Towards Better Treatments for Brain Diseases

What if brain diseases like schizophrenia and major depression could be detected and successfully treated before symptoms begin to wreck lives? Why are half of all traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases missed in visits to the hospital emergency department and the doctor’s office? These provocative questions were raised in an outdoor science symposium held at […]

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Caregiver Burnout

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing stress and how to locate and utilize your local resources. Once you have recognized the symptoms of caregiver burnout and you realize that “going it alone” is no longer a healthy option for you or your loved one, […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Be Repurposed For Alzheimer’s Disease

A medication commonly used to treat inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis could turn out to have useful treatment effects for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. Salsalate, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), appears to prevent the buildup of toxic tau protein in the brain. In addition to Alzheimer’s, harmful tau […]

The Science of Learning How to Learn, Part Two

This is Part Two of Learning How to Learn. In Part One, we covered how chunking relevant pieces of information together, and then using these chunks to form new associations is a foundation for new learning. We also reviewed the concept of focused versus diffuse thinking, with the ability to alternate between these thinking styles […]

Is Gluten Bad for Your Brain Health?

We note that local Public Broadcasting System (PBS) channels across the US have been airing a fundraising program centered on the BrainChange and Brain Maker infomercials, hosted by David Perlmutter M.D. Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist by training, is known for offering opinions (backed by some reliable research) that eating certain types of food can either […]

Meditation Changes – and Grows – Your Brain

Want to increase the size of your brain? Try meditation on a regular schedule, based on the results from a growing number of brain imaging studies. It’s been well known for a long time that meditation practices can reduce stress levels, and elevate a sense of calmness and wellbeing. Improved cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure […]

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Burnout

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing stress and how to locate and utilize your local resources. The demands of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over […]

UCSD Plays Hardball with USC over Alzheimer’s Study Database

The University of Southern California (USC) fired off the latest salvo on Friday in a legal dispute with University of California San Diego (UCSD) over control of a major Alzheimer’s research study. The trigger for the original lawsuit was the June 21 resignation of the Director of ADCS, Dr. Paul S. Aisen, from his job […]