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Can’t Get Started? Can’t Catch Up?

Why do we put things off, when it would be so much easier to just go ahead and get them out of the way?

New strategy to prevent Alzheimer's disease

Taking a pill that prevents the accumulation of toxic molecules in the brain might someday help prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists.

Why Our 'Procrastinating' Brains Still Outperform Computers

Automated financial trading machines can make complex decisions in a thousandth of a second. A human being making a choice – however simple – can never be faster than about one-fifth of a second. Our reaction times are not only slowShow More Summary

Is Hospice Care an After Thought in Dementia Care?

For many dying seniors Hospice care (palliative care) happens only as an afterthought. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I wonder how many dementia caregivers really understand Hospice? How many take the time to plan well in advance...Show More Summary

Impaired recycling of mitochondria in autism?

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic disorder that causes autism in about half of those affected, could stem from a defect in a basic system cells use to recycle their mitochondria, report scientists. They believe their findings open new treatment possibilities not just for TSC, but possibly for other forms of autism and some neurologic disorders.

Depression Can Make You Hear Voices

People often hide psychotic symptoms when getting treated for depression. That's a problem, because they need to be evaluated for an anti-psychotic drug or ECT.

Treatment approach used in cancer holds promise for Alzheimer's disease

New Alzheimer's treatment could be delivered as nasal spray, say scientists. Researchers have developed a novel treatment that could block the development of Alzheimer's disease using microscopic droplets of fat to carry drugs into the brain. Show More Summary

Advances made in Alzheimer's research

A major advance has been made in Alzheimer’s research, say researchers. They showed how a diseased vertebrate brain can naturally react to Alzheimer’s pathology by forming more neurons. Two proteins (Interleukin-4 and STAT6) have been identified to be relevant for this process. Show More Summary

You Have Power Over Your Brain Chemistry

Your brain has an operating system inherited from earlier animals. It rewards you with happy chemicals when you step toward meeting needs, and alarms you with unhappy chemicals...

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

Kids who cut:

American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.

Self-Injury: 4 Reasons People Cut and What to Do

Far from affecting only the stereotype of the angsty teenage girl with piercings and eyeliner, self-harm affects people of all ages, genders, and walks of life.

Exercise may help ward off memory decline

Exercise may be associated with a small benefit for elderly people who already have memory and thinking problems, according to new research. The research involved people with vascular cognitive impairment, which is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. Show More Summary

Single gene linked to some cases of autism spectrum disorder

Scientists have linked mutations in a single gene to autism in people who have a rare tumor syndrome typically diagnosed in childhood. The findings, in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), may lead to a better understanding of the genetic roots of autism in the wider population.

A Wine-y Time of Year

Wine is a delicious and pleasing quaff on a fall day, the season of the grape harvest or crush. But what are the health benefits or detriments? Read on!

Groundbreaking Study Unearths Physical Roots of Depression

An international team of researchers has identified the neurobiological roots of depression. This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

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