Mindfulness can ward off childhood obesity

Mindfulness can ward off childhood obesityWashington D. C, Jan 22 - According to a study of connections between the brain and appetite, a team of researchers suggests that teaching mindfulness practices to children could help treat or prevent obesity.

The research suggests that the balance in brain networks in children who are obese is different compared to healthy-weight children, making them more prone to over-eating.

Too much TV and sitting lower brain power with time

Too much TV and sitting lower brain power with time Washington D. C, Dec 3 - You may want to start monitoring your couch potato-ness as a new study suggests that sitting around watching TV and not doing any physical activity as a young adult may cause a decline in brain functioning even earlier than scientists had thought.

Watching a lot of TV and having a low physical activity level as a young adult were associated with worse cognitive function 25 years later in midlife, according to the study.

Smoking makes you less intelligent

Smoking makes you less intelligentLondon, Nov 18 - You may want to quit smoking as a new study has suggested that smoking dumbs down the brain and kicking the habit will make you smarter.

The University of Edinburgh research revealed that smoking accelerates normal brain ageing in ways that can impair thinking skills such as planning, decision-making and problem-solving, the Daily Express reported.

Now, technology to give voice to overloaded worker’s brain

Now, technology to give voice to overloaded worker’s brainSydney, June 11 : Computers, which are pushing humans to unprecedented levels of work achievement and productivity, can now be used to monitor "cognitive overload" at the desk.

Workers suffering from mental overload stop accepting new information, become emotional and stressed, make more mistakes and their reasoning is impaired.

Diet patterns may keep brain from shrinking

Diet patterns may keep brain from shrinkingWashington, Dec 29 : People whose diets are rich in vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease, say experts.

Those whose diet is usually high in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins C, D, E and B also had higher scores on mental thinking tests than people with diets low in those nutrients, Xinhua reported quoting the study in the online issue of Neurology.

How our brains help us make sense of the world

How our brains help us make sense of the worldLondon, Nov 21 : Have you ever wondered how we make accurate perception of environment out of smell, taste, hear, view and touch.

Now, a team of scientists at the University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, and Baylor College of Medicine has solved the mystery.

The human brain is bombarded with a cacophony of information from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin.

‘Brain imaging study’ links smaller brain volume to ADHD symptoms

 ‘Brain imaging study’ links smaller brain volume to ADHD symptoms Washington, June 10: Researchers have conducted a brain imaging study to show the difference between the brains of children suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developing kids.

ADHD is the single most common child behavioural problem, affecting nearly 2 million children. The developmental disorder is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Part of brain ‘switches off when a woman is having orgasm’

Part of brain ‘switches off when a woman is having orgasm’London, May 13: Dutch researchers have unraveled the secrets behind female orgasms.

They discovered that the female orgasm leads to an altered state of consciousness, a finding that could help find a way to a cure for women who cannot climax.

Study sheds light on brain reorganization following sensory loss

Study sheds light on brain reorganization following sensory lossWashington, May 11: It is known that persons who have suffered major sensory loss, such as deafness, show compensatory, or even superior performance in the remaining senses, which occurs through a process of cross-modal plasticity, where loss of one sensory modality is replaced by the remaining senses.

"Brain Speller" that turns thoughts into words, developed

Melbourne, May 7: In a technological breakthrough, students at the University of Canberra have developed a "Brain Speller" that can read people''s thoughts and translate them into words on a computer screen.

The system will help hundreds of thousands of Australians who need assistance to communicate or have trouble doing so due to some disability or disease.

How brain can stay sharp and learn even after sleep deprivation

 How brain can stay sharp and learn even after sleep deprivation Washington, May 06: Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have indicated that a protein that helps the brain develop early in life can fight the mental fuzziness induced by sleep deprivation.

Gene mutation behind brain size and shape identified

Gene mutation behind brain size and shape identifiedA team of researchers led by the Yale School of Medicine and three other universities conducted a genetic analysis on one Turkish family and two Pakistani families with offspring born with the most severe form of microcephaly.

The findings suggest that the children, whose brains were just 10 percent of a normal size, lacked the normal cortical architecture of the human brain.

Brain problems killed Knut the polar bear, says Berlin zoo

New York, March 23: Berlin Zoo officials have claimed that Knut the polar bear died of unspecified brain problems.

The 4-year-old celebrity polar bear collapsed in his containment on Saturday in front of several hundred visitors, reports the New York Daily News.

