Recovering from Stroke: Can Nootropics Help?
A good number of nootropics are regularly prescribed for neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer’s patients are often given nootropics. Parkinson’s disease can be fought with nootropics. And why not?  The research backing these drugs for neurodegenerative disease is strong. Stroke, however, is a different story. I was in my mid-twenties when... Read more
Nootropics and Traumatic Brain Injury
There are more than 200,000 traumatic brain injuries diagnosed in the United States each year. While you might expect this type of injury to occur with our soldiers and football players, it impacts a much wider segment of the population. Falling off the monkey bars, taking a tumble off... Read more
Oxiracetam and Chronic Cerebral Hypoperfusion-Induced Cognitive Impairment
Many things about chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) are a mystery. We know that it can cause vascular dementia, but we’re not sure how. We know that CCH contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, but, again, we are not sure how. We are more certain of its causes: often... Read more
Finding Pain in the Brain
Pain is a national problem. I’m not talking about the pain of a failed relationship or the terrible sensation of hitting your funny bone against something hard. I’m not talking about scraped knees, the flu or even breaking a bone. Though these are painful experiences, they are short lived.... Read more
Nootropics and Mitochondrial Respiration
Mitochondrial respiration is important. It is these mechanisms that convert oxygen to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal energy donor in cells. When ATP production isn’t working at full capacity, cells can’t function properly.  A recent study from the Czech Republic examines the impact of nootropics on a variety of... Read more
Mild Cognitive Disorder Treatment: Piracetam vs. Noopept
In a sunny suburb of Florida, Janie Smith loses her keys. After much wandering about she realizes they’re on the coffee table to the left side of her couch, instead of the one to the right side of her couch. Janie laughs at her silliness. This wouldn’t have happened... Read more
Piracetam for Anxiety and Depression
We have all experienced that momentary awkward feeling when passing by someone vaguely familiar in the hall or on the road. Do I wave? Smile? Start a Conversation? Pretend I don’t see them? As we get older, some of this social anxiety is alleviated. We better understand social protocol.... Read more
Marijuana and the Developing Brain
Before I started studying the brain, I had a pretty laissez faire attitude towards marijuana use. If you had asked me, even five years ago, how I intended to educate my children in drug use, I would have espoused an “everything in moderation” attitude. Luckily, I started to learn... Read more
Towards an Evolutionary Account of Psychosis and Mood Disorders
Evolution is a well-known and well-respected scientific theory. Simply put, those organisms that are able to survive are then able to reproduce and pass their genes on to their children. Theoretically speaking, terrible genes should get weeded out over time. When this isn’t the case there is usually a... Read more
Longevity Gene Linked to a Better Brain
KLOTHO may sound like the name of an alien species out of Star Trek, but it is actually a gene associated with longevity in humans. The gene has been linked to lower levels of muscle atrophy and cardiovascular disease. It is basically science fiction, minus the fiction. It gets... Read more
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