Futurism: A single gene could have a huge impact on age-related mental decline

As animals get older, the electrophysiology of their hippocampal connections begins to degrade. A new study appears to have identified the family of genes that are responsible, demonstrating how a single gene can have a broad effect on age-related decline. (January 5, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: X chromosome reactivation could treat Rett syndrome, other X-linked disorders

A study from a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators points toward a potential strategy for treating X-linked disorders — those caused by mutations in the X chromosome — in females. Their report published online in PNAS Early Edition, describes how a dual-modality approach was able to reactivate the inactive X chromosome in mouse […]

The Health Site: 5 reasons why broccoli is the ultimate brain food

It’s green and looks a lot like a cauliflower. When it was first introduced into the Indian markets, people were understandably confused by the broccoli. But today, the green cruciferous vegetable has found its way into the Indian kitchen and has been routinely starring in pulaos, subzis and stir fries. Broccoli has high levels of […]

Psychology Today: How breathing calms your brain

The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore. (December 31, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Sleep-deprived brains may be asleep and awake at the same time

For something that can occupy such a significant chunk of time, sleep still remains a mysterious part of our lives. Although it is known to play a role in mental and physical health, such as metabolism and memory, there is much that is still not well understood. (January 4, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Pong paddles and perception: Our actions influence what we see

Most people think of vision as simply a function of information the eye gathers. For cognitive psychologists vision is a little more complicated than that. One researcher now faces head-on the notion that her experimental subjects have been victims of a psychological phenomenon called response bias. She employed a classic, action-specific experiment involving a video […]

BBC: Are women more at risk of concussion than men?

New American research aims to pin down whether women’s brains might be at greater risk of concussion than men – when they sustain a head injury playing sport. Anecdotal reports suggest that concussion in girls and women is more serious than in males and take longer to recover from. Sports like American football, rugby and […]

CBS News: Combat veterans suffering from same brain disease as concussion victims

As America’s enemies continue to make roadside bombs or improvised explosive devices a central battlefield tactic, more combat veterans are expected to come home like Sgt. Kevin Ash. “His whole personality changed… he had just become hardened… He was having blackouts… it frightened him,” says Ash’s mother, Joy Kieffer. Ash had been exposed to 12 […]