Study: Parkinson’s disease may be caused by common dry-cleaning chemical

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes tremors, stiffened limbs and cognitive problems. PD affects over 8.5 million people worldwide. Researchers have found that PD is linked to low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the body. Risk factors for PD include past traumatic brain injury and exposure toContinue reading “Study: Parkinson’s disease may be caused by common dry-cleaning chemical”

Fats and developing dementia

Dietary fat affects our health in a number of ways. Now, a study suggests that the risk for developing dementia later in life depends on the type of fat consumed. Researchers studied 6,183 women over age 65 and tracked their fat consumption and changes in their mental abilities over four years. After controlling for manyContinue reading “Fats and developing dementia”

How a mother’s love changes her child’s brain growth

Researchers have found that a mother’s nurturing love physically fosters the growth of a region in the child’s brain that is key to learning, memory and responding to stress. In a study funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the researchers found that some children had a hippocampus almost 10% larger than theirContinue reading “How a mother’s love changes her child’s brain growth”

Infrequent gazing= higher risk for autism?

Could your six-month-old’s current behaviour indicate a higher risk for autism in the future? A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found that an early marker for later communication and social delays in infants at a higher risk for autism is infrequent gazing at other people when unprompted.Continue reading “Infrequent gazing= higher risk for autism?”