What happens to your brain when you give up sugar?

Most of us prefer sweets over sour and bitter foods because, evolutionarily, our mesolimbic pathway reinforces that sweet things provide a healthy source of carbohydrates for our bodies

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar?Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania — the “Chocolate Capital of the World” — doesn’t help either of us. But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave […]

New study shows sleep apnoea affects your brain’s functioning

People with sleep apnoea often report issues with memory, decision–making, depression, stress, and poor concentration during waking time

New study shows sleep apnoea affects your brain’s functioningAnyone with a significant other or roommate that snores is well aware of the struggle: Not only is snoring annoying, but these interruptions could happen as frequently as 30 times per hour. The latter could be a sign of sleep apnoea, a condition marked by repeated pauses in breathing or shallow breaths, the National Heart, […]

Brain structure that helps us to understand what others think, discovered by researchers

The maturation of fibres of a brain structure called the arcuate fascicle between the ages of three and four years establishes a connection between two critical brain regions that supports adults thinking about others and their thoughts and a region in the frontal lobe that is involved in keeping things at different levels of abstraction

Brain structure that helps us to understand what others think, discovered by researchersBy the age of four years we suddenly start to understand what other people think and that their beliefs about the world might differ from our own. We then manage to do what 3-year-olds are not yet capable of – we can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for […]

Uncommon rise in brain stroke in young generation due to unhealthy lifestyle, say doctors

Neurologists explained that strokes in the younger generation are caused due to factors such as developing blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, extensive smoking and consumption of alcohol and junk food

Uncommon rise in brain stroke in young generation due to unhealthy lifestyle, say doctorsRecently, a 24-year-old youth suffered from a brain stroke and was declared brain-dead at Wockhardt Hospital. But, this is not a rare occurrence as city neurologists have observed an upsurge in brain stroke among youngsters in the last few years. Today, people as young as 18 suffer from brain stroke and neurologists blame unhealthy lifestyle […]

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 […]

Patients with absolutely no control over their body have finally been able to communicate, say scientists

Researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to communicate with completely paralyzed patients by using a brain-reading cap to decode thought patterns

Patients with absolutely no control over their body have finally been able to communicate, say scientistsA brain-computer interface was used to read the thoughts of patients to answer basic yes-or-no questions. One man was able to repeatedly refuse permission for his daughter to get married. The study on four patients in Germany- published in PLOS Biology – also showed they were happy despite the effects of being “locked-in”. The patients […]

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementia

Activities that keep the brain busy like using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities, appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementiaMentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and […]

Laughter really is the best medicine

We all laugh. Some may laugh more than others, but it is a unanimous human trait. It feels good and brings people together. Really, laughter needs no introduction, but what is it for?

Laughter really is the best medicineWe laugh at jokes (albeit not all jokes). We can also laugh sarcastically, nervously, when we are stressed, or even for no reason at all. Our laughter may be uncontrollable or maniacal, and it might also be forced, faked, or purposefully prolonged. The laugh is so pervasive that it can hardly be ignored by scientists; […]

Why do we mix-up names in our head?

It's not related to a bad memory or to aging, but rather to how the brain categorizes names. It's like having special folders for family names and friends’ names stored in the brain

Why do we mix-up names in our head?When Samantha Deffler was young, her mother would often call her by her siblings’ names — even the dog’s name. “Rebecca, Jesse, Molly, Tucker, Samantha,” she says. A lot of people mix up children’s names or friends’ names, but Deffler is a cognitive scientist at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., and she wanted to […]

116 epilepsy patients to participate in Mumbai Marathon

Approximately 11.2 million people suffer from epilepsy in India. This year the theme is “Myths of epilepsy is like black money - get it out of your mind”, with this message the patients will spread awareness at the marathon

116 epilepsy patients to participate in Mumbai MarathonMumbai Marathon has always been considered as a good platform to spread awareness about different disease and Epilepsy is one of them. On 15th January, 116 epilepsy patients along with their 116 care takers will participate in the dream run category for the cause of epilepsy. “Epilepsy is a chronic non-communicable disorder of the brain […]