Jon Hamilton http://wamc.org en Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress http://wamc.org/post/binging-bad-news-can-fuel-daily-stress If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.<p>At least that's the suggestion of <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">a national survey </a>conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a "great deal" of stress in the previous month. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 94496 at http://wamc.org Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away http://wamc.org/post/bursts-light-create-memories-then-take-them-away You can't just open up a living brain and see the memories inside.<p>So Roberto Malinow, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent years trying to find other ways to understand how memories are made and lost. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 91791 at http://wamc.org Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms http://wamc.org/post/pregnancy-hormone-may-reduce-multiple-sclerosis-symptoms For decades, women with multiple sclerosis have noticed that they tend to do better while they are pregnant. That has led to an experimental drug for the disease that's based on a hormone associated with pregnancy.<p>The hormone is a form of estrogen called estriol. It's abundant in a woman's body only when she is pregnant. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 91747 at http://wamc.org Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders http://wamc.org/post/military-plans-test-brain-implants-fight-mental-disorders The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.<p>"We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says <a href="http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/BTO/Personnel Tue, 27 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 91311 at http://wamc.org Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter http://wamc.org/post/anti-aging-hormone-could-make-you-smarter A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people's brains work better.<p>The <a href="http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/abstract/S2211-1247(14)00287-3">finding</a> in <em>Cell Reports</em> could someday lead to drugs that improve memory and learning, researchers say.<p>"We've discovered a way to potentially boost cognition," says <a href="http://memory.ucsf.edu/ourcenter/staff/ddubal">Dena Dubal</a>, one of the study's authors who does research on aging and the brain at the University of California, San Francisco. Thu, 08 May 2014 19:55:38 +0000 Jon Hamilton 89975 at http://wamc.org Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join http://wamc.org/post/max-planck-goes-florida-invites-brain-scientists-join Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 89739 at http://wamc.org Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury http://wamc.org/post/education-may-help-insulate-brain-against-traumatic-injury A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.<p>"It's a very dramatic difference," says <a href="https://www.hopkinsresearch.org/BIO/BIO_BioPg.aspx?User_ID=37446">Eric Schneider</a>, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins and the lead author of a new study. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 88861 at http://wamc.org Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://wamc.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 88540 at http://wamc.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women http://wamc.org/post/gene-linked-alzheimers-poses-special-threat-women A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.<p>The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 88193 at http://wamc.org Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade http://wamc.org/post/forgotten-childhood-why-early-memories-fade Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning he found a black bat (the furry kind) in the house.<p>But Francis looks puzzled when his mom, Joanne Csedrik, asks him about a family trip to the Philippines when he was 3. "It was to celebrate someone's birthday," she tells him. "We took a long plane ride, two boat trips," she adds. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 87745 at http://wamc.org The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade