, people who wrote down future tasks they wanted to accomplish fell asleep faster […]

Science Daily: The brain’s GPS has a buddy system

Brain cells that reflect self position relative to others have been identified in the rat hippocampus. Sometimes these representations are processed jointly by the same cells, depending on a rat’s goals and actions. This discovery deepens our understanding of the hippocampus and its role as the brain’s positioning system. (January 11, 2018) Read the full […]

BBC: When personality changes from bad to good

That a brain injury could lead to this kind of personality change may sound far-fetched, but consider the real-life “Patient 3534”, a woman who had a brain tumour removed at the age of 70, leaving damage to the front of both sides of her brain. According to her husband, who’d known her for 58 years, […]

Medical News Today: What is Parkinsonism?

Parkinsonism is a disease that occurs when a person has symptoms and brain dysfunction commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease but also has other symptoms related to an additional condition or cause. A person who has Parkinsonism will also have another disorder that causes additional neurological symptoms, ranging from dementia to the inability to look up […]