Tech Times: Human brains have ‘wi-fi’ that can explain people’s gut feelings

Our gut feelings allow us to “know” things, even if we can’t explain where this information or judgment comes from. This intuition, however, gives a sense of certainty when we make quick and sometimes important decisions such as avoiding a particular person or situation. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Cellular hitchhikers aid recovery from spinal cord injury

The healing effects of stem cells in spinal cord injury can be aided by their ability to hitch intercellular rides to specific anti-inflammatory cells called M2 macrophages, Yale researchers report. Yale University researchers had previously shown that mesenchymal stem cells harvested from bone marrow helped repair spinal cord injury in rats; however, many of the […]

Newsmax: Less than eight hours of sleep increases risk of depression

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night is linked to intrusive and repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety and depression, reports a new study.  American researchers have studied the sleep duration of people with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thinking. (January 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Uncovering the power of glial cells

Implanted devices send targeted electrical stimulation to the nervous system to interfere with abnormal brain activity, and it is commonly assumed that neurons are the only important brain cells that need to be stimulated by these devices. However, new research reveals that it may also be important to target the supportive glial cells surrounding the […]

Medical News Today: What is early-onset Parkinson’s disease?

Early-onset Parkinson’s occurs when a doctor diagnoses the disease in a person 21 to 50 years old, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association. While a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be devastating at any time of life, being diagnosed with the disease at an early age can significantly impact a young person’s quality of life and […]

Science Blog: Modifying memories during sleep could reduce trauma

Reducing the trauma associated with bad memories while someone is asleep sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it could become a reality in 10 years thanks to a greater understanding of how the brain encodes memories during sleep. A good snooze is known to be important for forming memories but it is only […]

Newsmax: Change your mind, boost your health

Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set in early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, the latest scientific evidence contradicts this long-held assumption. (January 5, 2018) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Exercise boosts kids’ brain health, too

A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes. Now there’s also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns out that physical activity gives the young brain needed boosts, according to a study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in […]