Will Teen Cannabis Use Impair Cognitive Development?

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.

Does Dietary Fiber Improve Brain Function As We Age?

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.

Aerobic Exercise Linked To Enhanced Brain Function

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.

Are Brain Changes Strike Three For Soybean Oil?

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?

Concussion Changes How Information Flows Within The Brain

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

Are Both Gut And Brain Connected To Parkinson’s Disease?

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?

Senior Memory Improves With High-Intensity Exercise

Granny and gramps get smarter when they go hardcore at the gym. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. What’s true, though, is that McMaster University researchers have found that high-intensity workouts give older adults a measurable memory boost. But if they want the benefits, they’ll need to go hard. Intensity is critical, according to… Continue reading Senior Memory Improves With High-Intensity Exercise

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Is it possible that maternal stress both during and before pregnancy can have a negative effect on the brain development in the baby? Yes, says new research from King’s College London. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, a research team headed by Alexandra Lautarescu, MRC Doctoral Researcher and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging Professor Serena… Continue reading Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Training Too Much Can Fatigue Your Brain

If you work out too much, you’d expect your body to be fatigued. You’d expect to feel tired, run down and maybe like a garbage truck had its’ way with your muscles. But according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, your brain can take a beating, too. Working with triathletes, who… Continue reading Training Too Much Can Fatigue Your Brain