U.S. News & World Report: AHA News: Fluctuating blood pressure after stroke could mean higher risk of death

Experts already know there’s a link between high blood pressure and stroke, but a growing body of research suggests yo-yoing blood pressure also might play a role. A new study, presented this week at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, delved deeper into the topic by researching whether increased blood pressure variability […]

News-Medical: Neurofeedback system enables Parkinson’s patients to voluntarily control brain wave activity

Parkinson’s disease is associated with abnormal beta wave activity in the subthalamic nucleus (STN), but a direct connection between this activity and movement difficulties has not yet been established. A study group at Osaka University developed a neurofeedback system which enables patients with Parkinson’s disease to voluntarily control beta wave activity in their deep brain […]

Big Think: Tweak your brain chemistry toward happiness, purpose, meaning

There is a definite connection between the physical laws of inertia, a body in motion tends to stay in motion and the psychological components of inertia it’s like when we become sedentary it’s very difficult to begin moving again and to become motivated once more. And it’s not just emotional, it’s also physiological. (February 6, […]

Next Avenue: Our brains need exercise, too

The basics of heart health have been drilled into our brains: Eat less saturated fat. Keep moving. Know your “numbers” for cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. But what about that brain itself? Although life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900, our “mindspan” — how long we stay cognitively healthy — hasn’t kept pace. (February […]

NPR: One head, two brains: How the brain’s hemispheres shape the world we see

If you search for “left brain vs. right brain” on YouTube, it’s not long before you’ll find yourself in a vortex of weird claims and outlandish hype. For decades, pop psychology books and web videos have made dramatic claims about people who are left-brained and people who are right-brained. It got to the point that […]

Health 24: What can the ability to balance reveal about your brain health?

Stand on one leg. Can you stay that way for 20 seconds? Yoga lovers, among others, have always preached the importance of balance in health and fitness. Some experts believe that a simple one-leg test could be an indicator of problems, particularly stroke risk. (February 5, 2019) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Newly discovered immune cells play role in inflammatory brain diseases

A team of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating in an animal model that previously entirely unknown types of immune cells are present in the inflamed brain in the course of multiple sclerosis (MS). The discovery was made by means of a new, high-resolution method for analyzing single cells. The method allowed the researchers to create […]