Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Paprika May Protect Against Parkinson’s

Researchers at the University of Washington have stated that eating paprika (or peppers) daily halve their chance of developing Parkinson’s compared with individuals who do not.

Potent Forms of Cannabis May Increase the Risk of Psychosis

A study of 780 individuals carried out by King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher in users of “skunk-like” cannabis compared against non-users. 410 cannabis users were compared against 370 individuals who had never used the drug. The full analysis stated the use of [...]

Mental Activity Prevents Cognitive Decline In Final Years

Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have found that mental decline is fastest in the final two and a half years of a person’s life. Secondary research was also undertaken and showed that mental activity such as board games can slow down mental decline late in life.

Insulin Resistance Contributes to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s

Insulin resistance in the brain is the largest contributing factor to cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine. Insulin is a well known, important hormone in the body involved in protein synthesis and blood sugar regulation. Without it people can develop a multitude of issues – [...]

People With Autism Have a Greater Ability to Process Information

A study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology suggests that people who suffer from autism have a higher capacity for processing and perceving information. The information can be presented to them at a higher speed than non-Autistic people and are also able to identify information deemed as “critical” to the topic.

Mobile Phone Usage May Harm Your Unborn Child

Researchers at Yale University have determined that the use of a mobile phone, or cell phone, during pregnancy can have behavioural effects on their children. Brain development of the fetus is directly affected by the use of mobile phones and can lead to hyperactivity as the children grow.

The Brain’s Own Defense Mechanism Against Drugs

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered that a single of injection of recreational drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine (crystal meth), in mice caused their brains to stop the action of dopaminergic neurons (neurons that create the sensation of pleasure). The changes in the brain lasted for at least a week [...]

New Treatment Hopes For Alzheimer’s Disease

Following on from yesterday’s post about predicting the rate of mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients, new research may provide insight into a new treatment. Researchers at UCL, London have discovered antibodies that halt the process of synapse degradation. The hope is that this information can be used to create a new therapy to prevent memory [...]

New Alzheimer’s Marker Can Predict Mental Decline

Newly conducted research at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis indicates that a new marker found in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients can strongly predict the rate at which their memory and mental ability will decline after diagnosis.

Online Treatment Seems To Be Working For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A revolutionary treatment has been launched and is showing fantastic results and promise for treating chronic fatigue syndrome in teenagers. Dutch researchers reported that 63% of patients who underwent psychotherapy online were making a recovery. Eight times better than the usual treatments.