Democrat & Chronicle: UR study: Football impact on brain lingers

A football season of only routine hits to the helmet might inflict enough injury to the brain that six months of normal, non-contact activity afterward isn’t enough time for it to heal. That’s what a University of Rochester research study of 10 of the school’s players suggests. The results, published Thursday, provide a new look […]

Today Online: PET Scans Could Predict Extent of Recovery from Brain Injury, Trials Show

Doctors believe they may have found a reliable way to assess whether patients in a vegetative state after a severe brain injury are likely to wake up, raising ethical questions about the best treatment for those in an unresponsive state. In a hospital trial, brain scans using PET technology — positron emission tomography — identified […]

MMQBI: If You Give a Mouse a Concussion

One of the most important recent developments in the treatment of brain trauma—and by extension, the future of football—may have been discovered by a clumsy intern. Theo Roth is a St. Louis-born, Alabama-raised Stanford graduate who finagled his way into a National Institutes of Health internship in the summer of 2010, after his senior year of high school. […]

HealthCanal: ‘Brain Training’ Overcomes Tics in Tourette Syndrome, Study Finds

Teenagers diagnosed with TS were slower than their typically developing peers when asked to perform a task that involved them simply moving their eyes to look at targets. However, they significantly outperformed their peers when the task was more demanding and required them to choose between looking at or away from targets. In this task […]

Red Orbit: Atypical Brain Connectivity Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adolescents appears to be associated with atypical connectivity in the brain involving the systems that help people infer what others are thinking and understand the meaning of others’ actions and emotions. The ability to navigate and thrive in complex social systems is commonly impaired in ASD, a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting […]

News AM: Vitamin D Associated with Brain Power

Cognitive impairment and vitamin D deficiency may be common in older adults, and the two factors can be linked, suggests new research. In a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers reported that a four-year analysis of about 3,000 healthy adults — aged 70 to 79 […]

The Daily Star: Casual Pot Use Causes Brain Abnormalities in the Young

Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between […]

Psych Central: Teen Head Injuries Linked to Greater Suicide Risk

Emerging research suggests that teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) such as a concussion are at “significantly greater odds” of attempting suicide, being bullied, and engaging in a variety of high-risk behaviors. “Investigators found that these teens were also more likely to become bullies themselves, to have sought counseling through a crisis […]

Psych Centeral: Low Vitamin D Tied to Cognitive Decline in Elderly

In a new study, researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found evidence that there is an association between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time. “Although this study cannot establish a direct cause and effect relationship, it would have a huge public health implication if vitamin D supplementation could be shown to […]

Huffington Post: Your Brain May Start Slowing Down As Young As Age 24

Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada tested reaction times of more than 3,000 volunteers, ages 16-44, by having them play “StarCraft 2,” a fast-paced video game that tests players’ real-time strategy abilities. Reaction time and multitasking are of the essence in this game. According to the study, “‘StarCraft 2’ is of interest to psychologists for the […]