A ‘Hidden’ Mental Health Pandemic – The Lasting Impact of COVID-19

It has now been one year since lockdown was first announced and we were instructed to “stay at home”. Here at Brain-Based, we mark this anniversary by reflecting on the last year and its long-term ramifications on our mental health. The past year has been one filled with uncertainty, isolation and fear. Increased unemployment, economic […]

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Could a Simple Eye Test Predict Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Patients?

A recent study by University College London researchers found that Parkinson’s patients with visual dysfunction showed worse cognition and may be at a higher risk of developing dementia. While Parkinson’s disease is traditionally thought of as a movement disorder that mainly affects motor functions, emerging evidence suggests that it can also affect cognition. In fact, […]

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The Effects of Vitamin D on the Brain

Long known for its beneficial effects on bone integrity, vitamin D has recently become somewhat of a ‘hot topic’ in the conversations surrounding the fight against Covid-19. So, how does it work? Vitamin D is a lipid-soluble vitamin that is produced in the skin from sun exposure, and is therefore often called the “sunshine vitamin”. […]

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People with schizophrenia may be at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that people diagnosed with schizophrenia disorder, and those on the spectrum are at a greater risk of dying from Covid-19. New York-based researchers collected data from electronic medical records on chronic conditions for a period of three months between March and May […]

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Gender Bias in Autism Spectrum Disorder – Lack of Research or Biology?

It is unfortunately not uncommon for girls and women with autism to be misdiagnosed, mislabeled or ignored entirely. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often seen as a male-dominant condition. Adolescent boys are still four times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls with symptoms of similar severity. There is however some level of […]

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