Health Day: Study Links Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Kids

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that […]

The Hill: Taking care of our veterans’ brain health

most exposed to this type of injury are 18 to 24 years of age. From a neurobiological point of view, their brains are still developing. Scientifically speaking, their injury is considered a pediatric acquired brain injury (PABI), because the brain is still undergoing rapid development and refinement until age 25. The long-term effects of a PABI […]

Daily Herald: Truth-telling develops like other cognitive and emotional skills

A recent study, “The Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth,” lends some statistical credibility to our assumptions. The survey found that about 92 percent of adolescents reported they had lied to their parents in the last 12 months. Similarly, 72 percent confessed they had lied to teachers. About 20 percent admitted they would […]

CBS Chicago: Neurologist: Chess A Brain-Builder For All Ages

No matter what your age, a Chicago area neurologist says chess offers a way to improve your brain. WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports researchers long have said the cognitive skills developed by playing chess help older people stave off the effects of dementia, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease. However, in a YouTube video posted by Advocate Christ […]

Psych Central: New Device Shows How PTSD Damages Brain

Innovative new technology in the form of a portable brain-mapping device can now show brain areas damaged by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). University of Texas, Arlington (UT) researchers developed the tool to assess brain (prefrontal cortex) activity in student veterans when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks. The study by bioengineering […]

Psych Central: Brain Activity of Bipolar Kids May Suggest Treatment Approaches

New research suggests children diagnosed with bipolar disorder have greater activation in the right amygdala — a brain region very important for emotional reaction — than bipolar adults when viewing emotional faces. This finding suggests to the authors that bipolar children might benefit from treatments that target emotional face identification, such as computer-based “brain games” or group […]

Chicago Sun Times: Brain-damaged Jim McMahon provides important voice against NFL

It’s hard to know what to think about Jim McMahon. The former Bears quarterback, now 54, seems to be a part of every personal-injury lawsuit against the NFL that comes along. In 2012, he was Sports Illustrated’s cover boy for concussion-related early-onset dementia. He was one of thousands of plaintiffs in the big concussion suit […]

Legal Examiner: When brain injury survivors are discriminated against

Brain injuries can happen anytime,  to anyone. Car accidents, which I see as an injury attorney with the survivors of brain injury that I represent, are one of the top causes for TBI.  Each year in America, 1.7 million people will sustain a brain injury, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. While brain […]

Science World Report: How the Brain ‘Reboots’ Itself After Being Impacted by Anesthesia

Anesthesia can completely disable patients, rendering them unresponsive during surgery. Yet hours later, they will wake up with their memories and skills intact. Now, scientists have found out how our brains reboot themselves after being impacted by anesthesia, revealing how brains navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness. Previous research has shown that the anesthetized brain is not […]