Science Daily: Treating sports-related concussions using telemedicine

An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year. More than 75 percent of the injuries are sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Now a study focuses on concussion specialists using telemedicine technology to determine if a player needs to be removed from play in real time. Read the full article […]

Science Daily: Unravelling a mystery cause of multiple sclerosis

Ahead of MS Awareness Week, an international team of researchers has discovered a new cellular mechanism — an underlying defect in brain cells — that may cause the disease, and a potential hallmark that may be a target for future treatment of the autoimmune disorder. (April 24, 2017) Read the full article here

TODAY: Exercise can boost brain power, prevent heart damage

Looking for a magic elixir for health? There’s more evidence exercise may be it, improving thinking skills in older adults and protecting against heart damage in obese people, two separate studies published Monday show. (April 24, 2017) Read the full article here

Real Clear Science: Your brain’s amazing, dual-hemisphere design

The human brain evolved to have two halves — and a new review of previous research suggests that this dual design may confer special benefits. Scientists have long known that the different halves of human brains perform different functions. Read the full article here

Nutrition, Stress and the Brain

Eating your daily dose of fruits and vegetables could help relieve some of your stress. Researchers from the University of Sydney found that moderate daily fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with lower rates of psychological stress. Source: News Medical

The Washington Post: Study links diet soda to higher risk of stroke, dementia

Americans trying to stay healthy have abandoned sugary drinks for diet drinks in droves over the past few decades on the theory that the latter is better than the former. Now, more evidence has emerged to refute that rationale. Indeed, a new study shows an association between diet soda and both stroke and dementia, with people […]

Real Clear Science: Rethinking critical thinking

In an opinion piece published to the journal Frontiers in Psychology, Schmaltz suggests placing less emphasis on “critical thinking” and more on teaching students to “think like scientists.” An excellent place to start is with Carl Sagan’s “baloney detection kit.” (April 20, 2017) Read the full article here