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Regular Exercise, Healthy Diet Can Significantly Reduce Aging Of Human Brain

People who experienced cognitive decline can still reverse its effects by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. In a study, participants saw their brain age improve after only six months.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 20, 2018

Just Thinking About Stress In The Morning Could Lower Cognitive Capacity Throughout The Day

Waking up in the morning anticipating stress could affect how a person learns and retains memory throughout the day. A new study further investigates the use of wearable devices to analyze how stress affects the body and behavior.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 9, 2018

Artificial Human Prion Responsible For Fatal Brain Disorders Grown In The Lab

Researchers created an artificial human prion through a laboratory experiment with proteins from E. coli bacteria. The synthetic human prion offered experts more understanding on how to combat infectious and fatal brain disorders.

Biotech June 7, 2018

Scientists Locate Spiritual Part Of Brain Not Necessarily Activated By Religion

A team of scientists identified the portion of the brain that is activated when people undergo spiritual experiences. The researchers said the study could help understand the importance of spiritual experience to mental health.

Neuroscience June 4, 2018

‘Second Brain’ Found In The Gut Might Be Smarter Than Brain In The Head

Scientists described for the first time how the ‘second brain’ in the gut perform its specific functions. The team found that this ‘second brain’ work autonomously from the central nervous system.

Feature | Health May 31, 2018

6 Ways To Keep Your Brain Young

From brainy activities to eating a healthy diet and taking Omega-3 supplements, there are plenty of ways to improve brain function. Here are 6 ways to keep your brain young.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 21, 2018

Sleep Deprivation May Disrupt Brain Cells And Change How We See The World

Not having enough sleep affects brain cell functions, resulting to poorer visual perception and delayed reaction times. The way a person sees the world changes drastically when the brain cells fire poorly.

Neuroscience November 7, 2017

Want To Have Good Memory Later In Life? Low And Regular Use Of Cannabis Could Help

A new study discovered that tetrahydrocannabinol or THC had a positive effect on aging mice's brains and could impact human brains similarly. The human trials are expected to start in the latter half of 2017.

Public Health May 9, 2017

From Foe To Friend: Deadly Funnel-Web Spider Could Help Save Stroke Victims From Brain Damage

A molecule found in the deadly venom of funnel-web spiders can reduce neuron damage after stroke by 80 percent. If successful in human trials, the compound could drastically improve treatment options.

Neuroscience March 21, 2017

Brain 10 Times More Active Than Previously Thought

New research has shown that human brain activity is 10 times more intense than previously thought. This discovery could significantly impact the way neurological disorders are treated.

Neuroscience March 16, 2017

Your Brain May Still Work After You Die

Canadian researchers suggest that brain activity can continue up to 10 minutes after a person is clinically dead. The paper is based on a human subject whose brain remained in delta activity after being plugged off life support.

Neuroscience March 12, 2017

Researchers Identify Brain Hormone That Triggers Fat Burning

Researchers have identified the brain hormone responsible for triggering the gut’s fat-burning process. Their findings open up new health possibilities as scientists now have another drug target to consider in an effort to facilitate fat burning.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 28, 2017

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Continues To Grow Past Adolescence

Brain tissues are known to stop growing early in life but the brain tissue responsible for facial recognition continues to grow past adolescence. What necessitates this continued growth?

Neuroscience January 5, 2017

Big Brains Are Rare: Here’s Why

New research suggests that larger brains have a higher energy expenditure. The study can be paired with the results of another research, concerning the metabolic implications of larger brains.

Neuroscience January 1, 2017

Teenage Binge Drinking Can Affect Brain Function In Future Children

Binge drinking affects teen health today, but researchers have discovered that consuming alcohol in excess during adolescence may also have possible effects on the teens' future children.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 15, 2016

Researchers Discover Physical Source Of Depression

Researchers have uncovered the physical source of depression in the brain, allowing them to take a step closer toward helping improve treatment options for a condition that affects millions of Americans.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 22, 2016

Marijuana Use Actually Dulls Creative Thinking, Says Psychologist

Weed users continue to grow in number in the U.S., many of whom boast of taking cannabis for the substance’s benefits on creativity. A psychologist begs to differ, however, saying that marijuana use actually dulls creative thinking.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 5, 2016

Study Finds ‘Brain Training’ Effective In Certain Tasks, Not So Much In Others

A new study has found that brain training exercises are inefficient in improving the entirety og cognitive functions. It has concluded that these types of stimuli can only improve the very task-specific performance at best.

Neuroscience October 5, 2016

Is It Worth It? Here’s How Your Brain Decides Between Effort And Reward

The brain has always been involved in decision-making processes. Now, researchers have identified specific regions in the brain responsible for assessing if effort required is worth the reward.

Neuroscience September 30, 2016

Here's How The Brain Makes Or Breaks A Habit

Your brain has processes it follows to make or break habits. Researchers are exploring how these brain processes can be manipulated to strike a balance between habitual and deliberate action.

Neuroscience May 27, 2016

Baby's Cry Can Change The Way Parents Think

Hearing a baby's cry can reduce the ability of parents to focus on tasks, a new study says. However, findings show that it could also teach adults how to focus their attention more selectively by triggering greater cognitive conflict processing.

