Science Daily: High-resolution genomic map gives scientists unprecedented view of brain development

Researchers have created a massive database of the changes in gene activity of individual cells in the cerebellum during embryonic development and immediately after birth. The analysis of thousands of brain cells isolated from mice offers researchers a high-resolution map that enables scientists to view the detailed genomic changes cells undergo as the cerebellum wires […]

Today: New guidelines for children’s concussions aim to improve detection, treatment

New children’s concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months. Signs of potentially more serious injuries that may warrant CT imaging scans include vomiting, unconsciousness and severe, worsening headaches, according to the guidelines released […]

Healthline: Smokers have a higher risk of developing dementia

Does smoking raise your risk of memory problems later in life? A new study conducted by researchers at Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea suggests that it does. The researchers followed more than 46,000 men, ages 60 and older, from 2006 to 2013. They found that men who had never smoked and those who […]

TIME: Scientists are developing new ways to treat disease with cells, not drugs

When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should […]

UPI: Study: ALS affects brain’s cognition skills

The minds of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are damaged by the disease, despite the longstanding belief that this was not the case, a new study reveals. In fact, in the later stages of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, patients experience a decline in their thinking and language skills, researchers report. (September […]

Horizon: What happens inside an injured brain?

Scientists have discovered that a single severe head injury can lead to dementia through a rogue protein that propagates through the brain and corrupts others, giving some much needed insight into what happens inside an injured brain. It’s part of a field of research looking into the impact of, and potential treatments for, traumatic brain […]

Pacific Standard: More evidence that green space helps develop young brains

Several recent studies have found children tend to fare better academically if they have ample access to the natural world. But the reasons for this remains hazy. Do they get more exercise? Breathe cleaner air? New British research reveals one likely advantage such kids enjoy. It finds they score higher on a standard test of […]

UPI: Mindfulness may be a buffer against pain

Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests. “Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment,” explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He’s an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 12, 2018) […]

Psychiatry Advisor: Risk for heart attack and stroke increases with psychological distress

Psychological distress is strongly associated with myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke despite adjustments for confounders, according to the results of a population-based prospective study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The positive association is dose-dependent and persistent across sex and age, suggesting a direct mechanism linking psychological distress and MI and stroke. (September 12, […]

BBC: How your heart age is key to heart attack or stroke risk

Public Health England is urging people over 30 to take an online test to find out their heart age, which indicates if they are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Unhealthy lifestyles put four in five adults at risk of early death, they estimate. People should quit smoking, eat a healthy […]