Soccer Headers Can Impair Memory

Several new studies shed more light on the short term and long term brain health consequences of heading a soccer ball (football for everyone not in the U.S.) Depending on position, soccer players can head the ball 500-1,500 times per year. This can mean thousands of headers over several years for many players. So how… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Rates are Dropping

Some good news in the ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s disease: several recent studies indicate that rates of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia have decreased significantly in the past 15 to 20 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and loss of other cognitive abilities serious… Read More »

The Promise of Exponential Medicine

The Exponential Medicine Conference, held in San Diego earlier this month, is always a fascinating dive into the increasing pace of medical innovation, ranging from biohacking, medical robotics, applying nanotechnology for cancer treatment, to how machine learning on millions of human genomes holds the promise of predicting disease before it starts. The fast moving four… Read More »

The Genetics of Concussion Recovery

Of the more than 2.5 million concussions that occur every year in the US (source: CDC), the majority of people who have concussion symptoms can typically return to normal activities within 10 days to a few weeks after the event that caused the concussion. For an unfortunate minority, however, concussion symptoms such as headache, dizziness,… Read More »

Super-Agers and Memory Health

Super-agers are a select group of adults in their 70s, 80s, and older who can match the memory performance of a typical 25 year old, and in some cases these older adults have far superior memory skills compared to people decades younger. Most people begin to experience a subtle decline in memory in their 50s,… Read More »

Mapping Happiness (& other emotions) in the Brain

. Happiness really is a state of mind, based on results from a recent brain imaging study led by a cognitive neuroscience lab at Duke University. The LaBar lab research project, published in the journal PLOS Biology, shows how distinct emotional brain states can emerge and then change character, especially when people let their mind… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Prevention Strategies: Claims versus Reality

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto is wrapping up later this week, and over 5,000 attendees are going home with a trove of new, and sometimes conflicting information. We have selected a few highlights from AAIC 2016 and provide a summary for reference: The Claim: Brain Training Can Prevent Dementia The Reality: The… Read More »

Marijuana, Sleep, and Dreams

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on marijuana (cannabis) use and brain health. The first article reviews medical research on cannabis to control pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). The second article provides an overview of the human endocannabinoid system, and how marijuana use interacts with this system. The… Read More »