If your son has delayed language skills, read this

A new study from the University of Cambridge has found that language delays in males often correlate with smaller brain volumes in certain regions. These regions include the temporal lobe, insula and ventral basal ganglia.On the flip side, the study found that men who had delayed language onset as a child had larger brainstem structures than men without the delays....more

Anemia during pregnancy linked to autism

The University of California-Davis MIND Institute has linked a lack of iron during pregnancy to a higher risk of autism for the baby. The study followed women and their babies for 7 years, beginning in pregnancy, and recorded the mothers' intake of vitamins, nutritional supplements and breakfast cereals while pregnancy or breastfeeding.So how big is the correlation between maternal anemia and autism risk?...more

World Alzheimer's Month- Risk reduction facts you need to know

September is World Alzheimer's Month:http://www.national-awareness-days.com/world-alzheimers-month.htmlThis past week, Alzheimer's Disease International released a report on the topic of dementia and risk reduction. Here are some of the highlights:1. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling diabetes.2. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling hhigh blood pressure.3. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling heart disease risk....more

We remember more reading print than we do online

University of Houston researchers found that people who read printed news publications remember (and read) more than those who read online.The study was done on college students. One group read the NY Times in print, the other read the online version.After 20 minutes of reading they tested both groups. Those reading the printed version remembered 4.24 news stories, while the online group only recalled 3.35 stories....more

Brain benefits of exercise may be counteracted by sedentary behavior

I've written about the  benefits of exercise on the brain, but new research said we also need to take under consideration what we're doing the rest of the time.The new research says that while the structural integrity of white matter in the brain is boosted by physical activity, a more sedentary lifestyle during the OTHER hours of the day created decreased structural integrity in the white matter of the hippocampus, which deals with memory and learning....more

Hitchcock film reveals consciousness in patient who has been comatose for 16 years

Leave it to Alfred Hitchcock to be able to keep a comatose patient interested! In this very cool research study, neuroscientists from Western University in Canada used fMRIs to monitor the brain activity of both conscious and unconscious participants while they watched a particular Alfred Hitchcock movie. Their goal was to show that the number of misdiagnosed unconscious patients may be higher than thought - with many conscious without our awareness....more

Brain training can teach people to like healthy foods

You've probably heard about hypnosis for weight loss, but brain training?A new (small) study found that people's brains could be trained to change when it came to healthy eating....more

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