Science Daily: Genes Determine Traces That Stress Leaves Behind on Brains

Our individual genetic make-up determines the effect that stress has on our emotional centres. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the MedUni Vienna. Not every individual reacts in the same way to life events that produce the same degree of stress. Some grow as a result of the crisis, whereas others […]

Lifehacker: The Science of Depression Explained in a Simple Video

Depression is something that affects all of us at some point and understanding what’s going on in the body is useful to explain depression as a whole. The folks at AsapSCIENCE break it down pretty simply. While the science here is interesting and concentrates on how we think depression is linked heavily to genes, the […]

Stave Off Decline in Alzheimer’s

Stave Off Decline in Alzheimer’s: Building cognitive reserves throughout life will be a major factor in pushing out the symptoms of dementia – not to mention they are relatively inexpensive to do.

U.S. News: Study: Physical Fitness Linked to Brain Fitness

Staying physically fit isn’t just good for your health. It’s also a good way to beef up your brain, according to new research. Led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a research scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Beckman Institute, a team of researchers found greater aerobic fitness is associated with more fibrous and compact white […]

Medical Xpress: Study Suggests Hatha Yoga Boosts Brain Function in Older Adults

Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults’ performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, researchers report. The findings involved 108 adults between the ages of 55 and 79 years of age, 61 of whom attended hatha yoga classes. The others met for the same number […]

Medical News Today: Memories of Error ‘Improve Our Learning Speed’

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD, think they have discovered why people learn an identical task faster on subsequent attempts. Publishing their findings in Science Express, the team says our memories of error are the key to faster learning. The researchers note that when people perform a task – such as opening a […]

USA Today: The Doctors: A Heads-Up on Concussions

Every year, hundreds of thousands of kids are treated for sports- and recreation-related brain injuries, including concussions, in emergency rooms across the USA. Among high school athletes, the rate of concussions more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, according to a recent study. Researchers suspect the uptick reflects an increased awareness. (August 18, 2014) Read […]

Channel 3000: Study: Brand, Age of Football Helmet Doesn’t Reduce Concussion Risk

A University of Wisconsin study suggests there is no difference in concussion risk for high school football players based on different brands or ages of helmets, according to a release. The study involved 2,081 football players at 34 high schools in Wisconsin during the 2012 and 2013 football seasons, according to the release. Players completed […]

MedScape: Growth Hormones in Kids Linked to Stroke in Young Adults

The use of growth hormone for the treatment of short stature or growth hormone deficiency in childhood may increase the long-term the risk for stroke in young adulthood, hemorrhagic strokes in particular, French registry data show. Investigators at the University of Lorraine in France found a significantly higher risk for stroke among patients treated with […]