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Symptoms and Reduced Quality of Life can Persist 5 years out from a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion)

A recent study conducted by a group of American universities, including Harvard University, has found that most people who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury are still experiencing reduced quality of life and specific symptoms related to the injury at 5 years post-injury. The study found persistently elevated rates of unfavourable outcomes including depression, […]

Trichloroethylene: An Invisible Cause of Parkinson’s Disease?

The number of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Numerous genetic causes or risk factors for the disease have been identified, but most individuals with PD do not carry any of these mutations. Several environmental toxicants, especially certain pesticides, have also been linked to PD, and head […]

A New Approach to Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder with an estimated 11% prevalence in school-age children. ADHD is primarily characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and various cognitive dysfunctions that often persist into adolescence and adulthood. Pharmacological interventions have been among the most used and recommended treatment options for ADHD. Pharmacological interventions […]

Dr Beck speaking at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society’s annual conference in Niagara Falls Canada in 2023.

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) encourages research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience.  The Society shall collaborate with existing public and private organizations to promote and encourage education and research in Behavioral Neuroscience and will participate and assist in the coordination of efforts or formulation of research and clinical programs. Founded in 1992, […]

Neuroplasticity Based Home Treatment Programs are now Available at the Institute of Functional Neuroscience

Receiving high-quality, clinician-monitored, neuroplasticity therapy in the comfort of your own home is now a reality. Virtual (home) treatment utilization transformed mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic lockdown periods in the province of Ontario in Canada, more than two-thirds of mental health treatment visits were completed by virtual (home) visits. Similar […]

What Have We Learned About Long COVID (so far)?

Long COVID can be defined as patients still experiencing symptoms 3 months after having COVID. A recent study based on data for 1.2 million individuals (from 22 countries) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found, an estimated 15.1% of patients who have reported symptoms after 3 months (Long COVID) continued […]

Home Based Brain Stimulation is Effective in Improving Attention in Adults with ADHD.

A recently published paper demonstrated that home-based brain stimulation is effective in improving attention in adults with ADHD. In this randomized clinical trial, daily treatment with a home-based tDCS device over 4 weeks improved attention in adult patients with ADHD who were not taking stimulant medication. We asked Dr Randy Beck, an expert in non-invasive […]

Brain Stimulation can Improve Short-term and Long-term Memory

A recently published study on 150 adults aged 65-88 years found that transcranial electrical current-based stimulation for 20 minutes over 4 consecutive days had a lasting positive effect on memory. The patients who received this therapy experienced an improvement in both short and long-term memory for at least 1 month in 85-90% of older adults. […]

The Cause of Depression is not Related to a Chemical Imbalance in your Brain

Many of you may have heard, that the serotonin “chemical imbalance” theory of depression was recently put to rest by a group of University College London (UCL) scientists in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. After reviewing decades of research, there’s no evidence that serotonin levels or serotonin activity are responsible for depression, they wrote. In other […]