Reader’s Digest: 15 habits you never knew were aging your brain

There’s no getting around the fact that normal aging brings brain changes that slow cognitive function: Some brain regions shrink, communication between neurons may decrease, blood flow in the brain may lessen, and inflammation could increase, says the National Institute on Aging (NIA). But certain daily habits may accelerate this brain aging—and there is something […]

The New York Times: Why your brain tricks you into doing less important tasks

Our brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards (you probably remember this from the famous marshmallow experiment). But a study from February found that subjects were more likely to perform urgent, smaller tasks with a deadline than more important tasks without an immediate time constraint, even if the option to perform the urgent […]

U.S. News & World Report: 3 underappreciated sports concussion causes

If you asked the people you know what they’ve heard in the news about sports concussions, they’d likely cite reports about concussion concerns related to professional American football. They aren’t wrong. There are a multitude of studies, reports, opinion editorials and feelings on this very subject. While concussion in football should absolutely be taken seriously, […]

Washington Post: Aphasia makes you lose your words after brain damage

What if you wanted to speak but couldn’t string together recognizable words? What if someone spoke to you but you couldn’t understand what they were saying? These situations aren’t hypothetical for the more than 1 million Americans with aphasia, which affects the ability to understand and speak with others. (July 7, 2018) Read the full […]

Dallas News: 5 ways to keep your brain sharp and fight off dementia

Jennifer Greer first noticed that her mother, Carolyn, had trouble finding words to express herself. Diagnosed with dementia, the 73-year-old now can’t talk or take care of herself. “We did a lot of brain activities, such as word flash cards, to delay losing cognitive skills,” says Greer, who lives in Dallas. “If we hadn’t done […]

Medical Xpress: Switching brain circuits on and off without surgery

In the maze of our brains, there are various pathways by which neural signals travel. These pathways can go awry in patients with neurological and psychiatric diseases and disorders, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Researchers have developed new therapeutic strategies to more precisely target neural pathways involved in these conditions, but they often […]

New Scientist: Quantum dots in brain could treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

Tiny particles called quantum dots reduce symptoms in mice primed to develop a type of Parkinson’s disease, and also block formation of the toxic protein clumps in Alzheimer’s. They could one day be a novel treatment for these brain disorders, although tests in people are some years away. Quantum dots are  just a few nanometres […]

Big Think: Your brain “wiggles” a little with every heartbeat

The human heartbeat. Pretty much everyone has one, and many kickass songs have been written about its existence. It may come to you as a surprise, then, that your heart and brain are currently doing something you didn’t know it was doing before: dancing together with every heartbeat.  (July 9, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical News Today: Brain area that controls the pitch of human speech revealed

A new brain study locates the region of the brain responsible for our ability to change the pitch of our voice. The findings could help to create a more natural-sounding prosthetic voice box. Humans have a voice box, or larynx, unlike any other primate. As a species, we can produce fluid speech that can elicit […]