Jul 21, 2017
fMRI, EEG may detect consciousness in patients with acute, severe traumatic brain injury
Study the first to search for covert consciousness in patients in the intensive care unit who have severe traumatic brain injuries and a level of consciousness not revealed by the standard bedside neurologic examination.
Jul 12, 2017
PTSD may be physical and not only psychological
The part of the brain that helps control emotion may be larger in people who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after brain injury compared to those with a brain injury without PTSD.
Jun 29, 2017
Cocoa & chocolate—they are good for your cognition
Italian researchers review the available literature and come to a promising conclusion: cocoa can be seen as a dietary supplement to protect human cognition and can counteract different types of cognitive decline. The recent review is published in Frontiers in Nutrition.
Jun 22, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors do not contribute to dementia or Alzheimer disease
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds a decreased risk of cognitive decline among the people who used Proton pump inhibitors regularly, as well as among people who used them occasionally. The researchers cautioned, however, that clinical trials are needed to confirm the findings.
Jun 15, 2017
Low-dose CT scanning improves assessment of ankylosing spondylitis patients
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology 2017 showed that low dose computed tomography is more sensitive than conventional radiographs in the monitoring of disease progression in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
Jun 02, 2017
Uncovering why playing a musical instrument can protect brain health
A recent study conducted at Baycrest Health Sciences has uncovered a crucial piece into why playing a musical instrument can help older adults retain their listening skills and ward off age-related cognitive declines. This finding could lead to the development of brain rehabilitation interventions through musical training.
Jun 01, 2017
Social laughter releases endorphins in the brain
Study results published in The Journal of Neuroscience highlight that endorphin release induced by social laughter may be an important pathway that supports social bonds between humans, and that the relationship between opioid receptor density and laughter rate suggests that the opioid system may underlie individual differences in sociability.
May 31, 2017
Microglia linked to Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, schizophrenia
Scientists have, for the first time, characterized the molecular markers that make microglia unique. In the process, they discovered further evidence that microglia may play roles in a variety of neurodegenerative and psychiatric illnesses, including Alzheimer, Parkinson and Huntington diseases as well as schizophrenia, autism, and depression.
May 25, 2017
New metamaterial-enhanced MRI technique tested on humans
Scientists designed and tested a new metasurface-based technology for enhancing the local sensitivity of MRI scanners on humans for the first time. The results published in Scientific Reports show that the use of metasurfaces can potentially reduce image acquisition time, thus improving comfort for patients, or acquire higher resolution images for better disease diagnosis.
Apr 25, 2017
What the age of your brain says about you
A study just published in Molecular Psychiatry introduces a clinically relevant neuroimaging aging biomarker and demonstrates that combining distinct measures of biological aging further helps to determine risk of age-related deterioration and death. Such biomarkers could potentially identify those at risk of age-associated health problems years before symptoms appear, and be used as outcome measures in trials of therapeutics aimed at delaying the onset of age-related disease.