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Concussions may leave structural brain changes after symptoms disappear

Damage to white matter can persist for six months, suggests study<p>Concussions can have a lasting impact on the structure of the brain months after the initial injury, according to new research. These changes can linger long after clinical symptoms — such as dizziness and impaired balance — have …

Brain changes persist in student athletes six months after a concussion, study suggests

Despite all the recent attention to cases of long-term traumatic brain injury in National Football League players, concussions in daily sports among the rest of us are still often treated as temporary.<p>There's a lot of evidence to back up this way of thinking. Numerous studies have shown that …

Intermittent explosive disorder: Why some people experience sudden and unexplained rage

IED can be caused by an impaired reading of social situations, scientists discover<p>People who suffer from anger disorders may have weakened …

Marijuana Compounds Found To Remove Alzheimer's Proteins From The Brain

Scientists have found evidence that some of the compounds within marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a protein commonly …

Dementia

Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think–Here’s How To Wake It Up

It isn’t that we’re making bad decisions. More often, we aren’t even aware there’s a decision to make.<p>Wednesday. Hump Day. The part of the week when we’re over the hill and begin sliding toward the weekend. If hitting midweek feels even a little bit better than slogging through Monday or Tuesday …

University of Pennsylvania

Texting can change the rhythm of brain waves: Study

Sending text messages on a smartphone or iPad can change the rhythm of brain waves in humans — a finding that has significant implications for …

'Brain training' cut dementia risk in healthy adults - U.S. study | Reuters

CHICAGO A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in …

Neuroscientists Warn Against Unsupervised Direct Brain Stimulation

Maybe don’t DIY Electrocute your brain<p>Who could have guessed that sticking DIY electrodes to your temples and flicking a switch to "ON" could end poorly?<p>The thirty-nine scientists who got together and endorsed an open letter to the DIY brain-zapping community certainly did. Published in this …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

The Brain Damage That Hides Half the World

A rare condition called hemispatial neglect reveals the invisible seams in human consciousness.<p>When I was a graduate student 25 years ago, I met a man I’ll call Mr. X, who had recently recovered from a stroke to the right side of his cerebral cortex. Like many people with a neurological disability, …