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…

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…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: TBI, The "Signature Injury" of a Generation

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: Official military figures report that about 115,000 troops have experienced a traumatic brain injury…

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…

Q&A Session on Music and the Brain with Kimberly Sena Moore

Yesterday, we hosted an excellent Q&A session on Facebook about music and the brain. Music therapist Kimberly Sena Moore answered people’s questions and I think we all learned a lot! For those who missed the discussion and prefer to read it in transcript form, I’ve re-posted it here. You can find Kimberly’s blog about music…

Gray Matter on the Gridiron – What Does Neuroscience Have to Do with Football?

The question on most people’s minds this Sunday will be “Packers or Steelers?” not “What does the Super Bowl have to do with your brain?” For those of us who are interested in neuroscience, though, it turns out that there is a whole body of fascinating research and writings on a variety of topics that…