Brain Disease

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s linked to unsaturated fatty acids in the brain

While it is not yet clear what causes Alzheimer’s disease, researchers are examining a variety of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle causes. New research examines some of the key brain regions involved in the development of Alzheimer’s and finds several fatty acids to be associated with this form of dementia. (March 22, 2017) Read the full […]

Health Day: Staying socially active nourishes the aging brain

Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds. “It’s not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older,” said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of cognitive neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. […]

Medical News Today: Common genetic variant may age the brain

Researchers have identified a common genetic variant that disrupts normal brain aging and may increase susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. (March 15, 2017) Read the full article here

Neuroscience News: Never before seen images of early stage Alzheimer’s disease

New technology allows researchers to produce images that predate the formation of amyloid beta in the brain. The findings have prompted researchers to suggest stabilizing the protein, rather than attempting to limit it, in order to reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms. (March 13, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Meditation benefits patients with ALS

An eight-week mindfulness-based meditation program led to improved quality of life and psychological well-being in a clinical trial of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In the randomized clinical trial that included 100 patients, participants who underwent meditation training scored higher on a questionnaire specifically developed to assess quality of life in people with ALS. […]

Fox News: Feed your brain with these 5 food groups

Honeybrains, a new restaurant in New York City, is giving a whole new meaning to brain food. The fast-casual eatery offers only nutrient-packed meals, specifically made to boost your brain health. (March 7, 2017) Read the full article here

EurekAlert: Major pledge will boost brain research into causes of autism

Autism will be better understood thanks to a substantial investment from a US philanthropic foundation to the University of Edinburgh. Researchers say the investment could eventually lead to new treatments for people with autism spectrum disorders. (March 7, 2017) Read the full article here