Tampa Bay Times: Laser Plus MRI Equals Less Invasive Brain Surgery Option

Laser surgery begins with a fingernail-size opening in the skull. The laser probe, thinner than a strand of spaghetti, is pushed directly into the area to be treated, then heat is applied, usually for a minute or two. The heat burns away small brain tumors and small areas of brain tissue responsible for some epileptic […]

ABC News: Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds

In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones. You guessed it; those who got to […]

The Health Site: Are Brain Disorders An Evolutionary Problem?

Why is it that our Neanderthal ancestors never suffered from brain disorders like autism or schizophrenia but it’s a common malice in the modern world? The reason is that our cave-dwelling ancestors didn’t have the DNA triggers which can lead to these ailments. They were essentially turned off while the identical genes in today’s humans […]

My Brain Test: Your Brain Loves Coffee for Good Reasons

Coffee beans are full of antioxidents. It turns out that many people receive almost all of their antioxidents from drinking coffee, with tea and bananas a distant second and third choice. While coffee is a reasonable option for antioxidant intake, vegetables and fruits are also good choices. See this expanded list of brain healthy foods. Regular coffee consumption […]

Injury Lawyer: New Study Shows Testosterone Side Effects May Include Brain Damage

Popular testosterone therapy products including AndroGel, Axiron and Testim have already been tied to an increased risk for cardiovascular injuries and death in some patients. Now emerging research published this April in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows that testosterone side effects may also include neurological damage. The study was conducted by scientists at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, who examined […]

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 […]