Brain Blogger: Trytophan in mood, anxiety, and depression

Deficiency of monoamines, such as dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin, is the most widely accepted theory explaining mood disorders. Among these neuromediators, serotonin deficiency is considered as most significant in relation to anxiety and depression. (January 10, 2018) Read the full article here

Shape: 5 ways your teeth can impact your health

Here’s something to chew on: The health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can tell a story about your overall health. In fact, gum disease is associated with various, often serious, health problems, and it’s more common than you think. About *half* of the adult population in the U.S. has some form of gum disease, […]

Medical Xpress: Compared with medical treatment, percutaneous closure procedures prevent recurrent stroke

Two systematic evidence reviews and meta-analyses show that percutaneous closure procedures prevent recurrent stroke in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO) compared with medical treatment alone. The first review was conducted by researchers from Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro, Italy and the second by researchers from the University of Tennessee, School of Medicine. Both are […]

BBC: Women ‘more likely’ to suffer winter depression and mood changes

Women are more likely than men to experience seasonal changes in their mood, researchers have found. The changes, which include depressive symptoms in winter, appear to be independent of factors such as smoking, alcohol use and physical activity. (January 9, 2018) Read the full article here

Bel Marra Health: Living close to nature may be healthier for the brain

City life is often promoted as being luxurious and exciting, but perhaps we just aren’t built for this type of constant stimulation. Bright lights, constant noise, and the increased levels of pollution city dwellers breathe in on a daily basis could be causing us more harm than good. (January 9, 2018) Read the full article […]

News-Medical: Study finds greater attention to surprise in veterans with PTSD

Fireworks on nights other than the fourth of July or New Year’s Eve might be nothing more than inconsiderate neighbors, but for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the shock of noise and light may trigger a deeply learned expectation of danger. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have found that […]

Science Blog: Monthly brain cycles predict seizures in patients with epilepsy

UC San Francisco neurologists have discovered monthly cycles of brain activity linked to seizures in patients with epilepsy. The finding, published online Jan. 8 in Nature Communications, suggests it may soon be possible for clinicians to identify when patients are at highest risk for seizures, allowing patients to plan around these brief but potentially dangerous […]

Well + Good: 6 ways to boost your brain health with food

“The brain is highly sensitive to every bite you take,” says author, filmmaker, and brain health expert Max Lugavere. He would know: After his mother was diagnosed with early dementia, Lugavere made it his mission to understand the causes of and ways to prevent the disease. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here