NFL Play Leads to Higher Risk of Death from Alzheimer’s and ALS

A recent study in the journal Neurology looked at thousands of former NFL players and found that they suffered a higher incidence of death from conditions like Alzheimer’s and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) versus the normal U.S. population. Former football players were found to be three times more likely than non-players to…

Tai Chi & Resistance Training May Help with Parkinson’s Symptoms

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that practicing the meditative Chinese martial art tai chi may help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms, and resistance training might also help with certain aspects of the disease. The study, conducted by scientists from the Oregon Research Institute, compared three different types of interventions in the…

Brain-to-Computer Chip to Treat Neurological Disorders

For many years scientists have been able to stimulate certain brain regions to treat various disorders, including depression and Parkinson’s disease.  This treatment method is often imprecise and over-stimulation of the brain can have damaging effects.  A recent study of deep brain stimulation therapy in patients with Parkinson’s disease found that patients with the brain…

Daily TED Talk – Michael Merzenich on Re-wiring the Brain

This week something really neat is happening in Long Beach, California. It’s the annual TED Conference– a meeting of some of the world’s great minds of science, technology, design, and entertainment. While not all of us are able to attend the very exclusive TED Conference, we can all benefit from the wonderful videos they post…