Mental Health Archive – A study in the May 1, 2011 issue of the journal Sleep describes how changes in sleep that occur over a five-year period in late middle age affect cognitive function in later life. The findings suggest that women and men who begin sleeping more or less than 6 to 8 hours per night […] – Being overweight or obese during middle age may increase the risk of certain dementias, according to a new research study published in the May 3, 2011 print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Currently, 1.6 billion adults are overweight or obese worldwide and over 50 percent of […] – Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, reduce the effectiveness of the most widely used class of antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, according to scientists at The Rockefeller University. This surprising discovery, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may explain […]

Fish has long been considered in myriad cultures to be “brain food,” but only recently has bona fide science begun to support this deep-rooted belief. Researchers now know that the omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon and herring may play a critical role in both development and maintenance of the brain […] – A mother’s iron deficiency early in pregnancy may have a profound and long-lasting effect on the brain development of the child, even if the lack of iron is not enough to cause severe anemia, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study published in the scientific journal PLoS One. The results are […] – When the EPA phased out the widespread residential use of chlorpyrifos and other organophosphorus (OP) insecticides in 2000-2001 because of risks to child neurodevelopment, these compounds were largely replaced with pyrethroid insecticides. But the safety of these replacement insecticides remained unclear, as they had never been evaluated for long-term neurotoxic effects after low-level […]