Medwire News: Weight Cycling Linked to Relapse-Prone Bipolar Course

Patients with bipolar disorder are more likely than healthy controls to have a history of weight cycling, which in turn are associated with an increased likelihood of manic and depressive episodes, researchers report. The researchers explain that weight cycling is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but its impact on patients with bipolar disorder, who […]

Medical Xpress: New Findings on How Brain Handles Tactile Sensations

The traditional understanding in neuroscience is that tactile sensations from the skin are only assembled to form a complete experience in the cerebral cortex, the most advanced part of the brain. However, this is challenged by new research findings from Lund University in Sweden that suggest both that other levels in the brain play a […]

Stave Off Decline in Alzheimer’s

Stave Off Decline in Alzheimer’s: Active mental stimulation at a level just above the person’s cognitive function can slow cognitive loss, increase connectedness, and decrease anxiety and agitation.

Counsel & Heal: Two Vital Ways to Keep the Brain Sharp, Experts State

As people age, cognitive functions will inevitably start to deteriorate. However, several studies have suggested that the rate of deterioration can be controlled to a certain extent via healthy lifestyle choices. According to experts who cited previous studies in a TIME article, there are two vital ways to keep the brain sharp. The first way […]

Medical Xpress: Brain Scans Reveal ‘Gray Matter’ Differences in Media Multitaskers

Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new University of Sussex research. A study published today (24 September) reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared […]

Science 2.0: Genetic Risk Factors For Stroke Identified

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and while there are obvious environmental factors such as diet, exercise and behavior, many lines of evidence suggest that the risk of stroke is heritable. Yet until now, only a small number of genes associated with stroke have been identified. A new study in the Journal of […]

JAMA: Suicide Runs in Families With ADHD

Shared genetic factors may partly explain the increased risk of suicide among persons with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), found a longitudinal study of 51 707 Swedish patients with ADHD and their families. Heritable traits such as impulsivity play a large role in both ADHD and suicidal behavior and may explain the pattern of familial susceptibility to both, […]