U.S. News & World Report: AHA News: Many women plagued by anxiety after stroke

Angie Read Doyal was unsure if she’d be the same after her stroke. So, when she felt ready to return to work after only seven weeks of intense physical, speech and occupational therapy, she was confident. But that self-assurance quickly was undermined by severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression. (February 7, 2019) Read the full […]

Futurity: Right exercise ‘dose’ treats teen concussions

Teen athletes who sustained concussions while playing sports recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, according to a new study. The study is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related concussion. The goal was to evaluate prescribed, progressive sub-symptom threshold exercise as a […]

News-Medical: Blood-clotting factor may cause Alzheimer’s disease

A protein known for its role in forming blood clots has been found to cause the characteristic cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery provides a new target for drug developers trying to find a cure for this devastating condition. (February 7, 2019) Read the full article here

Science Blog: Do deep neural networks ‘see’ like you and I do?

Computer components designed to recognize images behave surprisingly like neurons in the brain, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine report.“We found that deep neural networks used for recognizing images actually have single units within them that respond in remarkably similar ways as do neurons within the visual system of the brain,” said […]

Discover Magazine: Silent neurons: The dark matter of the brain?

Author Saak V. Ovsepian argues that “the great majority of nerve cells in the intact brain do not fire action potentials, i.e., are permanently silent.” This is a remarkable claim, and it raises the question of what these silent neurons are doing. However, I didn’t find myself convinced of the existence of this ‘dark matter’. […]

TIME: Exercising might help you make healthier food choices, study says

Getting healthy can be a daunting endeavor. It can seem impossible to get active, eat better, sleep more, stay hydrated and do the many other things your doctor says you should do, all at once. But recent research suggests there’s a single best place to begin. According to a study published in the International Journal […]

Medical News Today: Humans can learn new foreign words while asleep

Recent research reveals for the first time that people can learn new information while they are asleep. Scientists already know that sleep consolidates learning of new information that we acquire during wakefulness. Now, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland suggest that learning can also take place during deep, or slow-wave sleep. (February 5, […]

Science Daily: Absentmindedness points to earlier warning signs of silent strokes among people at risk

Adults who notice that they frequently lose their train of thought or often become sidetracked may in fact be displaying earlier symptoms of cerebral small vessel disease, otherwise known as a “silent stroke,” suggests a recent study.Researchers uncovered that individuals with damage to the brain’s white matter, caused by silent strokes, reported poor attentiveness and […]