Hit the sleep ‘sweet spot’ to keep brain sharp (Links to an external site)

Older adults who sleep short or long experienced greater cognitive decline than those who sleep a moderate amount, even when the effects of early Alzheimer’s disease were taken into account, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (Photo: Getty Images)

Like so many other good things in life, sleep is best in moderation. A multiyear study of older adults found that both short and long sleepers experienced greater cognitive decline than people who slept a moderate amount, even when the effects of early Alzheimer’s disease were taken into account. The study was led by researchers […]

Podcast: Pandemic contributing to uptick of mental health problems in kids (Links to an external site)

Although children tend to be at lower risk of COVID-19, the number of kids with mental health and behavioral problems has exploded during the pandemic, driving an increase in pediatric hospital admissions nationwide. In this episode of "Show Me the Science," child psychiatrist John Constantino, MD, and pediatric neurologist Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, discuss some of Washington University's efforts to reverse that trend.

Infections with the virus that causes COVID-19 are not the only cause of pandemic-related hospitalizations. Although children tend to be at lower risk of COVID-19, the number of kids with mental health and behavioral problems has exploded during the pandemic, driving an increase in pediatric hospital admissions nationwide. Stressors associated with remote schooling, fear of […]

Rainwater Charitable Foundation Announces Second-Annual Rainwater Prize Winners for Brain Research (Links to an external site)

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Rainwater Charitable Foundation, one of the largest independent funders of neurodegenerative disease research, today announced Dr. David M. Holtzman (the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and Chair of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis) and Dr. Celeste Karch (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, […]