Brain Disease

Today: Not much can prevent Alzheimer’s, but 3 common practices may help

There’s no strong evidence that anything prevents Alzheimer’s disease, but a few common-sense practices may help delay memory loss, a panel of experts said Thursday. They include controlling high blood pressure, regular exercise and specific memory training exercises. (June 22, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. This is due, in part, to the causes behind the disorder remaining hidden. Recent research, however, points the finger at brain inflammation. (June 22, 2017) Read the full article here

Scientific American: Brain-invading tapeworm that eluded doctors spotted by new DNA test

Doctors at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital could not figure out what was wrong with the 29-year-old man sitting before them. An otherwise healthy construction worker from Nicaragua, the patient was suffering from a splitting headache, double vision and ringing in his ears. Part of his face was also numb. The cause could have been […]

Science Daily: Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is commonly thought of as a movement disorder, but after years of living with the disease, approximately 25 percent of patients also experience deficits in cognition that impair function. A newly developed research tool may help predict a patient’s risk for developing dementia and could enable clinical trials aimed at finding treatments to […]

Reuters: Combo of sleep apnea and insomnia linked to depression in men

Men with both obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are much more likely to have depression symptoms compared to men with either sleep disorder alone, suggests a recent Australian study. The depression symptoms also seem to be worse for men who have both apnea and insomnia compared to men with depression but without this combination of […]

USA Today: Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows

Temple University research shows extra-virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the college’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil. (June 21, 2017) […]

Discover Magazine: Everything worth knowing about… Autism spectrum disorder

There is no cure. The causes are only partially understood. And treatments are limited to tackling symptoms, not the condition itself. One in 68 school-age kids in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a range of developmental conditions usually marked by social, behavioral and communication issues. While researchers are making progress in figuring out […]

Health Imaging: Anti-anxiety medications change the brain

Benzodiazepines—the family of popular sedatives that includes Valium and Xanax—seem to bring about structural changes in the brain, according to a European study running in the August edition of Psychiatry Neuroimaging. Sanna Huhtaniska, MD, of the University of Oulu in Finland and colleagues describe their work assessing brain MRI scans from 38 persons with schizophrenia […]

News-Medical: Study: Combination of nutritional, physical and cognitive interventions can reverse frailty in elderly people

Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalization, and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) showed that a combination of nutritional, physical and cognitive interventions can reverse physical frailty in elderly people. […]