Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance. There’s little argument about that. There are, however, many questions still to be answered about how caffeine effects the brain. Recent research seems to show that regular caffeine use may change the physical structure of the brain, at least temporarily.
We know that nutrition and brain health are inexorably linked. Multiple research studies have clearly shown this to be true. Fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all have a positive impact on cognitive health. But can wine and cheese really be the latest brain-boosting foods to add to that list?
There is an often debilitating brain pressure disorder on the rise. This disorder can cause disabling headaches, vision problems and in some cases, loss of vision. New research has linked the rise of this disorder to the rise in obesity rates in the US and abroad.
The relationship between teen cannabis use and cognitive impairment has been studied frequently. One question has been whether the cognitive impairment is causal or consequential to the cannabis use. A study out of Canada sought to answer that question and find out what effects teen cannabis use has on cognition.
There’s a huge body of research into why cognitive and memory function seem to decline as we age. A number of mechanisms and age-related conditions have been identified as connected to this decline. One is chronic brain inflammation. The solution to that issue may be simpler than we knew.
Cardiorespiratory exercise has many benefits. Those benefits extend to the brain as well as the heart and metabolism. A new study published in a special edition of the journal Brain Plasticity details some specific ways in which these “brain benefits” work and how they might especially help those at risk for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease.
Children need adequate sleep in order to grow and develop physically. But is a lack of sleep causing mental health problems, including depression and behavior issues?
Soybean oil is everywhere in American life. Websites run by everyone from doctors to random vegans tout it as a healthier alternative to vegetable oils, with some folks claiming unique health benefits ranging from lower blood sugar to X-ray vision. Okay, maybe not X-ray vision, but a quick web search will show you what I… Continue reading Are Brain Changes Strike Three For Soybean Oil?
Damage from concussion alters the way information is transmitted between the two halves of the brain, according to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Research has shown that the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that carries signals between the brain’s left and… Continue reading Concussion Changes How Information Flows Within The Brain
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease. It progresses slowly, destroying quality of life for those who suffer from it. PD affects muscle control, balance and movement. It is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder, behind either Alzheimer’s or dementia, depending on whose data you rely. Three percent of all adults over 65… Continue reading Are Both Gut And Brain Connected To Parkinson’s Disease?