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cognitive impairments in older adults
11-28-16 Category: Cognition

A recent study has found that small changes in an older adult’s social life might be an early warning sign of dementia. The results of this study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, point towards new ways in which clinicians can identify at-risk individuals before their symptoms become too severe. The study The […]

new baby smell
10-18-16 Category: Cognition, Parenting, Research

The next time you meet a new parent, tell them their baby smells. Okay, so that’s probably a great way to lose friends – and possibly get punched – so don’t go and actually do it. But new babies really do smell, and it’s not because they need changing. A new study shows that the smell […]

smog in environment harming brains

Air pollution has been proven to cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets regulations and standards to reduce PM2.5 – the specific type of air pollutants that are detrimental to human health. PM2.5 stands for particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter – smaller than 100 […]

Late-life depression

Like any chronic disease, depression doesn’t discriminate. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), it affects nearly 15 million adults in the United States every year. Although the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median age of depression’s onset is 32, the disease can strike at any time. Unlike most chronic diseases, depression […]

PCP in the body
06-28-16 Category: Cognition, Substance Abuse

Phencyclidine – PCP, angel dust, hog, ozone, rocket fuel, shermans, wack, crystal, embalming fluid – is a powerful animal tranquilizer. Users take it for the euphoric effects it produces. However, these good times pale in comparison to the damage PCP inflicts on the body and brain. Different doses, different results How much PCP a person […]

alcoholics brains
06-08-16 Category: Cognition, Research, Substance Abuse

“Globally, the disease burden caused by alcohol is estimated to be roughly as great as the burden caused by the use of all illegal substances together.” That’s the message from researchers at the University of Eastern Finland. They released a study this spring dissecting the different types of “changes in the brain that make people […]

fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
05-18-16 Category: Cognition, Research, Treatment

Researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) found that slow-wave sleep — a deep period of sleep during which the brain consolidates each day’s memories — was disrupted in adult mice that had been exposed to high levels of alcohol during brain development. This study […]

head injuries and mental disorders

After his accident, Phineas Gage was a changed man. Gage was a railroad worker in Vermont during the 19th century. One day, Gage was using a tamping iron to pack blasting powder into a hole for detonation. Unfortunately for Gage, the powder exploded, driving the 13-pound rod into his cheek, through his brain and out […]

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