May 24, 2016

Higher BP Fluctuations Linked To Faster Decline In Brain Function

Higher fluctuations in blood pressure may increase the risk of brain function decline, a new study has found. Higher variability in BP readings may signify inconsistent blood flow, which may lead to cognitive problems and other health conditions.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 24, 2016

Antibiotics May Stop Growth Of New Brain Cells

Researchers have discovered that long-term antibiotic treatment could produce adverse effects on memory function. It could also prevent the production of new brain cells in the hippocampus of the brain.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 23, 2016

This Is How Your Brain Recognizes Other People's Facial Expressions

The brain functions in so many ways, including recognizing people's facial expression. A new study has revealed what part of the brain is responsible for recognizing facial expressions.

Neuroscience April 22, 2016

Maple Syrup Helps Protect Neurons, Brain Function In Worm Study

Here's another reason to love maple syrup: It helps protect neurons and brain function, according to a roundworm study. The sticky stuff is rich in antioxidants that keep the neurons healthy.

Life April 15, 2016

Different Brain Circuits Respond Differently To Eating Sweets

Do you do it for the taste? You may find pleasure in eating sweets but your brain circuits have different definitions of what they find pleasurable when you consume treats.

Life March 29, 2016

Keeping The Heart Healthy May Protect Brain From Aging

Another reason why you should love your heart. A new study has found that keeping the heart healthy helps prevent declines in thinking and memory skills and brain-processing speed.

Life March 17, 2016

This Monkey Controls A Wheelchair Using Its Mind

A new study found that monkeys can control a wheelchair only through its mind. The study findings may pave the way for better control of paralyzed patients over assistive devices and other equipment.

Life March 4, 2016

Excessive Antibiotic Use May Trigger Mental Confusion: Study

A new study sheds light in the possible link between antibiotic use and delirium in patients. Delirium, a serious disruption in brain function, could lead to serious complications if it's left untreated.

Life February 23, 2016

Eating Chocolate Regularly Linked To Better Brain Function

Bring out your inner chocoholic and get smarter with every bite! Researchers found that regular chocolate intake is linked to better brain function.

Life February 22, 2016

High-Reward Memories Prioritized During Memory Replay

Researchers have found that the brain may be filtering memories by retaining those it believes will result in a reward in the future. Their findings offer clues on how memory recall works.

Life February 13, 2016

Teen Marijuana Users Have Poorer Verbal Memory In Middle Age

A study discovered that middle-aged people who smoked weed as teenagers had poorer verbal memory. Verbal memory decreased by 0.13 standardized units for every five years of past marijuana exposure.

Life February 11, 2016

Stand-Up Desks In School May Improve Students' Brain Function: Study

American researchers found students who used standing desks in school had increased brain function. Anecdotal evidence also showed students performed and focused better when using standing desks compared to sitting desks.

Life January 17, 2016

Lack Of Serotonin Can Alter Brain Function And Development

According to researchers, low levels of serotonin can negatively impact the brain. Their findings provided insight on the role of neurotransmitters in brain function and development.

Life December 28, 2015

How A Digitally Simulated Rat Brain Holds Clues About Sleep And Brain Disorders

Researchers from the EPFL were able to successfully create a virtual simulation of a portion of a rat's brain. Because of the similarities between rat and human brains, the findings may lead to better understanding of the functions and disorders of the latter.

Life October 26, 2015

Healthy Body Could Translate To Healthy Brain In Older Adults: Study

A new study shows improved executive functions in the brain of older people with better cardiorespiratory health.

Life September 15, 2015

GE Neuro VR Oculus App Lets Users Explore The Mind Of A Musician

GE in collaboration with VR creative studio Kite & Lightning debuted its new Oculus app that lets viewers explore the mind of musician Reuben Wu.

Apps/Software September 2, 2015

Stroke Can Age Your Brain By Eight Years Overnight

A new research discovers that stroke can cause the brain to age by eight years. The researchers analyzed the data of older adults over a period of 12 years, and those who had a stroke within that time manifested more advanced brain aging.

Life June 9, 2015

Researchers Find 'Strongest Evidence Yet' For Cause Of Schizophrenia

Researchers report zeroing in on the primary cause of schizophrenia. Genetic mutations' impact on brain chemistry strongly implicated as an underlying cause, they say.

Life June 4, 2015

Geomagnetic Compass Implant Helps Blind Rats 'See'

Research with rats reveals how a wearable sensor can tap into brain potential to make up for lost sight. The findings could possibly be applied to assisting humans with seeing problems.

Life April 4, 2015

Daydreaming Can Help Improve Mental Capacity For Complex Tasks

It turns out daydreaming’s actually good for you, as researchers discover the capacity-enhancing ability of mind-wandering which helps in accomplishing complex tasks.

Life February 24, 2015

Monkeys Are So Curious They'll Trade Prizes For Knowledge

Monkeys seem willing to forego a "sure thing" prize right now just to learn if they've won it but would have to wait for it, study finds. Study could give insights into human curiosity and what we'll give up to satisfy it, researchers say.

February 13, 2015

How Typing on Smartphones Changes Our Brain Connections

Smartphones make us use our thumbs and fingers in new ways, and that's changing our brains, researcher say. Personal digital technology is continually reshaping our brains, they say.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech December 23, 2014

Why Humans are Smarter than Chimps? Thank this Brain Network

Chimps may appear more cunning but humans are still smarter, according to a study. Brain differences show people still have higher cognitive abilities than other primates.

December 6, 2014

Cancer drug nilotinib may help cure Alzheimer’s disease: It's all in tau

Researchers say it's a protein, not plaque, that's behind Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A cancer drug made to treat leukemia may hold key to combating both, they say.

Life November 2, 2014

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