Depression may alter brain structure

Depression may alter brain structure

An individual suffering from depression may be at an increased risk of developing changes in the structure of the brain associated with communication and thinking skills, researchers say. The findings showed that alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre tracts that enable brain cells to communicate with one another by electrical signals. White matter is a key component of the brain’s wiring and its disruption has been linked to problems with emotion processing and thinking skills, the researchers said. Further, people with…

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US doctors reverse brain damage in drowned toddler

US doctors reverse brain damage in drowned toddler

Doctors in the US have successfully reversed brain damage in a two-year-old who became unresponsive to all stimuli after a drowning accident. The girl experienced cardiac arrest after a cold water drowning accident in a swimming pool. After resuscitation at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the US, MRI revealed deep brain injury as well as grey and white matter loss. She had no speech, gait or responsiveness to commands, and was constantly squirming and shaking her head. Since hyperbaric oxygen therapy was not available in the patient’s location, doctors at Louisiana…

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5 Incredible Cauliflower Benefits: From Reducing Cancer Risks to Brain Health

5 Incredible Cauliflower Benefits: From Reducing Cancer Risks to Brain Health

Have you ever wondered what the majestically shaped, intricately folded, off-white looking member of the cruciferous family of vegetables – cauliflower – entails? The stake it holds in the upkeep of parameters of the human body? It would not be incorrect to assume that the countless curves and folds in the body of the cauliflower plant exhibits those countless benefits for health and well-being. It originates from the brassica species. Commonly known as cabbage, that’s where the etymology of the term lies. It’s mainly the upper white part, also known as curd, which is edible….

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Apple Hires Man Who 3D-Printed His Brain Tumour: Report

Apple Hires Man Who 3D-Printed His Brain Tumour: Report

Apple has hired Steven Keating, the doctoral student from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who made a 3D printout of his own brain after he was diagnosed with a tumour, a media report said. According to a report in CNBC on Friday, it is still not known whether Keating is working on one of Apple’s teams dedicated to health care or he has joined another team that can take advantage of his expertise in mechanical engineering. Keating made headlines in 2015 after revealing the depths of his science experiment to…

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Defective Brain Cells Are Spreading Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Defective Brain Cells Are Spreading Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Brain is the most important organ of the human body yet most of its functioning is still unknown to doctors and scientists. We humans use merely five per cent of the brain’s total functioning throughout our life. The full potential of a human brain’s working has yet not been completely figured out. Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system which includes the brain and the spinal cord. Neurons normally don’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die they cannot be replaced by the body…

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Horror Movies May Help Identify How The Brain Processes Fear and Anxiety

Horror Movies May Help Identify How The Brain Processes Fear and Anxiety

If there’s one category of movies that has us sitting on the edge is a horror movie. We can’t really say that we love watching them but we sure are always intrigued by the screenplay. It’s almost like a rollercoaster ride of emotions – one moment you are calm, another moment scared, then happy and suddenly you are screaming and stressed. Probably that’s what makes those movies so popular is because of the thrill that comes along with it. It’s never one straight line. There’s just so much going on…

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How to Increase Your IQ: 8 Fun Brain Exercises to Try Everyday

How to Increase Your IQ: 8 Fun Brain Exercises to Try Everyday

Now, who doesn’t like to be brainy or called an Einstein? We all aspire to be the intelligent one, who can answer all the tricky questions at the snap of the fingers while the others gaze and wonder. The brain is a miraculous organ with incredible capabilities, and good intelligence can take you a long way towards your road to success. So how can you work on it? In the early 1900s, a German Psychologist called William Stern coined the term “IQ”, which means Intelligence Quotient, and it referred to…

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This is How the Brain Regulates Your Sleep

This is How the Brain Regulates Your Sleep

Sleep is one of the most basic, yet most mystifying processes of the human body. It has confounded physicians, scientists and evolutionary biologists for centuries. Scientists have known for a while that an unusual sleep routine or insufficient sleep can lead to mental as well as physical illness. Sleeping disorders are found to be the root cause of many diseases including dementia. The recent research conducted by researchers at the Harvard Medical School has discovered that sleep may be regulated in part by brain-based immune proteins. This study was conducted…

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Brain Scans Can Predict a Baby’s Future Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Brain Scans Can Predict a Baby’s Future Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Not too long ago mental diseases were not really spoken about openly. If anyone was undergoing any treatment, it was all hushed about and done behind closed doors. Now, with more and more people and celebrities voicing their opinions and sharing their experiences on social platforms, those affected are learning to open up rather than ignoring the issue at hand and suffering alone. The kind of lifestyles we lead today, stress is almost inevitable. And stress is what gives rise to many other health issues, as we start ignoring our…

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Exercise May Boost Memory, Brain Activity in Elderly

Exercise May Boost Memory, Brain Activity in Elderly

To increase brain function and boost memory in older adults, it is important to maintain high levels of fitness through physical activity such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing. Brain function and memory are the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer’s disease. According to this study, the age-related changes in memory performance and brain activity largely depend on an individual’s fitness level. Older adults who exercised showed good cardiac fitness levels which improved their memory performance and increased brain activity patterns compared to their low fit peers. “Therefore, starting an exercise programme,…

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