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Brain Health News

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 […]

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 […]

Warning on Neurotoxic Pesticides

A controversial decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow water borne use of a neurotoxic pesticide has ignited debate on the safety of using pesticides directly on aquatic ecosystems. The pesticide in question is imidacloprid, a chemical used extensively for pest control on millions of acres of farmland and cropland, along with […]

Positive Traits of a Healthy 90 Year Old Brain

Planning on living into your 80s and 90s? If you also plan on having a good quality of life in your later decades, pay attention to these important traits of healthy seniors. Backed by research from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, there are several […]