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Does Your Brain Work Differently Depending on the Seasons?

The brain is the body’s the most mysterious organ. It functions in ways that experts are still trying to figure out. As much as we know about this organ, there are still various things left to discover and learn. For instance, did you know that the brain functions differently in winter than it does in […]

Best And Worst In Health and Healthcare – March 2016

The best news from March is that spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere! Spring is a great time to go outside and get active, which, as March showed us yet again, will only do you good. Health and healthcare research also brought us good news in the form of new diagnostic tools and new […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – March 2016

In this article I present a selection of publications that came out in March. There were many interesting developments, both in fundamental neuroscience and neurology, and in the practical aspects of dealing with brain-related diseases and disorders. On March 20th, the scientific community marked the birthday of Erwin Neher, who received the 1991 Nobel Price […]

Brain Training – Can We Really Enhance Our Cognitive Skills?

“Under what conditions does brain training work?” was the question posed at one of the sessions of the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, Monitoring and Enhancing Brain Health in the Pervasive Neuroscience Era, an event that brought together over 30 of the world’s top experts on brain health enhancement through emerging neurotechnological interventions. Show More Summary

Dementia and Proton Pump Inhibitors – Cause and Effect or No Cause for Concern?

Many older adults take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat gastrointestinal diseases. And, many older adults have dementia. Recently, a study in JAMA Neurology linked these two common features of the elderly, but questions remain about the validity of the results and about the real risk of PPI use. The authors of the current study […]

Top Tech Gadgets for the Elderly

The elderly have often been neglected by technology developers as a focus market. The stereotype is that they are technophobes, or at least slow to pick up new innovations. However, in reality not only are the elderly very capable of using a range of complex modern technologies, they are also very often in need of […]

Who Is and Is Not a Violent Sexual Offender?

In a previous BrainBlogger article, I discussed the profile of the pedophile, Jerry Sandusky. Here, I outline essential criteria used to confirm or disconfirm who may be a violent sex offender (VSO). The above determination is far from an exact science. However, there are some criteria and psychometric tools that demonstrate solid validity and reliability. […]

Traumatic Brain Injury – Can Deep Sleep Be Neuroprotective?

From all the injuries our body can sustain, damage to the brain is the most likely to cause death or permanent disabilities. Traumatic brain injury is a highly incident condition: it is estimated that up to 60 million people worldwide may suffer any type of traumatic brain injuries each year, including mild injuries, mainly due […]

Bringing Back Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

Memory loss is one of the most well-known and heartbreaking consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. As Alzheimer’s starts to develop, episodic memory starts to decline. This means that the memory of personal experiences and events, and of the time, place and emotional context of those experiences starts to fade. Memory requires the ability to encode, consolidate, […]

Digital Childhood

Many children these days have access to a multitude of digital items from a very tender age. They also rapidly pick up skills in these items’ use. Devices commonly accessed by young children include large and small screens, keyboards and control functions for mobile phones, laptops, tablets, televisions and desktop computers. According to a recent […]

Brain-Machine Interfaces – New Technology in the Making

Until recently, the idea of controlling our environment using our thoughts belonged to science fiction books and movies. But with the development of neuroscience in the last 30 years, this dream is becoming a reality. Nowadays, we are able to use the brain’s electrical activity to make changes and control our surrounding environment through the […]

Autism May Affect Social Development of the Brain

Experts at the University of California have published a research in Brain and Behavior, a journal, revealing how the brain’s “social area” is undeveloped in adolescents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As shown by the investigation, individuals with ASD have hyperperfusion, in which there is an increased blood flow going through the brain’s […]

The Trauma Inflicted by Child Sex Predators

I am prompted to compose this article for two primary reasons. First, I live in a Catholic Diocese (Altoona-Johnstown, PA) where a grand jury report very recently exposed that over four decades, over 50 priests and other church officials have harbored, protected, and enabled the victimization and mortification of hundreds of innocent children and youth […]

Schizophrenia’s Strongest Genetic Link

The discovery of a runaway gene is being touted as one of schizophrenia’s greatest breakthroughs. Researchers have discovered a gene that prunes away communication infrastructure in the brain, and when this gene prunes too much, schizophrenia can develop. Show More Summary

Sports Concussion – New Testing Methods are Imperative

The long-term, serious consequences of concussion have come to the attention of the general public with issues like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), found in the brains of deceased NFL players; and with its dramatization in the Will Smith-starring movie Concussion. Sports concussion is, of course, a condition prevalent not only in the NFL, but in […]

Screening for Depression in Children – Can We Stop it Before it Starts?

Diagnosing depression remains challenging in some people, despite well-known risk factors and symptoms of the condition. Now, new brain scans may lead to a screening tool that could be used to identify people who are vulnerable to depression later in life, possibly allowing early treatment and, possibly, prevention. A new brain imaging study, published in […]

Role of Shame in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

In a recent New York Times article, psychiatrist Sally Satel and psychologist Scott Lilienfeld discuss how shame can be useful in recovery from addiction. I find their position to be provocative, perhaps controversial to some. Recalling Erickson’s psychosocial stages of development, one of the early stages during childhood involves the mastery of enhanced autonomy or […]

Children’s IQ and Fade-Out Effect

People are not born with the same intellectual abilities. This is a simple fact of life, and there is nothing surprising about it. After all, we are also born with different height, physical strength, color of skin and so on. However, some characteristics of our body, such as muscular strength and endurance, are modifiable and […]

How Do We Learn Languages?

The use of sound is one of the most common methods of communication both in the animal kingdom and between humans. Animals use vocalization and calls to communicate and share critical information about food, dangers and individual intentions. Vocalization in the animal kingdom, as far as we know, relies on relatively small vocabulary of sounds, […]

Picking Apart Schizophrenia

In A Beautiful Mind, John Nash, played by Russell Crowe, is immersed in a fantasy world of conspiracy and paranoia. All of this we later learn is a product of his mind and a symptom of his untreated schizophrenia. This story is a powerful example of what’s known as the ‘positive’ symptoms of schizophrenia, […]

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