Brain Health

Laughter May Be The Best Medicine After All (At Least For Your Brain)

Did you hear the one about the guy who swapped the gas pump labels? It was an April Fuel’s joke… (hahahaha!!) April 1st is the day for silly pranks and jokes, and new research published in the most recent issue of Health Communication by Taylor & Francis Online reveals brain healthy benefits of making others… read more

5 Nutrition Tips for a Better Brain

It’s an age-old mantra: you are what you eat. So apparently I’m a basket of sweet potato fries. But, seriously? Like most Americans, I think I’m doing just fine. Generally healthy, busy lifestyle with work and family, I even occasionally go hiking or work out at the gym. Maybe I’m a little fluffier and more… read more

The Top 5 Podcasts for Brain Health

We want to do everything possible to keep our brains in top-notch condition, but finding the best resources isn’t always easy. Who are the experts we should be listening to? The team at Modern Brain Journal scoured the podcast community to find five of the best shows on brain health. We picked shows with two… read more

Heal Your Gut, Help Your Depression

Science and media have increasingly communicated a powerful connection between the brain and the gut. We now know that gut microbiota impacts hormonal and neurotransmitter activity in the brain, which affects everything from appetite to focus to mood. According to a recent publication in Nature Communications scientists have now found a specific bacteria that can… read more

The Shocking Holiday Indulgences That Could Reduce Age-related Cognitive Decline

Just in time for the holidays, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published some encouraging news: Minor dietary changes could reduce the decline of fluid intelligence as we age! The impact of healthy eating choices such as the Mediterranean diet on brain function has been well researched. While this concept is firmly established, there is still… read more

Chocolate For A Brain Boost!

Its time for semester finals and students are scrambling for a brain boost. Chocolate to the rescue! A new scientific report published in Nature reveals the positive impact of flavanols on cerebral blood flow and cognitive function. Scientists worked with young adults to evaluate the interaction of cocoa flavanols in the brain. What they discovered… read more

National Concussion Awareness Day

Kids and adults alike need to be more aware of concussion signs and symptoms, and effective interventions for treatment. Despite COVID-19 modifications, many high-impact sports such as football, soccer, and hockey are gearing up for fall and winter games. A tackle on the football field can often lead to an unreported concussion, with symptoms not… read more

Obesity and Alzheimer’s

Obesity and increased body mass index (BMI) is associated with a myriad of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Recent research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease confirmed a correlation between higher BMI and decreased brain activity and blood flow. This diminished cerebral perfusion can result in cognitive and psychological deficits including… read more

A Toast To Brain Health

The media has been full of stories on unhealthy repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a rise in the purchase of alcoholic beverages. Obviously we all agree that overindulging in alcohol is harmful for body and brain. Yet is a glass of wine after a stressful day altogether a bad thing? New research published by… read more

Could Infant Antibiotic Use Create Anti-social Adults?

New research published in BMC Neuroscience revealed that antibiotic treatment during the early life of mice caused neurotransmitter impairment. The antibiotics changed animal microbiome which then created a reduction in the receptors that impact frontal cortex function. These changes in the mice brains decreased social behavior and diminished pain receptors. Obviously these findings do not… read more

Quick Trick to Chase Stress Away

Can’t find your keys? Forgot to attend that virtual meeting? Overwhelmed with the plethora of emails from your child’s school? These uncertain times can translate into chronic and acute stress. Our brains suffer from the ongoing onslaught of anxiety and memory is often the first to go. However, exercise is a quick trick that can… read more