Neuroscience

Exercise offers direct benefit to the brain (The Dana Foundation Website – 2 July 2010)

Researchers are now showing that exercise makes actual physiological changes to the brain. Excerpt: Now there are even fewer reasons to skip your daily run or that trip to the gym. It’s been well established that regular physical activity can

Should psychiatrists prescribe exercise for depression? (The Dana Foundation Website – 30 June 2010)

Study after study is showing that exercise can lift mood.  But is there enough evidence so psychiatrists will start writing "exercise" on their prescription pads? Excerpt: After Joshua Berman, 39, was diagnosed with depression, he tried several different antidepressant medications

Simplifying the search for genetic risk in alcohol dependence (The Dana Foundation Website – 10 June 2010)

Just taking a few measures about drinking frequency and amount may help researchers uncover critical genes involved in alcohol dependence. Excerpt: Epidemiological studies have long suggested that alcohol dependence is an inherited disorder. As genome-wide surveys became available over the

Maternal flu infection may lead to increased risk of schizophrenia in child (The Dana Foundation Website – 27 May 2010)

The body's natural immune response to the flu vaccine may lead to changes in brain development – and an increased risk of schizophrenia in offspring. Excerpt: During my first prenatal-care appointment, my obstetrician cautioned me to avoid the flu at

Maternal flu infection may lead to increased risk of schizophrenia in child (The Dana Foundation Website – 27 May 2010)

The body's natural immune response to the flu vaccine may lead to changes in brain development – and an increased risk of schizophrenia in offspring. Excerpt: During my first prenatal-care appointment, my obstetrician cautioned me to avoid the flu at

Does the brain use the scientific method? (The Dana Foundation Website – 4 May 2010)

How do our brains make sense of the world around us?  New research suggests they make use of something like the scientific method. Excerpt: Our senses—sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell—are bombarded with input from the ever-changing world around us.

Breaches in blood-brain barrier might lead to later psychiatric illness (The Dana Foundation Website – 16 April 2010)

Individuals who suffer from traumatic brain injury may be at risk for later psychiatric illness due to "leaks" in the blood-brain barrier. Excerpt: In 2006, Matthew Stern, a 30-year-old soldier from Houston, Texas, was knocked unconscious for nearly four minutes

Earlier bedtimes may protect teens from depression (The Dana Foundation Website – 6 April 2010)

A good night's sleep has long been known to have mood benefits.  But can enforcing earlier bedtimes help teens prevent depression? Excerpt: Parents, take note: Enforcing an earlier bedtime for your unruly teenager may be more than worth it. In

‘Biosensors’ may aid in drug development for brain diseases (The Dana Foundation Website – 23 March 2010)

Genetically engineered cells called bio-sensors are helping researchers find new treatments for brain disease. Excerpt: Psychiatric and neurological disorders such as schizophrenia can cause complex molecular changes in the brain that result in myriad behavioral symptoms. This has made creating

Alzheimer’s drug may also treat Huntington’s (The Dana Foundation Website – 19 February 2010)

Can an FDA-approved Alzheimer's drug offer any relief for those who suffer Huntington's disease?  Some scientists believe so. Excerpt: A drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease may help harness the protective pathways of brain cells to stay the deadly symptoms