Brain Health

Medical Xpress: How brains surrender to sleep

Scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna study fundamental aspects of sleep in roundworms. Using advanced technologies, they monitor the activity of all nerve cells in the brain while they are falling asleep and waking up. The journal Science publishes their ground-breaking results this week. (June 23, 2017) Read the full […]

UPI: Low-carb diet’s effect on brain akin to illicit drug high

Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite. Going low-carb might even mimic the effects of GHB – the recreational drug better known as fantasy, liquid ecstasy or grievous bodily harm – on the brain. (June 22, 2017) Read the full article here

CBS News: These foods may help keep the brain young

Blueberries, olive oil, kefir, walnuts, leafy greens, oatmeal, bananas, and algal oil. These are some of the foods that could play a role in helping to keep the brain healthy throughout life, according to scientific experts interviewed by CBS News. (June 20, 2017) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Memory for stimulus sequences distinguishes humans from other animals

Humans possess many cognitive abilities not seen in other animals, such as a full-blown language capacity as well as reasoning and planning abilities. Despite these differences, however, it has been difficult to identify specific mental capacities that distinguish humans from other animals. Researchers have now discovered that humans have a much better memory to recognize […]

Forbes: Want a better-performing brain? Start by cutting out stress

I believe there are six main things to consider when trying to get the most out of your brain, and actually they aren’t terribly surprising or novel. Try to live your life in a such a way that you are not under chronic stress. Chronic stress releases stress hormones that, over time, have a very […]

Science Daily: Mapping how words leap from brain to tongue

How the brain narrows down a smorgasbord of related concepts to the one word you’re truly seeking is a complicated and poorly understood cognitive task. Looking at epilepsy patients who had a grid of electrodes directly atop their brains, researchers delved into this question and found that wide, overlapping swaths of the brain work in […]

UPI: Mouse eyes react to light without the help of the brain

New analysis suggests the iris in the eye of a mouse doesn’t need the brain’s help to sense light and direct the pupils to dilate or contract in response. Neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine severed the neural connection between brain and eyes in several mice specimens and then observed the behavior of the iris as […]

Medical News Today: How does the brain respond to a single bout of exercise?

Physical activity is known to be good for our health, but can as little as a single exercise session have positive effects on the brain? New research investigates. The new study, which is published in the journal Brain Plasticity, investigates the effect of acute exercise – defined as a single session of physical activity – […]