BBC: Why Alzheimer’s hits women harder than men

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015, 75-year-old Brenda Whittle still enjoys jigsaws, sewing and dancing. New activities are less appealing, but participating in Alzheimer’s research and drug trials is an exception. She’s so at ease with loud brain scans, she even falls asleep during them. Brenda is one of more than 50 million people worldwide living […]

CNN: Blood pressure linked to lesions, signs of Alzheimer’s in autopsied brains

Older people with higher-than-average blood pressure have more markers of brain disease than their average-pressure peers, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. In particular, the researchers saw increased signs of brain infarcts, or areas of dead tissue caused by a block in the blood supply to the brain, when looking at […]

The Health Site: Older adults living near greener neighborhood may ward off dementia risk

While exposure to tiny air pollution particles has known to increase the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, researchers find that older adults, especially women staying near greener neighbourhoods would have better brain health as they age. Older adults, particularly women, who are closer to greener neighbourhoods were found to have a slower decline in […]

Big Think: How physics makes your brain light up

A study has just been published that reports increased activity in, and development of, certain brain areas as a result of thinking about physics. It offers a fascinating insight into some of the specialized forms of thought that the discipline requires. Eric Brewe of Drexel University and grad student Jessica E. Bartley of Florida International […]

Newsweek: Every person’s brain is unique, like our fingerprints: Study

Just like our fingerprints, our brains are unique, according to researchers. A combination of genetic factors and our experiences shape the anatomy of our brains, a team of neuropsychologists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland has found in a study published in the journal Nature. The researchers arrived at this conclusion when they tried […]

Reuters: PTSD raises heart and stroke risk in World Trade Center cleanup crews

More than 16 years after cleanup was completed at the site of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City’s World Trade Center complex, many who worked at the disaster site still struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may also have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke as a result, researchers […]

Neurology Advisor: Dynamics of brain volume loss vary with MS progression

Brain volume loss (BVL) has nonlinear dynamics and limited reproducibility as a marker of therapeutic response in multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published online July 2 in JAMA Neurology. Magí Andorra, from the University of Barcelona in Spain, and colleagues enrolled a cohort of 140 patients who had clinically isolated syndrome or MS. […]

Science Daily: Living in areas with less sun may increase your risk of OCD

Living at higher latitudes, where there is also less sunlight, could result in a higher prevalence rate of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. “The results of this project are exciting because they provide additional evidence for a new way of thinking about OCD,” said […]