Head Injuries in Youth May Increase Dementia Risk in Aging

A recent study has found some very troubling results: youth who experience head injuries may experience an increased risk of dementia as they age. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that head injuries can interfere with the performance of the glymphatic system, which is responsible for cleaning the brain of damaging debris. The lead researcher…

Get Down and Dirty for Brain Health

Caution, fellow urbanites: Your kids might not be getting enough quality dirt. It turns out that there’s organism commonly found in soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that might help cognitive health. In a recent study, mice exposed to this bacterium were significantly smarter and less anxiety-ridden than their bacteria-free friends. Dr. Dorothy Matthews presented these findings at the American Society of Microbiology…