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Study suggests canola oil is not as beneficial as advertised; sustained use may cause memory problems and brain damage

Canola oil could cause weight gain and mem­o­ry loss (Los Ange­les Times):

Accord­ing to a recent study con­duct­ed on mice, just two table­spoons of canola oil per day can cause weight gain and severe pro­gres­sion of Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The new results are call­ing into ques­tion pre­vi­ous rec­om­men­da­tions of canola oil as a health­ful alter­na­tive to sat­u­rat­ed fats.

Canola oil is appeal­ing because it is less expen­sive than oth­er veg­etable oils, and it is adver­tised as being healthy,” said lead researcher Domeni­co Prat­icò, M.D. “Very few stud­ies, how­ev­er, have exam­ined that claim, espe­cial­ly in terms of the brain.” Read the rest of this entry »

When flying to Mars, make sure to monitor and enhance brain function (radiation exposure can hurt performance)

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Could a trip to Mars fry astro­nauts’ brains? (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

Brain dam­age. Mem­o­ry dete­ri­o­ra­tion. Intel­li­gence loss. This could be your brain on a trip to Mars…The find­ing, pub­lished in the open-source jour­nal Sci­ence Advances this month, could throw a wrench in the many ambi­tious mis­sions aimed at Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health, and concussions, start to receive due attention

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Invest­ing in brain health (CNBC):

No more than 10 years ago, I played for a league where I felt the pres­sures both inter­nal­ly and exter­nal­ly to return to the field and keep play­ing no mat­ter what. The words “con­cus­sion” and “TBI” (trau­mat­ic brain injury) were not fre­quent­ly used Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Wider use of EEG measurements in emergency care

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New EEG elec­trode set for fast and easy mea­sure­ment of brain func­tion abnor­mal­i­ties (press release):

A new, easy-to-use EEG elec­trode set for the mea­sure­ment of the elec­tri­cal activ­i­ty of the brain was devel­oped in a recent study com­plet­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of East­ern Finland…make it pos­si­ble to attach the elec­trode set on the patient quick­ly Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Damage, Therapeutics and the Blood-Brain Barrier

Blood-Brain Bar­ri­er Less Per­me­able in New­borns than Adults after Acute Stroke (press release):

The blood-brain bar­ri­er is selec­tive­ly per­me­able and blocks unwant­ed mol­e­cules from enter­ing into the brain. The selec­tiv­i­ty is achieved Read the rest of this entry »

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