Cognitively stimulated brains better adapt to potential damage from Alzheimer's

Keep up the music lessons, brain training and second language - new evidence indicates that cognitively stimulated brains adapt better to damage from Alzheimer's by compensating with the recruitment of extra brain circuits. ...more

When special needs kids are bullied

I've got two articles to share on this topic. The first is a new study that indicates that kids between 8 and 10 who are bullied are more likely to experience nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking at age 12. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282488.phpThe other piece is "Why bullies target struggling students (and how you can help!)"http://media.learningrx.com/why-bullies-target-struggling-students-and-h......more

Sleeping and anti-anxiety pills linked to Alzheimer's

Yesterday several news sources announced that new research indicates that people who take certain types of benzodiazepines may have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's.Some highlights:1. 9 million Americans take sleeping pills or some sedative2. 11% of middle-aged women take anti-anxiety meds and benzodiazepines are the most common3. In the study, those who had taken benzodiazepines had a 51% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. Those who took them for more than 180 days had a two-folder higher risk!...more

Treating infants with autism may prevent further symptoms

It's a pretty big claim, but one that Infant Start developer Sally J. Rogers stands by.The theory was that the sooner therapy begins, the better the chances of preventing the full onset of symptoms. In this case, the therapy/treatment is provided at home and focuses on interactions between the parent and child during everday routines. ...more

No longer sci fi: Researchers develop brain-to-brain communications over 5,000 miles

It was only a matter of time.An international team of researchers  were able to transmit a thought from one person's brain to another person's brain some 5,000 miles apart.The transmission used no writing or speaking but rather a thought from one scalp in India (via the Internet) to the other scalp in France.The thoughts were "hola" (hello) and "ciao" (goodbye) and they wree "assigned to the brai-computer interface to send as a binary code by email." ...more

5 Myths on Youth Sports Concussions

If your kids play sports - especially cheerleading, hockey, football, wrestling or soccer--read this:http://www.edenprairienews.com/news/opinions/columnists/commentary-youth...Here are the highlights:1. After football, GIRLS' SOCCER is the most dangerous sport in terms of concussions.2. MRIs, CTs and EEGs are NOT the most effective tools for identifying concussions, because they aren't structural injuries, they're metabolic....more

Body fat and your brain

Ready to lose some weight? Good, because so is your brain. Losing weight- by exercise OR surgery- can reverse the negative effects that body fat has on the brain. Here are some interesting points:1. If you're obese, you have a 35% higher chance of developing Alzheimer's-compared to your peers of "normal" weight....more

Your child's growing brain vs. growing body

Just ran across this interesting article about young children's brains. Here are some highlights:1. Young kids grow slower than other young mammals because their brains require so much energy for development. Growth of the body needs to take a backseat to growth of the brain.2. A 5-year-old's brain uses 2X the glucose as an adult. This peaks when they're around 4, and the body growth slows way down.  It's around this age that the brain uses 2/3 the energy that the ENTIRE body uses at rest....more

Fish is good for the brain - regardless of omega-3 fatty acid amounts

You know eating fish is good for you because of the omega-3 fatty acids, (It only counts if the fish is baked or broiled. Frying it destroys the fatty acids.), but a new study found that just eating the baked or broiled fish is good for your brain--regardless of the amount of omega-3 fatty acids!The study found that weekly fish eaters had more gray area in the regions of the brain related to memory and cognition. But the researchers did NOT find a link between the brain differences and the omega-3 levels in the blood, which surprised them....more

Is your 4-year-old's drawing ability linked to IQ?

The answer to the title's question is "Yes." And "No."The research study I ran across found that yes, there were two correlations with IQ, but they were small.How a 4-year-old drew a child had a .33 correlation to their IQ at age 4. How a 4-year-old drew a child had a .20 correlation to their IQ at age 14....more