Here’s how you can boost your brain power

Adding just a few of these activities to your weekly schedule will enhance your mind and give your brain a boost. If you only have time to fit one brain-enriching task into your week, we recommend getting out for a brisk walk. Physical activity has no end of benefits for your body and mind

Here’s how you can boost your brain powerHumans have brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change for better or worse at any age. This flexibility of the brain plays a significant role in the development or decline of our brains, and how our distinct personalities are shaped. Neural connections can be forged or severed, and grey […]

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Researchers at Columbia University found changes in the way babies brains developed if their mothers took certain antidepressants. Babies whose mothers took the drugs had more core connections in parts of their brains that control negative emotional responses. Other research has found links to antidepressant use in pregnancy and risks for autism and low birth weights in babies   

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain developmentBabies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

Immune cells in the brain may cause weight gain, if you follow a high-fat diet

Immune cells in the brain may cause weight gain, if you follow a high-fat dietNew research suggests that microglia, which are brain-resident immune cells, may offer a new target for obesity treatments. In mice, the scientists found that fat-rich diets cause microglia to trigger overeating and weight gain. A paper on the work – led by the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of Washington Medical Center […]

Do’s and don’ts for a good night’s sleep

Sleep is one of the most significant of human behaviours, occupying roughly one third of human life. It makes you feel better, the next morning but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing dark circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart

Do’s and don’ts for a good night’s sleepSleep and well-being go hand in hand, and getting a good night’s sleep is just as important to your overall health as eating well and exercising regularly. When you sleep your body gets to work by healing damaged cells, boosting your immune system, recovering from the day’s activities and prepares your heart and cardiovascular system […]

Pregnancy changes the brain structure helping women to cope with motherhood

Using MRI, scientists have been able to show that the brains of women who have undergone a first pregnancy present significant reductions in grey matter in regions associated with social cognition

Pregnancy changes the brain structure helping women to cope with motherhoodPregnancy involves radical hormone surges and biological adaptations, but the effects on the brain are still unknown. In this study a team of researchers compared the structure of the brain of women before and after their first pregnancy. This is the first research to show that pregnancy involves long-lasting changes – at least for two […]

Rare condition: Doctors discover 9cm air-filled pocket in 84-year-old man’s brain

Doctors in Northern Ireland feared that the 84-year-old had suffered a stroke. He complained of weakness on the left-side of his body and had multiple falls. Tests showed an air pocket in the area that controls the left side of his body. Doctors discovered it had been caused by a bone tumour in his sinuses. The cavity had also triggered a mini-stroke in the patient's brain

Rare condition: Doctors discover 9cm air-filled pocket in 84-year-old man’s brainUpon closer inspection they found it had been caused by a bone tumour in his sinuses that had also triggered a mini-stroke. But the patient, whose identity is unknown, declined surgery and was discharged and put on a secondary stroke prevention programme. Doctors in Northern Ireland were so intrigued by the patient that they published […]

Want to keep your brain sharp and young? Follow these 6 simple tricks

As we age, we transition from “broad learning” to “specialized learning,” focusing on our careers and specific areas of expertise. It’s that increasingly narrow specialization that leads to cognitive slowdown, she theorises—initially in unfamiliar situations, but eventually all the time

Want to keep your brain sharp and young? Follow these 6 simple tricksThere is an old adage in society that says ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ meaning that it’s harder for adults to learn new skills than it is for kids. And in many ways, that’s true: Babies have nothing to do but eat, sleep, and learn, while grown-ups are faced with all sorts […]

Larger waistline interlinked with anxiety in middle-aged women

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, and it's more likely to affect women, especially middle-aged women. Although anxiety can be caused by many factors, a new study suggests that the amount of abdominal fat a woman has could increase her chances of developing anxiety

Larger waistline interlinked with anxiety in middle-aged womenAccording to a new study published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a larger waistline may be a strong indicator of anxiety in middle-aged women. The researchers analysed data from 5,580 middle-aged women from 11 Latin American countries who were between 40 and 59 years old. Of the participants, 57.9% […]

Short kids are 10% more likely to suffer a stroke as adults, reveals study

People who were very short as children may have to pay closer attention to their brain health. A new study suggests that your height during childhood can be a deciding factor for your risk of having a stroke as an adult

Short kids are 10% more likely to suffer a stroke as adults, reveals studyChildren who are just a few inches shorter than their peers are more likely to suffer a stroke in adulthood, a large Danish study suggests. Adult women who were unusually short girls at age 7 years were 11 per cent more likely to have what’s known as an ischemic stroke, the most common kind, which […]

What is REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) and how it affects your sleep

To ensure that we do not injure ourselves while sleeping, we go into a state of sleep paralysis, but in people with REM sleep behaviour disorder, this mechanism is somehow disturbed

What is REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) and how it affects your sleepRapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a natural part of the sleep cycle; it is when dreaming happens. Around 20 percent of our sleep is spent in REM, most commonly toward the latter half of the night. REM sleep is characterized by a low muscle tone, with muscles in a state of relaxation. This phase […]