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Schizophrenia Affects Brain's Communication Network

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – The mental illness schizophrenia disrupts the brain's entire communication network, a new study suggests. This research disputes a theory that schizophrenia is caused by wiring problems only in certain parts of the brain. The findings could help direct future research into the disorder that affects more than 21 million people worldwide, the researchers said. "We can definitively say for the first time that schizophrenia is a disorder where white matter wiring is frayed throughout the brain," said study co-lead author Sinead Kelly, formerly a researcher at the Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. The study included a review of brain scans from more than 1,900 people worldwide with schizophrenia. The researchers analyzed the "white matter" – the fatty brain tissue that enables brain cells ... Read more

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Scientists Spot Marker for CTE in Living Football Players

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – A potential marker, or warning sign, for a devastating brain disease caused by repeated concussions has been identified in living people for the first time by researchers. Until now, it has only been possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after death. Scientists in Boston studied the brains of 23 former college and professional football players, 50 non-athletes with Alzheimer's disease, and 18 non-athletes without brain disease. Levels of the biomarker CCL11 were normal in the brains of the non-athletes without brain disease and the non-athletes with Alzheimer's disease, but were significantly elevated in the brains of former football players with CTE. In the former players with CTE, there was also a link between the number of years playing football and CCL11 levels. "Not only did this research show the potential for CTE diagnosis during ... Read more

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Youth Football Ups Odds of Brain Problems in Adulthood

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who start playing tackle football before age 12 have a higher risk of mental and behavioral problems in adulthood than their counterparts who began playing at older ages, a new study suggests. Researchers say playing tackle football at a younger age boosted the odds of later problems with behavioral control, apathy, thinking and decision-making by twofold compared to other players. They also said the risk of clinical depression rose by threefold in these players compared to their counterparts who started playing at older ages. "These findings were independent of the total number of seasons the participants played football or at what level they played, such as high school, college or professional," said study lead author Michael Alosco, a post-graduate fellow at Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. However, these findings ... Read more

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Football Fans Still Loyal Despite Concerns About Players' Brains

Posted 10 Sep 2017 by

SUNDAY, Sept. 10, 2017 – Football remains America's favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they're concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey. Among 1,000 Americans questioned, 77 percent of those who follow pro football believe head injuries for players pose a major problem for the sport. Fifteen percent said it is a minor problem, while 6 percent don't consider it a problem. In addition, the University of Massachusetts Lowell-Washington Post poll revealed that more than 80 percent believe there is either certainly or probably settled science that playing football causes brain injuries. Only one in 10 said that is either probably false or certainly false. Long-term damage caused by repeated blows to the head has garnered much attention in recent years. A study published in July in the Journal of the American Medical Association said ... Read more

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Does General Anesthesia Affect Babies' Brains?

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Babies who receive general anesthesia for surgery before they're 1 year old may have less white matter in their brains, a small study suggests. The researchers said they also found that the integrity, or structure, of the white matter might have been affected. White matter is tissue that connects different parts of the brain. "The most rigorous previous study in humans looked at the effects of general anesthesia during infancy on cognitive [brain] functions of 2-year-olds, and results showed no effect," said study first author Robert Block. He is an associate professor of anesthesia at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. "This study is looking specifically at the white matter structure and how it is affected," Block said in a university news release. The University of Iowa Health Care study included 34 healthy children aged 12 to 15. Half of these ... Read more

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Brain Scans Offer Clues to Why Some Teens Pile on Pounds

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – How come some people can just walk on by a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, while others grab a handful as they pass? Brain scans done on teenagers may provide a clue. Researchers found that the brains of overweight teens were less active in areas that help with impulse control when teens were shown pictures of food. Even thin kids who has risk factors for becoming overweight – such as a family history of obesity – showed less activity in the area of the brain linked to impulse control. "Our findings suggest that we may be able to predict which teens will ultimately become obese adults by effectively looking at how their brains respond when they read a food menu," said study first author Susan Carnell. She's an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. For the study, ... Read more

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Do Fewer Nightly Dreams Mean Higher Dementia Risk in Seniors?

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Seniors who spend less time each night in the dream stage of sleep may be more likely to succumb to dementia as they age, new research suggests. Known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, this critical phase "occurs in intervals throughout the night, and is characterized by more dreaming and rapid eye movements," explained study author Matthew Pase. He is a senior research fellow with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, and a visiting researcher in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. "We found that persons experiencing less REM sleep over the course of a night displayed an increased risk of developing dementia in the future," Pase said. He noted that for every 1 percent drop in REM sleep, the seniors in his study saw their dementia and Alzheimer's disease risk go up by about 9 percent. While prior research has ... Read more

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More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report. Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact. "There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sport. However, most of the research has focused on retired professional athletes with decades of exposure to head impacts," said lead researcher Nathan Churchill. He's a post-doctoral fellow in the neuroscience research program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Far less is known about the consequences of repeated body-to-body contact for young, active athletes," he said. In a group of college athletes, researchers found differences in the brains of both men and women for a variety of contact and collision sports, compared with those in non-contact ... Read more

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Givers Really Are Happier Than Takers

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – Generosity really is its own reward, with the brain seemingly hardwired for happiness in response to giving, new research suggests. Scientists in Switzerland used brain scans to track activity in brain regions associated with socializing, decision-making and happiness. They found that even small acts of generosity – or just promising to be charitable – triggered brain changes that make people happier. "The findings mean that spending money on others rather than on oneself could be an alternative road to happiness," said study author Philippe Tobler. He's a neuro-economist at the University of Zurich's laboratory for social and neural systems research. As for why this might be, Tobler pointed to an age-old concept: What goes around comes around. "Helping others could increase group cohesion, and others may help the original helper in return," he said. ... Read more

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Yoga May Boost Aging Brains

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Older women who practice yoga may have greater "thickness" in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests. Researchers found that even compared with other healthy, active women their age, yoga practitioners typically had greater cortical thickness in the brain's left prefrontal cortex. That could be good news because, as the researchers pointed out, cognitive impairment from aging is usually associated with less volume in cortical areas of the brain associated with attention tasks, and decreases in memory. But experts said it's not clear what conclusions can be drawn from the study's findings. The findings are based on one-time brain scans of fewer than 50 women – and they do not prove that yoga, itself, altered anyone's brain structure, according to senior researcher Elisa Kozasa. The brain differences might have existed ... Read more

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Study Tests Sound Waves to Monitor Pressure Inside the Skull

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – A noninvasive method of monitoring pressure inside the skull – using sound waves – shows promise, researchers report. Brain disease or a head injury can cause brain tissue to swell, as well as an increase in the volume of fluid that surrounds and protects the brain. This can cause pressure within the skull to rise, and serious complications and even death can result. Continuous monitoring lets doctors know if and when they must take steps to lower the pressure. Currently, to monitor intracranial pressure, a hole is drilled into the skull and sensor-equipped catheters are inserted. This procedure carries risks such as bleeding, infection and damage to brain tissue, but no noninvasive ways to monitor pressure are available, the study authors said. German researchers tested an experimental noninvasive method on 14 patients and got encouraging results, according ... Read more

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Can Scans Predict Some Autism Cases?

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – People with a particular genetic cause of autism show structural abnormalities in the brain that are readily detected with noninvasive imaging, according to a new study. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found clear brain structure abnormalities in people with autism caused, in part, by defects in chromosome 16. Those MRI findings were, in turn, related to particular impairments, such as problems with communication and social skills. It all suggests that brain imaging could one day be used to spot young children most in need of therapy for an autism spectrum disorder, the study authors said. It's estimated that one in 68 U.S. children is "on the spectrum," and symptoms usually appear early in life. The study included 158 people who carried either of two defects in chromosome 16 that raise the risk of autism. The flaws are found in a small piece of the ... Read more

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Can Video Game Playing Cost You Gray Matter?

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 7 2017 – A new study suggests – but doesn't prove – that certain players of action video games may lose gray matter in a part of the brain that's linked to mental illness. On the other hand, the Canadian study suggests, other players may actually benefit from the games. And a psychologist not involved with the study said there's no evidence that video games are harmful to the brain. The results indicate that the reported benefits of playing shooting-style video games – such as improved attention and short-term memory – "might come at a cost" in terms of lost brain matter in some players, said the study's lead author, Gregory West. He is an assistant professor with the department of psychology at the University of Montreal. The difference may be the style of playing, the researchers noted. The new study aimed to better understand the brain effects of so-called ... Read more

Related support groups: Mild Cognitive Impairment, Diagnosis and Investigation, Head Imaging

Traveling With Dementia: Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Traveling with a loved one who has dementia requires special preparation. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has some advice. "Traveling is a fun and enjoyable way to reenergize your body and mind. It can be beneficial to people living with dementia and their family caregivers under the proper circumstances," said Charles Fuschillo Jr., foundation president and CEO. "Before going on a trip, there are important steps family caregivers should take to ensure that their loved ones will be safe, comfortable and able to make the journey," he added in a foundation news release. First you should talk with the person's doctor to find out if travel is recommended or safe. In the early stages of dementia, travel may still be enjoyable. But it can become overwhelming as dementia progresses, the foundation said. When deciding how and where to travel, make choices that ... Read more

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Combined MRI Might Help Predict Brain Damage in Boxers

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Brain injuries among pro football players are in the headlines, but pro fighters often suffer damaging head injuries, too. Now, research with boxers and mixed martial arts professionals suggests that combination MRI technology can help pinpoint which injuries might lead to brain damage. In the boxing ring, as on the football field, recurring blows to the head can cause mild traumatic brain injury. Over time, this can lead to progressive brain disorders like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and create problems with mood and movement. A study published this week found that 110 of 111 brains of deceased National Football League players whose brains were autopsied showed signs of CTE. Currently, the disease can only be diagnosed with an autopsy, but scientists are seeking to improve detection. Previous studies have focused on the brain cells in gray matter ... Read more

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