Early findings from a necropsy performed Monday showed "significant changes to the brain, which can be viewed as a reason for the polar bear''s sudden death," the zoo said in a statement.

The zoo didn''t elaborate on what exactly was wrong with the bear''s brain, but it said pathologists found no damage to any other organs.

Brain function linked to birth size in new study

Brain function linked to birth size in new studyWashington, Feb 19 : Scientists in UK have found the first evidence linking brain function variations between the left and right sides of the brain to size at birth and the weight of the placenta.

The finding could shed new light on the causes of mental health problems in later life.

'Violent films, video games make teenagers aggressive'

'Violent films, video games make teenagers aggressive'  London, Oct 19: Violent films and video games numb teenagers' brains, with repeated viewing making them less sensitive to aggression.

Researchers say their brain scans are among the first hard physiological evidence for the theory that on-screen violence leads to real world aggression.

Brain connectivity missing in ADHD

BrainWashington, Jan 12 : A new research has provided the first direct evidence that brain connectivity is missing in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

According to researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and M. I. N. D. Institute, two brain areas fail to connect when children with ADHD attempt a task that measures attention.

Marijuana use takes toll on teens’ brain function

Marijuana use takes toll on teens’ brain functionWashington, Oct 15 : Marijuana use in adolescence has an adverse impact on brain development, leading to poorer performance on thinking tasks, says a new study.

Lower brain volume linked to memory loss

Washington, Oct 7 : Have problem recalling the name of that friend who used to sit behind you in college? Or you always get a bashing from your friends for not remembering their birthdays? Well, then blame such memory loss on your lower brain volume, according to a new study.

The study found that people experiencing occasional memory loss had a lower brain volume, despite not showing any such deficits on regular tests of memory or dementia.

How insomniacs can get sleep by shaping their own brain activity

SleepWashington, Oct 2 : Insomniacs often turn to sleeping pills for a good night’s sleep, but what if they are able to manipulate their own brains to get a nap? Well, a new study from University of Salzburg has allowed participants to "shape their own brain activity" by directly modifying certain electroencephalographic (EEG) activities – in a bid to get them slumber.

Whole brain radiation ups cancer patients’ learning, memory problems risk

Whole brain radiation ups cancer patients’ learning, memory problems riskWashington, Sept 23: A new research has found that cancer patients who receive stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) for the treatment of metastatic brain tumours have more than twice the risk of developing learning and memory problems than those treated with SRS alone.

Treating common brain cancer as two diseases could help improve cure

London, September 15 : Genetic studies conducted on patients with glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer, in America suggest that this disease should be treated as two disease not one.

Victor Velculescu of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics in Baltimore, Maryland, says that glioblastoma patients whose cancers carry a mutation in a gene called IDH1 are 20 years younger than those without the mutation, on average.

The study has revealed that cancers carrying the mutation are less aggressive, the researcher says.

How the brain manages fear revealed

Washington, Sept 11 : Although humans may have developed complex thought processes that can help to regulate their emotions, a new research has suggested that the processes are associated with evolutionarily older mechanisms that are common across species.

The research, which has been published in the September 11th issue of the journal Neuron, provides new insight into the way the brain manages fear.

The finding may guide exploration of novel pharmacological and therapeutic treatments for anxiety disorders.

Immaturity of the brain can cause schizophrenia

Brain StressWashington, Sept 11 : The underdevelopment of a specific region in the human brain may be an underlying cause for schizophrenia, according to a new study published in BioMed Central''s open access journal Molecular Brain.

According to the study, dentate gyrus, which is located in the hippocampus in the brain and thought to be responsible for working memory and mood regulation, remained immature in an animal model of schizophrenia.

‘Hallucinations are caused by a transient form of blindness’

Washington, Sept 5 : Since hallucinations are fleeting, brain glitches, they remain a big scientific mystery. But now, a scientist has moved the field forward, by introducing a new experimental approach to studying the ‘experiences’ as they occur.

Using a combination of brain imaging methods in normal subjects, the UK researcher has harnessed the technique to examine localized changes in brain activity and changes in brain connections during hallucinations.

Antioxidant shows promise to prevent ‘chemobrain’ memory loss

Human BrainWashington, September 5 : Animal studies conducted at West Virginia University (WVU) suggest that injections of an antioxidant called N-acetyle cysteine (NAC) have the potential to prevent the memory loss that breast cancer chemotherapy drugs sometimes induce.

During the study, rats were administered the commonly used chemotherapy drugs adriamycin and cyclophosphamide.

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