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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 […]

Non-invasive stimulation of the brain strengthens memories and reduces forgetting in young and elderly adults

Episodic memory refers to the recollection of personal experiences that contain information on what has happened to you and where and when these events took place. This form of long-term memory displays the largest degree of age-related decline. Older adults, for example, have more difficulty recalling what they had for breakfast than do younger adults. […]

Sounding the Alarm for Children’s Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Increasingly, research confirming the negative effects of COVID-19 safety measures on the mental health of children and adolescents is emerging. A Canadian study looking at 2.5 million children and adolescents aged 3 to 17 years found that these children were experiencing increased psychological stress resulting in increased rates of substance use disorders and psychotic disorders. […]

Even Mild Covid May Change Your Brain

A large study published in Nature comparing brain scans from the same individuals before and after SARS-CoV-2 infection suggests that brain changes could be a lingering outcome of even mild COVID-19. Researchers at Oxford University reported that several months after study participants had SARS-CoV-2 infections, they had more grey matter loss, tissue abnormalities, and more […]

The omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are crucial for brain health through all stages of life

The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA contribute to many aspects of brain health, DHA provides structure to the membrane and is involved in signalling, connectivity between cells, and neurotransmitter production, among other important actions. EPA and DHA have some common functions and some distinctive ones. DHA is most often associated with brain development, […]