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Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds
The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct, a joint study by the University of Sheffield and National University of Singapore has found. (2018-10-05)

Mouse study mirrors human findings that link chemotherapy and APOE4 to cognitive issues
A chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat breast cancer alters brain structure and function in mice that express the human APOE4 gene, known to significantly increase risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a study led by Georgetown investigators. (2018-10-04)

Researchers develop combined data model to better evaluate for mild cognitive impairment
A new study has shown that by combining imaging and neuropsychological testing, one can more accurately assess the cognitive status of individuals. (2018-10-04)

AI could predict cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer's Disease in the next five years
A team of scientists has successfully trained a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to make accurate predictions regarding cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer's disease. (2018-10-04)

Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development
A study led by researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal confirms that cannabis use is related to impaired and lasting effects on adolescent cognitive development. (2018-10-03)

Reducing mutant Huntington disease protein can restore cognitive function in mice
New research from the University of British Columbia suggests that reducing mutated Huntington disease protein in the brain can restore cognitive and psychiatric impairments in mice. (2018-10-03)

Insomnia therapy may slow or reverse cortical gray matter atrophy in fibromyalgia
Preliminary findings from a pilot study suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) may slow or even reverse the atrophy of cortical gray matter in patients who have co-morbid fibromyalgia. (2018-10-02)

Scientists use AI to develop better predictions of why children struggle at school
Scientists using machine learning -- a type of artificial intelligence -- with data from hundreds of children who struggle at school, identified clusters of learning difficulties which did not match the previous diagnosis the children had been given. The researchers from the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge say this reinforces the need for children to receive detailed assessments of their cognitive skills to identify the best type of support. (2018-09-30)

Medical-records study links dementia-related brain changes to hospital stays for critical illness
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that a novel analysis of more than a thousand patients adds to evidence that hospitalization, critical illness and major infection may diminish brain structures that are most commonly affected by Alzheimer's disease. (2018-09-27)

Childhood poverty may have lasting effects on cognitive skills in old age
Children who grow up in poverty or who are otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged may be more likely in old age to score lower than others on tests of cognitive skills, according to a study published in the Sept. 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2018-09-26)

Limiting children's recreational screen time to less than 2 hours a day linked to better cognition
Only one in 20 US children in the study met the full recommended guidelines on recreational screen time, physical activity and sleep. (2018-09-26)

Study: Exercise may delay cognitive decline in people with rare Alzheimer's disease
For individuals carrying a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer's disease, engaging in at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week may have beneficial effects on markers of Alzheimer's disease brain changes and may delay cognitive decline, according to a new study. (2018-09-25)

UCalgary scientists discover a way to diagnose types of fear of falling in Parkinson's patients
Parkinson's disease causes one of the highest risks of falling among all neurological conditions. Due to this, many patients develop a fear of falling, even if they've never fallen. Researchers with the Cumming School of Medicine have discovered a way to diagnose subtypes of fear of falling in hopes of improving treatment and quality of life for patients. (2018-09-25)

Climate change not main driver of amphibian decline
While a warming climate in recent decades may be a factor in the waning of some local populations of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, it cannot explain the overall steep decline of amphibians, according to researchers. (2018-09-25)

Even mild physical activity immediately improves memory function, UCI-led study finds
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and Japan's University of Tsukuba found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage. (2018-09-24)

New AGS-NIA conference report explores links between senses and cognitive health
Experts at a prestigious medical conference hosted by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) hope their work --reported today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society -- will have colleagues seeing eye-to-eye on an important but under-researched area of health care: The link between impaired vision, hearing, and cognition (the medical term for our memory and thinking capabilities, which are impacted as we age by health concerns like dementia and Alzheimer's disease). (2018-09-24)

New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against Alzheimer's disease
New research from USC has uncovered a previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The study provides insights on how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented. (2018-09-21)

