The Midweek Wire: Keep Your Head: Concussions Are A Growing Concern In School Sports

With school sports tryouts starting next week, and school starting a few weeks after that, parents of athletes are thinking about shoulder pads and helmets along with pencils and notebooks. They should also consider a baseline cognitive screening. According to Dr. Emil Matarese, director of the concussion program at Aria Health Services, concussions are on […]

Saratogian News: New PTSD Treatment Explored For Veterans

A therapy delivering 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber may be a “game-changer” for treating military veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s the word from 2013-2014 New York State American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor, who is calling on the Veterans Administration (VA) to “put aside any reluctance and […]

VentureBeat: New Answer To Alzheimer’s May Be Found In Minimally Invasive Sinus Cavity Device

Sometimes the best answer is right under your nose. A promising new investigational technology, first envisioned 20 years ago by a Nobel-nominated medical researcher and now advanced by a Minnesota device company intent on commercializing accessible, cost-effective solutions, is catching the attention of the fast-growing Alzheimer’s disease advocacy community. The approach of Wedge Therapeutics: use […]

The American Bazaar: New Study By Indian American Psychiatrist At Stanford Determines Brains Of Autistic Children Inflexible At Switching Tasks

A new brain-imaging study led by an Indian American psychiatrist at the Stanford University School of Medicine has determined that the brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance. The study, led by Dr. Vinod Menon, the Rachel L. and Walter F. Nichols, MD, professor of psychiatry and […]

ScienceNews: Addiction Showcases The Brain’s Flexibility

Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction works in the brain. Perhaps it’s a disorder of reward, with drugs hijacking a natural system that is meant to respond to food, sex and friendship. Possibly addiction is a […]

HNGN: Autism Sufferers Not Typically Sensitive To Being Imitated, New Study Shows Why

A new research explains why autistic people are not sensitive when others imitate their movements or actions. Japanese researchers stated that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have decreased activity in a brain region that plays an important role in understanding social nuances of imitations and ridicule. Researchers explained that people with autism have difficulties in […]

WIRED: What’s Up With That: Your Best Thinking Seems To Happen In The Shower:

You’re in the shower. The water sounds like a gentle, rainy static, and feels like a Plinko massage. You’ve just started to lather up and suddenly, you’re hit with a flash of brilliance. Maybe it’s the answer to a vexing problem at work, the location of your lost USB drive, or perhaps it’s just a […]

WIRED: What’s Different About The Brain’s Of Heroes?

Marco Zanon and his colleagues scanned the brains of 43 young adults (30 women) while they took part in a virtual reality (VR) experience of a disaster. Wearing VR goggles and headphones, each participant began the study by meeting up with what they thought were three other volunteers in a virtual waiting room. In fact, […]

Habit

Chronic stress causes detrimental changes in the brain and ultimately affects how the brain functions. Stressful events trigger the release of a stress hormone called cortisol.  Elevated levels of cortisol disrupts the balance between different types of brain cells, causing impaired thinking abilities.  Avoiding stress in life is impossible, but making a daily habit of […]

Forbes: Why Is Innovation So Hard?

What business today does not want to be more innovative? In business parlance, “innovation” has reached a glorified position-like “customer centricity,” it is deemed to be a strategic necessity. But it is hard to define. It means different things to different people. Innovation exists along a continuum, from material improvements to existing products or processes […]