New York Times: N.C.A.A. Settlement Overhauls Head-Injury Policies

The N.C.A.A. has reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by former college athletes to institute wide-ranging reforms to its head-injury policies. The settlement is the latest attempt by the N.C.A.A. to address concerns over athletes’ rights. It brings a significant change in the care and safety of all current and former college […]

Live Science: Brain Gains: Women Getting Smarter Faster Than Men

When it comes to smarts, women are catching up to men in some areas and outpacing them in others, new research has found. In particular, women, on average, are better than men at so-called episodic memory, which involves recalling and describing experiences and facts, while men’s edge over women in numerical abilities has narrowed somewhat. […]

Science Daily: Preterm Children’s Brains Can Catch Up Years Later

There’s some good news for parents of preterm babies — latest research from the University of Adelaide shows that by the time they become teenagers, the brains of many preterm children can perform almost as well as those born at term. A study conducted by the University’s Robinson Research Institute has found that as long […]

Huffington Post: Is Postpartum Depression A Disease Of Modern Civilization

There may be another mismatch disease — one not previously recognized. According to Chapman University psychological scientist Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, postpartum depression may also be a consequence of the same dramatic cultural shifts — that is, it may be a disease of modern civilization. Working with UCLA’s Martie Haselton, Hahn-Holbrook has been exploring the evidence from […]

Forbes: Back To School Concussion Alert: One Season Of Contact Sports Damages Brains

As kids and high school and college students head back into training for fall sports, new research offers a hard warning. A single season of playing football or another contact sport causes brain damage regardless of whether a player actually got a concussion or even had signs of injury, says new research published in this […]

MedScape: DTI Shows Brain Changes In Mild Head Injury

A new study using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has demonstrated changes in the white matter of patients within days of sustaining a mild head injury and has shown that these changes correlate with reduced performance on cognitive tests. In a longitudinal study of patients studied using DTI at 6 days after injury and 1 year […]

Harvard Gazette: New Treatment For Depression Shows Immediate Results

Individuals with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) show immediate and substantial mood improvement, McLean Hospital researchers report in the Aug. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry. “LFMS is unlike any current treatment. It uses magnetic fields that are a fraction of the strength but at a higher frequency than […]

Stars and Stripes: Doctor’s Studies Use Of Special Dental Splint As An Aid To Those Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress

A Columbus oral surgeon has been conducting a case series testing the effectiveness of a special splint he has developed to aid people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Donald Moeller said the research study tracking people fitted with his removable intra-oral soft stabilization splint has gotten good results. “We have been pleased,” he said. […]

Sharp Brains: Study: Neurofeedback Treatments for ADHD In Only 12 Sessions?

Neurofeedback — also known as EEG Biofeed­back — is treatment for ADHD in which indviduals learn to produce and maintain a pattern of EEG activity that is consistent with a focused, attentive state. This is done by collecting EEG data from individuals as they focus on stimuli presented on a computer screen. Their ability to […]