The link between cognitive function and sexuality in older adults
Researchers learn more about the relationship between sexual behavior, function, and cognition (people's ability to think and make decisions). (2018-09-21)

Kiwi teenagers less fit than a generation ago, Otago research reveals
New Zealand teenagers are less fit and weigh more than their parents were at the same age, new University of Otago research reveals. (2018-09-20)

Research examines mechanisms behind cognitive decline in type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes has been linked with an increased risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia, but the underlying mechanisms are uncertain. In a new Diabetic Medicine study, imaging tests revealed that changes in white matter regions of the brain that are indicative of small vessel disease are associated with decreased processing speed (the the time it takes a person to do a mental task) in people with Type 2 diabetes. (2018-09-19)

New fungus found to cause cankers and declines in pistachio trees in Sicily, Italy
Since 2010, pistachio farmers from Sicily have been reporting a disease on the trees, characterised by cankers and declines, sometimes leading to the collapse of entire plants. Having surveyed 15 pistachio orchards from three provinces, as well as potted plants, an international team of researchers identified a new disease caused by a previously unknown fungus. The aetiology of the disease and the new pathogenic species are described in the open access journal MycoKeys. (2018-09-19)

MS researchers find well-being differs with age in multiple sclerosis
The oldest group reported the lowest levels of depressive symptoms and the highest levels of Physical QOL. 'These results were unexpected,' said Dr. Strober, 'given the functional limitations, disease progression, and neurological lesions seen in the aging MS population. Contrary to our hypothesis, the trend by age paralleled the general population. Younger individuals with MS are at greater risk for depression and poor QOL. If confirmed, targeted screening for depression by age may be warranted in this population.' (2018-09-19)

Discovery could explain failed clinical trials for Alzheimer's, and provide a solution
Researchers at King's College London have discovered a vicious feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer's disease which may explain why so many drug trials have failed. The study also identifies a clinically approved drug which breaks the vicious cycle and protects against memory-loss in animal models of Alzheimer's. (2018-09-19)

Kessler researchers show Speed of Processing Training effective in multiple sclerosis
'These results indicate that processing speed is fundamental to higher order cognitive function in individuals with MS,' said Dr. Chiaravalloti, the Foundation's director of Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, and Traumatic Brain Injury Research. 'Looking at the impact of cognitive interventions on neuropsychological measures isn't enough, however. The outcomes of our research studies need to include the effects of cognitive rehabilitation protocols on how people perform in their daily lives.' (2018-09-18)

Organic farming methods favors pollinators
Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. An extensive 3-year study from Lund University in Sweden has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the pollinator decline. This beneficial effect is due to both the absence of insecticides and a higher provision of flower resources. (2018-09-14)

Can a novel high-density EEG approach disentangle the differences of visual event related potential (N170), elicited by negative facial stimuli, in people with subjective cognitive impairment?
Thessaloniki- Macedonia, Greece -- Sept. 14, 2018 -- Greek researchers investigated whether specific brain regions, which have been found to be highly activated after negative facial stimulus, are also activated in different groups of people with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) compared to healthy controls (HC). (2018-09-14)

Brief psychotherapy benefits women caring for children with severe health issues
Brief cognitive behavioral therapy significantly improved the mental health of women overwhelmed by caring for children with severe chronic health conditions, researchers at the University of Louisville have found. After five therapy sessions, study participants reported significantly decreased depressive symptoms, negative thinking and chronic stressors, and experienced improved sleep quality, according to Lynne Hall, Dr.P.H., R.N., associate dean of research and professor at the UofL School of Nursing. (2018-09-14)

Healthcare cuts 'strongly linked' to the resurgence of measles
Studies show that primary reason for the measles outbreak, affecting several European countries, is the decline in vaccination coverage, for which mainly the 'spread of anti-scientific theories' can be blamed. However, a new study in the European Journal of Public Health shows that cuts in public health expenditure also play an important role, with measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage decreasing 0.5 percentage points for each 1 percent expenditure cut (2018-09-12)

