Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Study of Retired NFL Players Shows Concussion-Related Brain Damage

February 5th, 2015
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered signs of accumulated brain damage in former NFL players that may be connected to specific memory problems experienced decades after they stopped playing football. The study involved nine former NFL players who underwent a variety of imaging and ...

How “SuperAgers’ Maintain Cognitive Abilities

February 4th, 2015
How “SuperAgers’  Maintain Cognitive AbilitiesNew research discovers the brains of some 80+ year old individuals look 30 years younger, a finding that is associated with higher social intelligence and 90 percent fewer tangles linked ...

Insomnia Therapy Can Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in Veterans

February 3rd, 2015
A new study highlights the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy targeting insomnia among veterans. Research findings show that suicidal ideation decreased by 33 percent after a maximum of six sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Moreover, in addition to improving insomnia and ...

Musical Training in Youth Can Protect Brain in Old Age

February 3rd, 2015
Scientists have found that musical training in younger years can prevent a decay in speech listening skills in later life. Canadian researchers discovered older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20 percent faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musician ...

Inability to Control Emotions Linked to Impaired Brain Activity in Autistic Adults

February 1st, 2015
New research has found that when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions, the brain activity in autistic people is significantly different from the brain activity in people without autism. Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine say their ...

Severe Depression Tied to Brain Inflammation

January 31st, 2015
People who suffer from severe clinical depression tend to have brains that are 30 percent more inflamed than healthy brains, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada. The findings may lead to new ...

Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

January 30th, 2015
A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain's dopamine system, the part of the brain ...

Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best Option

January 30th, 2015
Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best OptionResearchers have discovered yet another reason why it is so difficult to quit smoking: just 12 hours after a person’s last cigarette, the oxygen uptake and blood flow ...

Chronic Insomnia Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

January 28th, 2015
New research discovers insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension. The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia taking longer to fall asleep -- called physiological hyperarousal -- ...

Mindfulness Can Boost Kids’ Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

January 28th, 2015
A new social and emotional program with mindfulness techniques, called MindUp, has been shown to successfully help children become more caring and optimistic, improve their math scores and lower their stress levels. The program, founded by Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn, was recently ...