New Study IDs Brain Cells That Help Us Learn by Watching Others

-Janice Wood From infancy, we learn by watching other people, and new research has pinpointed the individual neurons that support this observational learning. Published in Nature Communications, the study from researchers at the University of California Los Angeles and California Institute of Technology could provide scientists with a better understanding of how the brain goesContinue reading “New Study IDs Brain Cells That Help Us Learn by Watching Others”

Caffeine May Protect Women from Dementia

-Rick Nauert, PhD A new study of women aged 65 and older discovered a 36 percent reduction in dementia among women who consumed caffeine. Researchers followed the women for over 10 years. The women self-reported caffeine consumption of more than 261 mg per day or the equivalent to two to three 8-oz cups of coffeeContinue reading “Caffeine May Protect Women from Dementia”

Moderately Vigorous Exercise in Midlife Tied to Greater Cognition in Old Age

-Traci Pedersen Moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife is linked to better cognition 25 years later, according to a new study involving 3,050 twins from the Finnish Twin Cohort. While traditional vascular risk factors (elevated blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, diabetes, and lack of exercise) have been associated with dementia risk, until now it has remainedContinue reading “Moderately Vigorous Exercise in Midlife Tied to Greater Cognition in Old Age”

10 Days Without Exercise Can Reduce Blood Flow in Brain

-Traci Pedersen We know that when highly active people stop exercising for one or two weeks, their cardiovascular endurance begins to diminish. But what effect, if any, does an exercise break have on the brain? This was the focus of a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. UsingContinue reading “10 Days Without Exercise Can Reduce Blood Flow in Brain”

Dopamine Returns to Normal 3 Months After Quitting Smoking

-Traci Pedersen Three months after quitting smoking, levels of dopamine in the brain return to normal, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings suggest that dopamine deficits found in smokers are due to the smoking itself and are not necessarily a pre-existing risk factor. A major challenge in understandingContinue reading “Dopamine Returns to Normal 3 Months After Quitting Smoking”

Mid-Life Forgetfulness May Not Be Decline

-Rick Nauert, PhD A new study suggests memory decline in mid-life may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function. Memory issues that often present during a person’s fourth decade include the inability to remember details such asContinue reading “Mid-Life Forgetfulness May Not Be Decline”

Trauma is an Experience, Not an Event

-Santiago Delboy, MBA, MSW, LSW, S-PSB It seems like “trauma” has become one of those household terms everyone talks about. I took a look at the number of average monthly Google searches for “trauma” in the U.S., and found that it has grown 22% in only one year. As with other terms that became mainstream (forContinue reading “Trauma is an Experience, Not an Event”

Where did the Joy of Learning Go?

Rekindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School Connect your children to what they learn at school through their interests and past positive experiences so they will WANT to learn what they HAVE to learn. Where did the joy of learning go? When school stops being fun, all too frequently, learning stops. Help your child retain thatContinue reading “Where did the Joy of Learning Go?”

Small Study Shows Memory Loss from Alzheimer’s Can Be Reversed

A small trial of 10 patients has found that broad-based treatment with personalized therapy can reverse memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease. Results from quantitative MRI and neuropsychological testing show “unprecedented” improvements in the patients with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or its precursors following the treatment, according to researchers from the Buck Institute for Research onContinue reading “Small Study Shows Memory Loss from Alzheimer’s Can Be Reversed”

Molecule May Improve Dopamine Function in Parkinson’s

Patients with Parkinson’s disease who supplement with n-acetylcysteine (NAC), a natural molecule with strong antioxidant effects, experience notable improvements in dopamine function, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. NAC is an oral supplement that can be found at most nutrition and health food stores. In a medical setting, NAC hasContinue reading “Molecule May Improve Dopamine Function in Parkinson’s”