The 20 Second Brain Health Test

If you have 20 seconds to spare, try this brain test which can tell you a surprising amount of information about the health of your brain: Keeping your eyes open, balance yourself on one leg for at least 20 seconds. Yes, that’s all. This seemingly simple task activates a complex system of sensory, balance, and […]

Biogen Drug Offers a Glimmer of Hope for Alzheimers Disease

An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment, code named BIIB037 (also known as aducanumab, an amyloid antibody), has shown some encouraging improvements in cognition for patients during a small, preliminary Phase I trial conducted by Biogen Idec. The improvement in cognition for Alzheimer’s patients taking aducanumab was statistically significant, so this will be an interesting Alzheimer’s drug candidate […]

Even “Minor” Concussions Can Cause Brain Bleeding

A recent brain imaging study confirms that small areas of bleeding known as microbleeds can occur in the cerebral cortex of people who have sustained concussions. By using an MRI imaging technique called susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), researchers were able to identify several areas of cerebral cortex bleeding in mild TBI (concussion) patients that were completely […]

Information Sharing and Education in Focus at Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference

Next week several hundred neuroscientists, medical experts, entrepreneurs, and policy makers will gather in Los Angeles to discuss the impact of brain research advances and neurotechnology breakthroughs during the annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. These breakthroughs range from external brain stimulation devices, to emerging methods to detect Alzheimer’s and dementia long before […]

Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference Highlights Wellness Projects

Waste in the US health care system would fund all K-12 education costs in the country – currently around $600 Billion a year. That concise fact was highlighted during the Clinton Health Matters Summit, hosted in Indian Wells at the end of January. The final panel on health and the economy, featuring President Clinton as […]

Are Brain Training Programs a Scam?

It takes a lot to get neuroscientists in an uproar, but the subject of brain training programs and whether they are effective seems to do the trick. The latest round started with Stanford Center on Longevity issuing an open letter criticizing the “magic bullet” claims of many commercial brain training companies. A competing open letter […]

A Migraine Prevention Treatment on the Horizon

What if there was a way to prevent migraines from starting? Based on some hopeful clinical trial results, millions of people suffering from migraines may soon have an answer. Current medications treat only the symptoms of recurring migraines; they offer no help to prevent the start of a migraine attack. Researchers investigating the intricate details […]