News-Medical: New study discovers key brain circuit implicated in social behavior

A new study by researchers at Roche in Basel, Switzerland has identified a key brain region of the neural circuit that controls social behavior. Increasing the activity of this region, called the habenula, led to social problems in rodents, whereas decreasing activity of the region prevented social problems. (January 11, 2018) Read the full article […]

Scientific American: The prevalence of autism in the U.S. appears steady

The prevalence of autism in the United States remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis. The results were published January 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers report the frequency of autism in the U.S. as 2.24 percent in 2014, 2.41 percent in 2015 and 2.76 […]

Science Daily: Genetic ‘switches’ behind human brain evolution

Researchers have developed the first map of gene regulation in human neurogenesis, the process by which neural stem cells turn into brain cells and the cerebral cortex expands in size. The scientists identified factors that govern the growth of our brains and, in some cases, set the stage for several brain disorders that appear later […]

Women’s Health: Would you be able to recognize these 4 brain tumor symptoms?

Our cover star Maria Menounos. Actress Kate Walsh. Brittany Maynard, the woman at the center of the right-to-die debate who moved to Oregon to take her own life in 2014. When young, healthy women are stricken with brain tumors, it makes the news. But primary brain tumors—those that start and stay in the brain—like the […]

Fast Company: How to teach your brain something it won’t forget a week later

Of all the things you learned in school, chances are the right way to learn wasn’t one of them. To make it through academic life, most of us opt for what psychologists call “massed practice,” better known as cramming: It’s Monday and your test is Friday, so you save studying for the night before. One […]

Medical News Today: How to boost your brain

Do you want to improve your mind in 2018? We have compiled the best methods to boost brain power, improve memory, build new neural connections, ignite learning, and enhance cognitive function. (January 10, 2018) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Impact of craniosacral therapy on concussion and mild TBI symptoms among football players

This invited commentary references a preliminary study in which the integrative medicine technique known as CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was tested on a group of ex-National Football League (NFL) players who showed significant improvement in range of motion, pain, sleep, and cognitive function. The need for more clinical research data to better understand the potential effectiveness […]

Science Daily: Altered voice processing in young children with autism and delayed language development

Three- to five-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and delayed language development appear to process voices differently than typically developing children, according to a new study. “The diagnosis, ‘autism spectrum disorder,’ covers a lot of symptoms. For each various symptom, there should be a various brain pathophysiology,” said Yuko Yoshimura, an assistant professor in […]

ADDitude: Different types of ADHD are rooted in different areas of the brain, study says

A recent brain imaging study1 suggests that different ADHD subtypes each originate in a distinct part of the brain, and may in fact be separate disorders. The results, if replicated, would challenge long-standing beliefs that ADHD is one disorder with several common variations, and may open the door to more personalized treatment strategies, the study’s authors […]