R&D Magazine: Key molecule sheds light on common brain injuries

Scientists have begun to piece together what happens to a key molecule during the most common types of brain injury. Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC)/North Carolina State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering are starting to understand what happens to axons— thin, fragile and long stalks that grow out of the bodies of […]

Medical News Today: Severe epilepsy and circadian rhythm protein linked

Researchers probing the brain tissue of people with severe forms of epilepsy make a surprising breakthrough: a protein involved in circadian rhythms, called CLOCK, may play a role. Epilepsy is a relatively common brain disorder that causes seizures. It affects around 1.2 percent of people in the United States, and to date, it is not […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists researching drugs that could improve brain function in people with schizophrenia

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are testing if drugs known as HDAC inhibitors improve cognition in patients with schizophrenia who have been treated with the antipsychotic drug clozapine. Clozapine, which has been shown to be the most effective available antipsychotic for hallucinations and delusion treatment, may impair memory and attention, said Ananda Pandurangi, M.D., medical director […]

Newsmax: Midday bright light therapy helps bipolar patients

People with bipolar disorder who were exposed to bright white light at midday experienced a significant decrease in symptoms of depression, found a study conducted at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Bipolar disorder causes manic episodes of elevated mood, energy and cognition, followed by major depressive episodes of lowered mood, energy and cognition. It […]

Harvard Health: Write your anxieties away

In the late 1980s, psychologist James Pennebaker developed a form of writing therapy called expressive writing. When you engage in expressive writing, you write about your deepest thoughts and feelings without concern for spelling, grammar, or sentence construction. It is free-flowing and unfocused self-expression. (October 13, 2017) Read the full article here

Futurism: Researchers reveal the human brain remembers visual features backwards

New research from scientists at the Zuckerman Institute of Columbia University has turned our classical understanding of the way the human brain perceives and recalls on its head. The work shows that when the brain observes it first processes details to construct internal models of more complex objects. However, when it recalls, the brain first […]

U.S. News & World Report: A look into older adults’ state of mind

Contrary to conventional wisdom, an increase in age can lead to an increase in happiness. In fact, older adults tend to be more satisfied with their lives than their younger peers. But, for those who need it, limited supply of and access to proper geriatric psychiatric treatment leave many older adults’ mental health issues underdiagnosed […]

NPR: Health conditions that increase stroke risk rise across all ages, races

For years, doctors have been warning us that high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, illegal drug use and diabetes increase our chances of having a potentially fatal stroke. And yet, most of the stroke patients showing up at hospitals from 2004 to 2014 had one or more of these risk factors. And the numbers of people at […]

Science Mag: Ultrasonic probe could detect stroke, brain damage in young babies

If you’ve ever found yourself in an MRI machine, you know keeping still isn’t easy. For newborns, it’s nearly impossible. Now, a portable, ultrasonic brain probe about the size of a domino could do similar work, detecting seizures and other abnormal brain activity in real time, according to a new study. It could also monitor […]