Study Finds CTE in Both Athletes and Non-athletes

Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the largest, and broadest, study conducted of the disease to date. The findings were published June 14 in the international journal Brain Pathology. “Generally our findings point to CTE being more common in athletes and more common… Continue reading Study Finds CTE in Both Athletes and Non-athletes

Oral Hygiene May Mitigate Alzheimer’s Risk

You don’t only avoid holes in your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene, researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer┬┤s disease. The researchers have determined that gum disease (gingivitis) plays a decisive role in whether a person develops Alzheimer┬┤s or not. “We discovered DNA-based proof that… Continue reading Oral Hygiene May Mitigate Alzheimer’s Risk

Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

Podcast: The Dirty Dozen – 12 Fruits and Vegetables That Might Be Killing You

Mom said “eat your vegetables!” Your doctor said eat a diet chock full of fruits and vegetables! Your trainer, nutritionist and all your friends say to load up on fruits and vegetables! If the Environmental Working Group is right, all those people are wrong…or trying to kill you! The “Dirty Dozen” list is out for… Continue reading Podcast: The Dirty Dozen – 12 Fruits and Vegetables That Might Be Killing You

Obesity Connected to Differences in Brain Form and Structure

Researchers using sophisticated MRI technology have found that higher levels of body fat are associated with differences in the brain’s form and structure, including smaller volumes of gray matter, according to a study published in the journal Radiology. The findings add important information to our understanding of the connection between obesity and negative health consequences… Continue reading Obesity Connected to Differences in Brain Form and Structure

Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Every autumn weekend in the US, thousands of youngsters as young as 5 years old strap on their pads, lace up their cleats and get after each other on the football field. However, fewer and fewer of them are playing tackle football. Parents are concerned about concussions, brain injuries and brain damage. Proponents of the… Continue reading Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger