Researchers are constantly working to unravel the mysteries of the human brain. One of the biggest mysteries is the proliferation of diagnosed degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. Researchers have found that numerous substances can be linked with a decrease in symptoms of these diseases. For instance, chocolate has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new studies reveal that tart cherries grown in Michigan can improve brain function as well as reduce the symptoms of degenerative brain diseases.
A neuroscientist from Central Michigan University found that “the...Read More »
For years, brain researchers have speculated that the brain requires a period of rest in order to heal and recover from a concussion. In studies involving animals, scientists have observed that brain cells experience a significant amount of activity during an injury, which in turns requires the brain to use “an enormous amount of fuel to equilibrate.” As a result, the brain essentially shuts down due to exhaustion. A new study published in Pediatrics reveals that the human brain also requires a period of rest after sustaining an injury from an event like a concussion. A period of...Read More »
Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder are devastating conditions that men and women in the armed forces can sustain before or after a deployment. Many studies link the two conditions, revealing that there is an increased chance an individual may develop PTSD if he or she has experienced head trauma. A 2012 UCLA study reveals that people who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury should avoid stressful situations since they are more at risk for anxiety disorders. Recent research supports this advice. In a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers found that U.S. Marines who suffered a TBI during active-duty deployment were more likely to develop PTSD.
In the study, researchers from the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and the...Read More »