Brain Health

Medical News Daily: Sleep apnea in children may stunt brain development

A recent study set out to investigate the effect of sleep apnea on the brains of 7- to 11-year-olds. In total, 16 children with obstructive sleep apnea were evaluated at the University of Chicago’s pediatric sleep laboratory. All children underwent neurocognitive tests and were scanned using MRI. Read the full article here

Huffington Post: Why smart people don’t multitask

You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Every time you multitask you aren’t just harming your performance in the moment; you may very well be damaging an area of your brain that’s critical to your future success […]

NPR: Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness: One ‘party school’ tries to tame the college brain

Dr. Jim Hudziak, a pediatric neuropsychiatrist at UVM’s Medical School, started the program about two years ago. His message is clear: Take good care of your young mind. “The most critical part of the brain, for paying attention, for regulating your emotions, for making good decisions, has not even been organized yet,” he says, talking […]

News Medical: Moderate daily vegetable and fruit intake linked to lower rates of psychological stress

Published today in the British Medical Journal Open, the longitudinal study of more than 60,000 Australians aged 45 years and above measured participants fruit and vegetable consumption, lifestyle factors and psychological distress at two time points, 2006-08 and 2010. Psychological distress was measured using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, a 10-item questionnaire measuring general anxiety […]

Medical Xpress: Buzzing the brain with electricity can boost working memory

Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronise brain waves. Researchers at Imperial College London found that applying a low voltage current can bring different areas of the brain in sync with one another, enabling people to perform better on tasks involving working memory. (March […]

CBS News: How what you eat may affect mental health

More than 16 million U.S. adults report having a major episode of depression within the last year, according to figures from the National Institutes of Health. While a number of factors are at play when considering who’s at risk, a new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact mental health. […]

Science Daily: Scientists predict crime knowledge states in the human brain

Scientists and lawyers speak different languages, but there is common ground. Scientists working in a multi-institutional team with legal authorities have discovered that brain imaging can determine whether someone is acting in a state of knowledge about a crime. (March 13, 2017) Read the full article here

News Medical: Fingerprint-like pattern that evolves during development provides clues to mental health problems

Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. In a study just published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Oslo revealed that such a unique, fingerprint-like pattern evolves during development and is sensitive to mental health. These findings suggest that such brain network maturation during the […]

Science Daily: Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health

People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland. Read the full article here

News Medical: Review focuses on benefits of mindfulness in aging populations

A majority of the 27 studies in the review suggest that the focused attention at the core of mindfulness benefits older people, but others don’t point to improvements. And that should prompt more rigorous investigations in search of interventions likely to do the most good, researchers from The Ohio State University found. Their analysis appears […]