Dr. Simon Evans is a research scientist at the University of Michigan studying the role of diet in mental health. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the UM. He seeks to understand how dietary approaches can help patients with mental health disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Sugar activates pleasure centers in your brain, which causes you to crave sweet foods. New research shows it goes beyond the taste buds to light up these brain circuits
With the ease of which we find food today, we may be robbing ourselves of the rewarding feelings that our ancestors used to get after the hunt. Research suggests that this may be a factor in modern ra...
The blood supply that feeds your brain is crucial for life-long brain fitness and mental health. A new study shows that small blood vessel disease may account for on third of dementia cases. One of th...
New studies suggest that we are more sensitive to spikes in blood sugar from high carbohydrate foods in the morning than we are later in the day. Timing is everything.
New brain research sheds light on old advice. Mix it up to keep your relationships lively. Couples that do new things together actually keep brain circuits active that are associated with young relati...
We are experiencing dramatic increases in lifespan. But that does not necessarily guarantee similar increases in healthspan or brainspan. Engaging in activities to keep our brains fit are especially i...
New research suggests that apples have the ability to save brain cells from death caused by oxidative stress.
Stress can damage a part of the brain involved in learning and memory, called the hippocampus. New studies provide clues into how that happens and what we can do to prevent it.
Older brains become more active when trying to get things done. The question is whether that activity if a good thing and improved performance or a bad thing and gets in the way. A new study shed's li...
With all the focus on health care coverage perhaps we should ask a different question. Why are we so sick in the first place? Maybe if the next president of the United States created some incentives f...
Santa has to keep his brain fit in order to remember all those kids names, where they live and what they want. How does he do it?
Everyone knows that high sugar drinks, like soda pop, are bad for your waistline. Now new data shows that these drinks may also be bad for your brain as well.
A new study shows that exercise is a good anti-depressant because it turns up specific growth factors in a part to the brain that control stress and mood.
A new study shows that higher neuroticism scores are associated with lower omega-3s and higher omega-6s in the blood of healthy adults.
A new study shows that beta carotene, a form of vitamin A is beneficial for cognitive health, helping memory and memory recall functions that typically decline during Alzheimer's disease.