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…

10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Beat Stress

Feeling stressed? We have 10 ideas for you to help lessen it right now, with explanations and links to scientific research backing up these surefire stress busters. Which ones work for you?   Take a Hike: A study recently found that taking short walks in nature can help lower stress and improve well-being and cognitive health. Knit…

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…

Concussions and Hockey – What Can Be Done?

This past Super Bowl weekend, I wrote about some interesting connections between neuroscience and football, including a variety of statistics and opinions about brain injuries and football. Now that football season is over, I’ve noticed an increasing number of headlines about brain injuries in hockey players. Recent research in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) found…