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Targeting Alzheimer’s: New Unorthodox Approaches

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:05 +0000

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5 million individuals in the US and causes a devastating loss of cognitive function due to the buildup of beta-amyloid and tau proteins in the brain. Previous efforts to combat this disease have focused on developing drugs that target beta-amyloid, but such treatments have been unsuccessful in patients so far. […]

New Developments in Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:20:42 +0000

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. The disease primarily results from selective degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta part of the brain. Its key clinical features include motor symptoms of rigidity, tremor, and bradykinesia. However, recent findings have confirmed that the […]

Connection Between Brain, Depression and Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:25:48 +0000

Chemotherapy is a type of therapy that uses various, rather aggressive, medicines to eliminate cancer cells from the body or slow down the growth of tumors. Cancer cells are different from normal cells as they reproduce a lot faster. Chemotherapy specifically targets the fast dividing cells and thus affects cancer cells the most. However, chemotherapy […]

Alzheimer’s Disease – Now You See It

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:30:39 +0000

The exact mechanisms underlying the devastation that is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are not entirely understood, but researchers do know that inflammation in the brain is related to the onset of the disease. Now, through a basic eye exam, clinicians may be able to spot AD warning signs, including inflammation, long before symptoms appear Normally, the […]

Neuroeconomics – Capitalisation on Consumer Control?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:46:23 +0000

In an attempt to explain the internal processes governing the occurrences in the economic world, neuroeconomics is an emerging interdisciplinary field attempting to merge psychology and economic theory. Simply put, the biological basis of behavioral economics; how and why people make judgements and decisions with economic consequences in terms of simple cerebral biology. But why […]

Boost Confidence with Brain Training

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:04:05 +0000

Confidence is an attractive and necessary quality to succeed in business, relationships, and life. But, it is a subjective and, sometimes, misunderstood characteristic. From the painfully shy to the arrogantly over-confident, what makes people think and feel what they think and feel about themselves? The authors of a new study report that they have uncovered […]

Sniff Out Alzheimer’s Risk with Powerful New Smell Test

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:00:45 +0000

A provocative new report suggests a low-cost, non-invasive testing protocol may identify older individuals at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators discovered testing individuals’ ability to recognize, remember and distinguish between odors provided similar recommendations as genetic, imaging, and more detailed memory tests. The report — suggesting testing of both olfactory […]

Using Magnets on the Brain to Bring Back Memories

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:00:30 +0000

New research is challenging the idea that working memory helps us remembers things through sustained brain activity. Instead, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that our brains tuck less-important information away beyond the reach of the tools that typically monitor brain activity. The researchers then were able to bring that information back into […]

The Science of Raising a Friendly Psychopath

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:00:24 +0000

What makes someone a psycopath? Nature or nurture? And can we stop at risk children from growing up into dangerous adult psycopaths? One of the oldest queries in psychology — Nature Vs Nurture — asks if what makes us who we are is predisposed by our DNA, or by life experiences. It is a pretty […]

How to Secure Therapy Completion with Meta-Intervention

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:53 +0000

Keeping messages brief and simple is more effective when trying to encourage patients to complete a health care program, according to new research. In a study that analyzes six years of data, a team of researchers found small “nudges” in the right direction were a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to increase completion of health […]

Your Brain on Alcohol Blackouts

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:44 +0000

“Uuuuggh…no, no, no, no, noooo!?” Like a scene out of Hangover 3, the moment you remember that you don’t remember the night before…is gut-wrenching! It’s perfectly normal to feel riddled with guilt and shame as you wrack your brain for any evidence you may have made a fool of yourself the night before. Memory seemingly […]

Body Mass, Inflammation, and Cognition – What is the Strongest Link?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:00:01 +0000

Body mass index (BMI) has been linked to inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to decreased cognition. Now, a new study directly links a high BMI to lower cognitive functioning. The current study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, is the first step in identifying a biologically plausible mechanism for the connection […]

What’s Your Drunk Personality Type – Nutty, Naughty or Nice?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:00:12 +0000

There are certainly different types of drunks. “Sober Dave is boring, you should hang out with Drunk Dave, he’s wild!” or “She is usually a sweetheart, but watch out, she’s a mean drunk”. Having documented the transition to our drunk alter-egos for 100s of years, we are no strangalers to the concept of drunk personality […]

Homosexuality Link to Child Sex Abuse Confirmed — Gender Nonconformity

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:00:01 +0000

Can sexual abuse make you gay? The short answer according to new research is, no. Child sexual abuse is not a common cause of being gay. But, new research says that the opposite is true. There is something common in the childhood of homosexual men that makes them a target for pedophilia and sexual abuse […]

Antidepressant May Benefit Traumatic Brain Injury

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:09:24 +0000

The prevalence and functional effects of depressive disorder following traumatic brain injury are significant. Now, sertraline may be effective for preventing depressive symptoms after TBI. A group of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine evaluated 94 patients aged 18 to 85 years who had been hospitalized for mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). […]