Cognitive training beneficial for schizophrenia patients

Dec 07, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Cognitive training has long been around and has been advertised as a way to boost the powers of the brain, however science has shown the real benefits are limited or absent for healthy individuals.
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Higher risk of mental illness linked to childhood infections

Dec 06, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Throat infections, fever and infections during childhood are also a risk for developing mental disorders during infancy or in adolescence. The study finds that children who have been hospitalized with an i... Read more

Vaping cannabis has a stronger effect than smoking it

Dec 05, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Vaping is generally considered safer than smoking since the vaping devices heat cannabis at temperatures where the chemicals are released as vapors and theoretically don’t produce harmful materials s... Read more

Where does loss of pleasure in depression arise in the brain?

Dec 04, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have found out the brain region associated with the loss of pleasure seen in depression.

Using experiments conducted in marmosets, which are non-human primates, they identifi... Read more

Social deficits in autism reversed by microbiota

Dec 04, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


The number of effects that gut bacteria (microbiota) exert on the brain keeps increasing.

Now, scientists found that Lactobacillus reuteri reverses social deficits in several mouse models... Read more

Controlling alcohol intake could help weight loss in diabetes

Dec 04, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers studied 5000 people who were overweight and had diabetes for a period of 4 years. They found that people who abstained for alcohol consumption over these four years lost significantly more weig... Read more

Maybe being a night-owl is not good after all

Dec 03, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


In a review article published recently, researchers have been able to show that night owls are at an increased risk of health issues like type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. One of the primary reasons for ... Read more

Do bigger brains mean smarter brains?

Dec 03, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


For almost two centuries scientists have been looking for an association between the size of the brain and intelligence, but the connection remained unclear. Now, a new research study brings new data to sh... Read more

Stimulating the brain for treatment of depression

Nov 30, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have identified the lateral orbitofrontal cortex are a new region for treatment of depression by electrical stimulation. Stimulating the lateral OFC seems to produce brain activity patterns sim... Read more

Resilience could have a neurobiological basis

Nov 29, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Exposure to neighborhood violence is consistently associated with increased of impaired cardiometabolic heath in youth. However, not all youth are equally affected and some show better abilities to handle ... Read more

RNA fragments accumulate in brain cells during aging and could interfere with brain cell function

Nov 29, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Neuroscientists have found that damage to aging neurons caused by oxidative stress produces a surprising pileup of short RNA fragments. These fragments bind to ribosomes, the protein factories of the cell... Read more

Genes that increase risk for ADHD identified for the first time

Nov 29, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


A huge international collaborative study has identified genetic risk factors of ADHD for the first time. The entire genome of 20,000 people with ADHD and 35,000 without ADHD was studied and the researchers... Read more

Playing American football affects youth brain development

Nov 27, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Playing even a single season of contact sports might affect the development of the brain of young football players. Researchers have found out that repeated head impacts could affect the normal pruning of ... Read more

Why some love and some hate Black Friday

Nov 26, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

Researchers are trying to find why some people enjoy the thrill of Black Friday shopping while others loathe it. While some search for bargains like they train for marathons, others stay in the safe confin... Read more

DNA vaccine for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Nov 26, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Alzheimer’s disease is associated with accumulation of tau and amyloid beta proteins in the brain leading to neurodegeneration. Now, researchers have developed a DNA vaccine, which decreases the acc... Read more

Brain uses two clocks to predict the future

Nov 23, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


While one clock uses memories from past experiences, the other clock relies on the rhythm. And importantly both are necessary to navigate through this world. Researchers studied people with Parkinson&rsquo... Read more

How citizen scientists solve complex problems

Nov 22, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


When citizen scientists are asked to perform a complex task, they can compete with state-of-the-art algorithms in terms of solving natural science problems. But it is not clear why a collective of citizen scientists can solve such complex tasks.<... Read more

We shouldn’t like coffee, but weirdly we do

Nov 19, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Evolutionarily, bitterness is like a natural warning system to protect us from harmful substances, so in an ideal world we should just spit out the coffee.

However, researchers have found... Read more

Unique brain networks identified for Autism behaviors

Nov 14, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Scientists have for the first time identified the unique brain network fingerprints for the prototypical behaviors observed in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autism is characterized by restric... Read more

No exercise associated with poor mental health

Nov 13, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


While physical activities like exercise and sports are touted to prevent to cure several conditions like obesity and hypertension, long term inactivity has several negative health consequences too.

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