Maternal depression may influence fetal brain development

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies.Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Predicting developmental delays in preterm infants through brain chemical ratios

Researchers have identified a potential biomarker for predicting whether a premature infant is at high risk for motor development problems, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology.”We are living in an era in which survival of premature birth is more common,” said Giles S. Kendall, Ph.D. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical […]

Cannabis ‘changes shape of brain circuits’

“Teenagers who smoke cannabis have ‘poor memory and abnormal brain structures’,” the Daily Mail reports. The headline accurately reflects the results of a small study looking at the effect of cannabis use on brain structure. Researchers compared the results of brain scans and tests of working memory from people who once had a “cannabis use disorder” with those from people with […]

Researchers claim that sleep detoxes the brain

“Why do we sleep? To clean our brains, say US scientists,” The Guardian reports. A US research team, studying mice, has suggested sleep helps clear the brain of ‘waste products’. Although sleep is an intrinsic part of our lives, scientists are still uncertain why a good night’s sleep makes us feel better or why lack of sleep […]

Doubt cast on the benefits of omega-3 for the brain

 "The great superfood U-turn," claims the Mail Online today, suggesting that scientists have shown that "feasting on salmon and nuts may not preserve brainpower after all". The news is based on a study of more than 2,000 older women. The researchers looked at the relationship between their blood levels of two omega-3 fatty acids and […]

Excessive folic acid found to alter brain development and behavior

Scientists from New York State report that higher doses of folic acid during pregnancy and throughout life may have lasting negative effects. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Tiny area of the brain linked to fear of the future

"Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression," BBC News reports. UK scientists think they have identified part of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. This part of the brain, called the habenula, may also be associated with depression. The headline is based on a small study that used brain scans to look at brain […]

Sex addiction affects brain in ‘same way as drugs’

“Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?” asked The Guardian today. This and other related headlines came from a UK study that looked at brain scans of 19 men with compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) while they watched either sexually explicit, erotic or non-sexual videos. CSB is a not a well-established diagnosis as it does […]

MRI shows brain abnormalities in late preterm infants

Babies born 32 to 36 weeks into gestation may have smaller brains and other brain abnormalities that could lead to long-term developmental problems, according to a new study. Researchers focused on moderate and late preterm (MLPT) babies — those born between 32 weeks, zero days, and 36 weeks, six days, into gestation. MLPT babies account […]

Watching porn associated with male brain shrinkage

“Viewing porn shrinks the brain,” reports the Daily Mail. In a small study, MRI scans found that men who watched the most pornography had less grey matter – complex brain tissue – compared to men who watched the least. It found a weak to moderate correlation between the number of hours of porn viewed a […]

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