Chicago Tribune: Using Brain Power to Fight Effects of Aging

Whenever someone asks former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona how his day is going, he typically responds with, “Every day is the same! I’m fighting aging and gravity.” But unlike many of the rest of us, the 64-year-old doctor has a strategy in place. To combat the natural decline that occurs with aging, he works […]

Science Codex: Cooling of Dialysis Fluids Protects Against Brain Damage

While dialysis can cause blood pressure changes that damage the brain, cooling dialysis fluids can protect against such effects. The findings come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The cooling intervention can be delivered without additional cost and is simple to perform. While dialysis is […]

Science World Report: Just One Dose Of Antidepressants Changes Brain Connectivity

Contrary to previous findings, a new study published in the journal Current Biology notes that a single dose of an antidepressant can create changes in the brain within just a few hours. Based on brain scans taken by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany, researchers found that after patients […]

Science Daily: Scientists Discover ‘Dimmer Switch’ For Mood Disorders

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as “disappointment.” The discovery of what may effectively be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down is reported Sept. 18 in the online edition of Science. “The […]

Science World Report: PTSD May Increase The Risk of Food Addiction

Researchers have found that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase the risk of food addiction. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, examined data from the Nurses’ Health Study II to retrieve data on Trauma exposure and found a link between PTSD symptoms and food addiction. They defined food addiction as suffering from three […]

MedScape: Cognitive Training Improves Thalamic Connectivity in MS

A new study shows that cognitive training using a commercially available game led to clinical improvements in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), improvements that correlated with changes in connectivity seen on resting-state functional MRI (fMRI). “After an 8-week home-based rehabilitation program, we showed increased thalamic connectivity in cortical areas that partially overlapped the posterior component […]

The Knowers, 66-100+ Years of Age

The Knowers, 66-100+ Years of Age: Knowers can maintain core frontal lobe functions of strategic attention, integrated reasoning, and innovation given continual challenges.

Forbes: Cognitive Warming: Brain Training For High Pressure Decision-Making

“Hot cognition” is the term psychologists use to describe high speed, high pressure decision-making—that’s decision-making in the face of risk, when emotions play a heavy role. It is opposed to “cold cognition,” which is the more pragmatic, logical, and—most importantly—emotionless variety. But here’s the thing—because hot cognition is automatic, it is often subject to bias […]

MedScape: Eye-Tracking Technology Shows Concussion Severity

Every 8 seconds in the United States, someone gets a serious blow to the head from a fall, accident, or collision, she said. “We can’t tell how badly they’re hurt. Sometimes we can’t even tell if they’re hurt at all.” The best technologies — CT and MRI — generally don’t detect concussion. The brain may […]