Researchers eye N-acetylcysteine as a potential natural treatment for psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. It plays an important role in your body’s detoxification process and helps mitigate the side effects of drugs and environmental toxins. In fact, it is commonly used to treat people who overdose on acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause acute liver toxicity when taken in large doses. … Continue reading Researchers eye N-acetylcysteine as a potential natural treatment for psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia

Food scientists recommend daily consumption of whole eggs to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke

Eggs are a highly controversial food among health enthusiasts. Because eggs contain high levels of cholesterol and saturated fatty acids, many people make it a point to avoid them for fear of raising their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But a recent study found that — contrary to popular belief — daily egg consumption may help reduce the … Continue reading Food scientists recommend daily consumption of whole eggs to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke

Don’t overdo it: Extreme physical exertion linked to impaired decision-making

Regular exercise is essential for good health. Too much exercise, however, can tire out the brain and cause mental fatigue associated with impulsive behavior and poor decision-making, according to new research. Published in the journal Current Biology, the findings showed that exercise overload led to the diminished activation of the lateral prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that is critical for … Continue reading Don’t overdo it: Extreme physical exertion linked to impaired decision-making

Woman suffers brain injury from coronavirus cotton swab test

The cotton swab used for Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) testing may seem innocuous, but this extended Q-tip-like device can actually cause serious injury when not used properly. Published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery last Oct. 2, described the case of a 40-year old woman who’s brain lining was punctured during a coronavirus test. According to the report, not … Continue reading Woman suffers brain injury from coronavirus cotton swab test

Study: Lithium treatments found to stabilize the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Brazil are suggesting that lithium could potentially halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study published in the journal Current Alzheimer Research, they wrote that the memory of Alzheimer’s patients stabilized after taking small doses of lithium. The team also reported that lithium was able to slow down the aging of brain cells. While research is still ongoing, they … Continue reading Study: Lithium treatments found to stabilize the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease

The therapeutic effects of ginseng against Alzheimer’s disease

Panax ginseng, commonly known as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng, is one of the most widely used and extensively studied species of ginseng. Sometimes referred to as the “true ginseng,” Asian ginseng has been a staple herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is still used today to boost immunity, increase strength and blood volume, lower blood … Continue reading The therapeutic effects of ginseng against Alzheimer’s disease

Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

It’s no secret that air pollution can damage the lungs and the heart. But new research suggests that exposure to polluted air can trigger neurodegeneration as well. In a study published in the journal Environmental Research, an international team of researchers described how they found tiny air pollution particles lodged in the brain stems of young people. Alongside … Continue reading Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Boost brain health with taurine, an amino acid with antidepressant properties

Taurine is an ingredient found in sports supplements and performance-enhancing products. But outside of its reputation as a means to boost athletic performance, taurine is also hailed for its role in supporting brain health and development beginning from conception. In fact, taurine is one of the most essential and abundant amino acids in the brain, so … Continue reading Boost brain health with taurine, an amino acid with antidepressant properties

Headstand yoga DOES NOT increase blood flow to the brain, study finds

Researchers from Russia and the U.S. investigated the effects of Sirshasana (headstand) on the flow of blood to the brain. Their findings were published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Most yoga practitioners believe that Sirshasana can increase blood flow to the brain, but this is not consistent with autoregulation of cerebral blood flow.To … Continue reading Headstand yoga DOES NOT increase blood flow to the brain, study finds

Forgotten dreams: REM sleep helps prevent information overload, explain scientists

Dreams are quickly forgotten the moment people wake up. This is likely due to a group of neurons that gets activated during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase of mammalian slumber when most dreams are made. A recent study published in the journal Science examined the neurons that produce appetite and sleep hormones in mice. Japanese and American … Continue reading Forgotten dreams: REM sleep helps prevent information overload, explain scientists