Neuroscience

New Clues About Memory Loss In Older People

New research published in Neurology links ‘silent strokes,’ found in one out of four older adults to memory loss in the elderly. A study of memory loss in the elderly examined both silent strokes and hippocampal shrinkage simultaneously. For the study, a group of 658 people ages 65 and older and free of dementia were […]

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Headache Significant Cause of Attrition in Deployed Military Personnel

In a study by Cohen and colleagues to evaluate the impact of headache on personnel deployed in war zones and to identify factors associated with return to duty (RTD), only 33% of the 985 participants (mean age, 29.6 years; 87.5% men) who were medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2009 with a […]

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By R Kennedy | Headache . Migraine . Neuroscience
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Can Social Networks Change Our Brain?

Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust have found a direct link between the number of ‘Facebook friends’ a person has and the size of particular brain regions. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers at University College London (UCL) also showed that the more Facebook friends a person […]

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Different Brain Rhythms In Healthy And Ill

Virtual brains modeling epilepsy and schizophrenia display less complexity among functional connections, and other differences compared to healthy brain models, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report. The researchers worked backward from brain rhythms – the oscillating patterns of electrical activity in the brain recorded on electroencephalograms – from both healthy and […]

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Dangerous Mobile Phone Use May Be OCD

Information researchers at the University of Arkansas have found evidence that suggests dangerous mobile phone usage while driving may be attributed to obsessive-compulsive disorder traits rather than addiction.[Read more…]

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By R Kennedy | Neuroscience . News
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Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Mortality

Two interesting research articles this week about cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. One in the Archives of General Psychiatry that found that cognitive markers at baseline were more robust predictors of conversion than most biomarkers. And a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine  reports that cognitive impairment, even when detected at an early, mild stage, […]

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National Academies Press Offers Free Book Downloads

As of June 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes their current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP. NAP is the publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute […]

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By R Kennedy | Education . Neuroscience . Technology
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“Trigger Site” Plastic Surgery Reduces or Eliminates Migraine Headaches

A recent publication in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery discussed a new surgical technique to “deactivate” migraine headaches through “surgical deactivation” of “trigger sites” in the muscles or nerves that produce pain. Developed by ASPS Member Bahman Guyuron, MD, Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and […]

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By R Kennedy | Migraine . Neuroscience
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