Older adults fitted with cochlear implants exhibit poor brain function
Older adults fitted with a cochlear implant to compensate for severe hearing loss have significantly poorer cognitive function than their normal-hearing counterparts. Hearing loss is a risk factor for cognitive decline, so this new finding suggests cochlear implants cannot fully compensate for this deterioration in brain function. Rehabilitation treatment should be tailored to the cognitive profile of cochlear implant patients, with further research determining the impact of cochlear implants on cognition and its decline. (2018-09-12)

Childhood trauma linked to impaired social cognition later in life for patients with major psychiatric disorders
A new report published in European Psychiatry identified a significant association between childhood adversity and impaired social cognitive functioning among adults diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders. Through a comprehensive review of all research conducted to date, the investigators established that a traumatic early social environment frequently leads to social cognitive problems and greater illness severity for individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. (2018-09-12)

Turtle species decline may impact environments worldwide
About 61 percent of the world's 356 turtle species are threatened or already extinct, and the decline could have ecological consequences, according to a study in the journal BioScience. (2018-09-12)

Study first to report sexual behavior norms for US adults with dementia living at home
The majority of partnered, home-dwelling people in the U.S. with dementia are sexually active, according to a University of Chicago Medicine study out this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2018-09-12)

Study prevents cognitive decline in older blacks with memory loss
A behavioral treatment that helps adults set goals toward a more active social, cognitive, and physical lifestyle can reduce memory decline, in a randomized controlled trial. (2018-09-10)

Immune cells destroy healthy brain connections, diminish cognitive function in obese mice
Obesity leads to cognitive impairment by activating microglial cells, which consume otherwise functional synapses in the hippocampus, according to a study of male mice published in JNeurosci. The research suggests that microglia may be a potential therapeutic target for one of the lesser known effects of this global health epidemic on the brain. (2018-09-10)

New research shows how we turn on and off languages
A team of researchers has uncovered the distinct computations that occur when we switch between different languages, a finding that provides new insights into the nature of bilingualism. (2018-09-10)

Brain function impacts how experiences contribute to depression
A study in adolescent girls reports that recent life events impact depressive symptoms differently, depending on how the brain responds to winning and losing. A strong brain response to winning boosted the beneficial impact of positive experiences on symptoms, whereas a strong response to losing enhanced the detrimental impact of negative experiences on symptoms. (2018-09-06)

Risk gene for alzheimer may aggravate neurological effects of air pollution in children
There is growing evidence that exposure to air pollution adversely affects cognitive and behavioural development in children. However, the mechanisms underlying this association are, as yet, unknown. Now, the findings of a new study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), suggest that the ╬Á4 variant of the APOE gene may play a significant role in this process. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. (2018-09-06)

Short chromosome tips linked to lower physical function in the elderly
Elderly people with short telomeres -- the 'caps' at the ends of each chromosome -- are more likely to have difficulty performing daily activities such as carrying groceries, climbing stairs and walking. The study of more than 1,200 people from five European countries suggests that short telomeres are an independent risk factor for age-related functional decline, and opens the possibility that slowing telomere shortening may have a positive effect on physical ability in old age. (2018-09-06)

First-ever guidelines for detecting, treating perimenopausal depression
A multi-institutional panel of clinicians and scientists convened by The North American Menopause Society and the National Network on Depression Centers Women and Mood Disorders Task Group, and endorsed by the International Menopause Society, have published the first-ever guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of perimenopausal depression simultaneously in the journal Menopause and the Journal of Women's Health. (2018-09-05)

Hypertension drugs could prevent memory loss in lupus patients, study suggests
Researchers from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that the activation of brain cells called microglia likely contributes to the memory loss and other cognitive impairments suffered by many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The study, which will be published Sept. 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that ACE inhibitors -- a class of drugs commonly used to treat hypertension -- can block this process in mice and might therefore be used to preserve the memory of lupus patients. (2018-09-05)

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