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
Stem Cells in the Brain: A Cautious Success Story
Researchers, scholars and the public alike have high hopes for the medicinal uses of stem cells, but are their hopes misplaced? Not according to eighteen patients who were recently treated with stem cells after debilitating strokes robbed them of mobility. On a scale of 100 points, with 100 representing full... Read more
Your Physical Brain
When was the last time you did something that was truly physical? I’m not talking about getting winded as you stroll through autumn fields in search of the perfect pumpkin, or chasing down a city bus. I am talking about long bike rides, steep hikes, and marathon training regimes.... 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
This Is Your Brain On Music
Learning the piano is no simple task. The organization of white and black keys may be easily explained, but developing the auditory and motor skills to reproduce Beethoven’s symphony requires more than an understanding of musical notes and notation. The key to music is practice. Repetition over time can... Read more
Towards a Synthetic Brain
There are many reasons to study the brain. Understanding cognition can help us slow, or even reverse, degenerative brain diseases. It can help us understand the environmental factors that lead to increased cognition and connectivity. It may even help us to boost our brain power. Neuroscience, however, doesn’t end... Read more
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