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For high school football players, just a season of play brings brain changes

The Los Angeles Times – Melissa Healy

“Without sustaining a single concussion, a North Carolina high school football team showed worrisome brain changes after a single season of play, a new study has shown. A detailed effort to capture the on-field experiences of 24 high school football players showed that, at the end of a single season of play, teammates whose heads sustained the most frequent contact with other moving bodies had the most pronounced changes in several measures of brain health.”(more)

Dementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why

NPR – Ina Jaffe

“While the prevalence of dementia cases dropped, the average amount of education in the study population increased. In 2000, the average amount of education was 11.8 years, just shy of the 12 years it usually takes to graduate from high school. In 2012, the average amount of education was 12.7 years — in other words, high school plus a little bit of college.”(more)

Musical training creates new brain connections in children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).”(more)

Traumatic stress changes brains of boys, girls differently

Science Daily – Staff Writer

” Traumatic stress affects the brains of adolescent boys and girls differently, according to a new brain-scanning study. Among youth with post-traumatic stress disorder, the study found structural differences between the sexes in one part of the insula, a brain region that detects cues from the body and processes emotions and empathy. The insula helps to integrate one’s feelings, actions and several other brain functions.”(more)

Smart nutrition to improve your child’s mental performance

The Mid-Week Review – Staff Writer

“Our brains are a complex network of billions of neurons, each connecting to thousands of other neurons in a continual “ripple” of activity resulting in, on average, 6 000 thoughts a day. During exams, and times of great stress, our brain activity goes into overdrive, so to speak, with more “connections” taking place than there are trees and their leaves in the entire Amazon rainforest! Late nights cramming, months of preparation and maintaining concentration for hours on end can leave students drained and their brains starved of vital nutrients. UK nutritional expert Patrick Holford says independent research shows that the right combination of what he calls natural “smart nutrients” can boost concentration and energy levels and mental vitality.”(more)

Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

The Guardian – Mo Costandi

“The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warning that “claims promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times misleading”. Earlier this year, industry giant Lumosity was fined $2m, and ordered to refund thousands of customers who were duped by false claims that the company’s products improve general mental abilities and slow the progression of age-related decline in mental abilities. And a recent review examining studies purporting to show the benefits of such products found “little evidence … that training improves improves everyday cognitive performance”. While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older. One of these is musical training. Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument is beneficial for children and adults alike, and may even be helpful to patients recovering from brain injuries.”(more)