Differences in brain structure a key factor in autism

From a statistical analysis, having a brain that was anatomically more male-like was linked to a higher probability of ASD than having a brain that was anatomically more female-like

Differences in brain structure a key factor in autismA new study finds that in addition to autism being more common in males than females, differences in brain structure can also be a factor, regardless of biological sex. It suggests that having a brain with features more commonly found in male brains is linked to higher probability of having autism spectrum disorder. First author […]

Wearing neck ties can reduce brain function, finds study

Ties are something of a standard office-wear for men, from call centers to investment banks. But a new study warns the accessory could be hampering their work performance by compressing veins that are key for blood flow to the brain

Wearing neck ties can reduce brain function, finds studyLatest research has shown that wearing a neck tie isn’t such a good idea after all! Researchers have noted that constricting neckwear such as neckties can cause reduced blood flow to the brain and thus it can reduce the proper functioning of the brain. The latest study results appear in the journal Neuroradiology.  These type […]

Heavy alcohol consumption tied to higher dementia risk

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This is according to an observational study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France

Heavy alcohol consumption tied to higher dementia riskHeavy drinkers may be more likely than other adults to develop dementia, especially in middle age, a French study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data from 2008-2013 on more than 31 million French hospital patients, including more than 1 million who were diagnosed with dementia. About 5% of the dementia patients had so-called early […]

Maintaining healthy vision can help elders stay mentally sharp

Waning eyesight may hasten the pace of cognitive decline in older people, suggests a U.S. study

Maintaining healthy vision can help elders stay mentally sharpThe results suggest that vision fixes, like a new eyeglass prescription or surgery to remove cataracts, can go a long way toward helping older people stay mentally sharp, said lead author D. Diane Zheng of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Taking care of your vision is important in order to maintain good […]

Leg exercises are crucial to maintain healthy brain and nervous system

In a new take on the exercise truism ‘use it, or lose it,’ researchers show neurological health is an interactive relationship with our muscles and our world. Groundbreaking research shows that neurological health depends as much on signals sent by the body's large, leg muscles to the brain as it does on directives from the brain to the muscles

Leg exercises are crucial to maintain healthy brain and nervous systemPublished today in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the study fundamentally alters brain and nervous system medicine – giving doctors new clues as to why patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy and other neurological diseases often rapidly decline when their movement becomes limited. “Our study supports the notion that people who are unable […]

Facts about human brain, behaviour and self-esteem that you didn’t know

Every bizarre neurological syndrome, every visual illusion, and every clever psychological experiment reveals something entirely unexpected about our experience of the world that we take for granted

Facts about human brain, behaviour and self-esteem that you didn’t knowThere are hundreds of surprising, perspective-shifting insights about the nature of reality that come from neuroscience. Every bizarre neurological syndrome, every visual illusion, and every clever psychological experiment reveals something entirely unexpected about our experience of the world that we take for granted. Here are a few to give a flavour: Perceptual reality is entirely […]

Depression speeds up brain aging, reveal researchers

Depression is associated with accelerated brain aging, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Sussex in England

Depression speeds up brain aging, reveal researchersPsychologists at the University of Sussex have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages. Although scientists have previously reported that people with depression or anxiety have an increased risk of dementia in later life, this is the first study that provides comprehensive evidence for the effect […]

Here is a scientific guide to identify serial killers amongst us

Dr Helen Morrison, a Chicago-based forensic psychiatrist, has studied and interviewed 135 serial killers. She has found shocking similarities, and believes a chromosome abnormality is a likely trigger

Here is a scientific guide to identify serial killers amongst usTelevision shows like “Dexter” and “The Following” have given us a terrifying glimpse into the criminal mind of serial killers. We often catch ourselves asking, “Why do they kill?” “How do they pick their victims?” and “Why can’t they control their impulse to kill?” To answer these questions, Best Counselling Degrees has developed “The Brain […]

Groundbreaking study identifies 44 genetic risk factors for depression

A 200-strong team of researchers from across the globe have identified 44 genetic variants that can increase the risk of developing major depression and found that all humans carry at least some of them

Groundbreaking study identifies 44 genetic risk factors for depressionThe new findings could help explain why not everyone treated with antidepressants sees their condition improve, the scientists said, and could also point the way toward new medicines. In the largest study of its kind, scientists also found that the genetic basis for depression is shared with other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and that […]

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought process

Researchers say shrinking the brain may be worth it because it decreases the dopamine activity that controls reward and pleasure centres of the brain by decreasing hallucinations and psychosis

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought processShrinking brains sound frightening and painful, but it could actually be caused by a mindless activity, drug, or habit that you’re unknowingly doing every single day. Brain shrinkage has been linked to a declining memory, difficulty thinking, or putting together metaphorical puzzle pieces together. By changing a few aspects in your life and adding a […]