Tag Archives: Brain

How Does Sugar Affect the Brain?

Contrary to what some people may think, sugar doesn’t actually increase mental performance. Glucose, a fundamental substance in the correct functioning of the brain, helps us with the most intense intellectual tasks. A drop in glucose levels can lead to poorer performance on tasks involving memory, learning or attention.  So why doesn’t brain performance improve… Read More »

New study reveals how the brain organizes information about odors

The premiere of the movie “Scent of Mystery” in 1960 marked a singular event in the annals of cinema: the first, and last, motion picture debut “in glorious Smell-O-Vision.” Hoping to wow moviegoers with a dynamic olfactory experience alongside the familiar spectacles of sight and sound, select theaters were outfitted with a Rube Goldberg-esque device… Read More »

Brain tumors respond well to combo of radiation, schizophrenia drug

By Denise Heady Researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues have found that adding a drug once commonly used to treat schizophrenia to traditional radiation therapy helped improve overall survival in mice with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest and most difficult-to-treat brain tumors. The findings, published May 1 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,… Read More »

The Role the Brain Plays in Muscle Fatigue

How much we’re able to voluntarily activate the muscles is dependent upon will power and motivation or physical condition as well as the degree of muscle fatigue. The latter in particular contributes to measurable and noticeable impairments in performance. Muscle fatigue research has for a long time largely been limited to changes in the muscle… Read More »

Memory Training Increases Brain Activity in Hippocampus

Research shows that people with difficulty in remembering things can be helped with a memory training strategy. The hippocampus, an area of the brain critical for the formation of memories, can even be re-engaged with memory training. Researchers investigated memory training strategies for individuals having mild cognitive impairment. The methods made use of in this… Read More »