Headers have always been an integral and aesthetically pleasing part of soccer (or football if you’re not from the United States of America), but new research has found that the common action actually negatively affects the user’s brain. A team of researchers has recently discovered that a single session of heading practice results in temporary impairment in memory … Read More

Cinnamon is most commonly used as a topping, a flavorful addition to everyday treats such as bread, lattes, and cereal. But now, scientists at Rush University Medical Center have discovered an astounding new use for America’s favorite spice. According to the new study, published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, consuming cinnamon … Read More

The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It acts as the control center and manages the body’s physiological systems via complex networks and pathways. As commonly shown in research, and even in popular media, the brain’s functions tend to decline with age. But what is the reason behind this? How … Read More

Ebola continues to be a subject of interest among medical professionals. With a fatality rate of around 50% and a terrifying manner of death–making its victims bleed out from every orifice after days, or even weeks, of suffering–the disease is one of the most talked about and deadliest in the world. In this study, 82 survivors of … Read More

A research team, including senior author David Glanzman of the Integrative Biology and Physiology and Neurobiology departments at UCLA, has found that early Alzheimer’s patients may be able to restore lost memories by reestablishing connections between neurons in the brain. Neurons are long cells that are essentially weaved together in a neural network. Messages are sent from … Read More

Estrogen is a well-known compound, often associated with women. Although the hormone, a chemical messenger, is also present in men, estrogen is commonly linked to women because of the role it plays in the growth and development of female sexual characteristics and features. Aside from contributing to the sexual development of women, estrogen has a … Read More

Injuries are hard to avoid among child athletes. Even with precautions in place, the possibility of injury often cannot be completely eliminated. The number of sports-related injuries (including concussions) in those aged 19 or younger was 250,000 in 2009. Children who have had a concussion have an increased chance of having another one. Even more dangerous … Read More

Alzheimer’s disease is a genetic brain disorder that eventually leads to the destruction of brain cells. In the early stages of the disease, the brain’s synapses, or connections between brain cells, are destroyed. The current notion is that the elimination of these connections is what leads to memory loss in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. … Read More

Is physical exercise beneficial only to the body or is it linked to brain development too? A new study published in Brain Plasticity implies that exercise is indeed heavily related to the maturation of the brain. The results show that mice exercising on wheels had improved brain ability in distinguishing new from familiar objects; these mice … Read More

Many of the everyday decisions we make, such as “What am I going to buy for my brother’s birthday?” or “Where am I going to eat today?” are heavily based off the retrieval of relevant memories. In the past, the neural and cognitive mechanisms behind these decision-making processes were not studied. Despite the lack of … Read More

Eggs are wonderful. Often lauded as a balanced part of breakfast and a “superfood”, the egg provides a great number of health benefits, and with moderate consumption, it raises no health concerns. However, recent studies on the effects of the amino acid tyrosine show that eggs can do more than provide high nutritional fuel for your body; they … Read More

As humans, one of our greatest gifts is our ability to consciously make decisions; it’s what separates us from other animals. However, we don’t always realize that our decision-making ability may be flawed. According to research recently conducted by the University of Cambridge, our decisions may be highly influenced by recent events, to the point that … Read More

Good news teenagers: a little extra sleep might have more benefits than previously thought. New research with fruit flies shows that a few extra hours of shut eye might hold the key to restoring the memory lost to neurodegenerative diseases. Fruit flies have traditionally been used for scientific studies because they have a well mapped genome (DNA) … Read More

Sleep is regenerative and renewing, but does an hour-long nap really boost your brain power? A recent study by researchers at Saarland University seems to confirm this. In their investigation of power naps, researchers created two groups from 41 participants and assigned them memory tasks. Participants looked at single words and word pairs and attempted … Read More

Often times while studying students find themselves staring at the same sentence for minutes on end. Although many of these students lament their inability to focus, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have uncovered an interesting twist to this dilemma: the right type of mental rest can actually boost learning. But what is … Read More

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