Brain Health News

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8/26/2015
Mixed Findings on Pot's Effect on the Developing Brain

One of two new studies suggests marijuana use in teen years might be more harmful for males

8/24/2015
No Mental Benefits Seen for Elderly Who Stop Blood Pressure Meds

Prior research had suggested that the drugs might have negative effect on memory and thinking

8/21/2015
Preteen Football Tied to Brain Changes in Retired NFL Players: Study

Repeated blows to the head in youth may cause structural disruptions, researcher says

8/20/2015
Why the Aging Brain Is More Vulnerable to Alzheimer's

Toxic waste proteins aren't flushed as quickly from older brains, study finds

8/14/2015
Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Language Problems in Women

But study only found association between insulin resistance and test that hints at brain health

8/12/2015
Scientists May Have Found 'Marker' for Schizophrenia

Brain changes exist before mental illness is diagnosed, researchers say

8/10/2015
Some Babies May Pick Up 2nd Language More Easily

Research suggests a behavior called 'gaze shifting' may be key

8/10/2015
Music Therapy Might Help People With Epilepsy

By studying brain wave activity, researchers noticed differences in how patients reacted to tunes

8/6/2015
Kidney Problems Linked to Brain Disorders: Study

Reduced blood flow likely to blame, researcher suggests

8/5/2015
Poor Thinking Skills in Seniors Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke Risks

Common tie between disorders may be blood vessels, expert suggests

8/5/2015
Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them

Those who heard stories regularly showed more activity in areas linked to word meanings, imagination

8/3/2015
Head Injury Tied to Long-Term Attention Issues in Kids

Study says brief lapses in attention can persist, even if brain injury is mild

7/31/2015
Regular, Moderate Coffee Drinking Tied to Better Brain Health in Seniors

But those who upped daily intake actually had higher odds for a precursor to dementia, researchers say

7/28/2015
Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Linked by Common Risk Factors

Study finds diabetes, smoking and obesity also affect brain areas tied in memory

7/27/2015
Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life

Study found people who were very premature at birth were more likely to be socially withdrawn

7/27/2015
High Blood Sugar May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

Insulin resistance can inhibit signaling between brain cells and affect memory, study suggests

7/24/2015
Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes

Deadly organism prefers warmer waters, expert says

7/24/2015
High School Band Classes May Boost Teen Brains

Study suggests music instruction can help students do better in school

7/23/2015
Healthy Diet May Help Shield the Aging Brain

Older adults who ate better maintained problem-solving and planning skills, study finds

7/21/2015
Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's

Study can't prove cause and effect, but saw dip in odds for people taking drugs such as Actos and Avandia

7/21/2015
Minds of Older Women Fuzzier After General Anesthesia Than Men's

Post-surgical decline less evident in elderly males, study says

7/21/2015
Women Descend Into Alzheimer's at Twice the Speed of Men: Study

Investigators find gender differences in progression from mild cognitive impairment

7/20/2015
Loneliness May Fuel Mental Decline in Old Age

Slower deterioration seen in people with more satisfying relationships, researchers say

7/20/2015
Poverty May Hinder Kids' Brain Development, Study Says

Reduced gray matter, lower test scores reported for poor children

7/20/2015
Will Good Students Be Able to Sidestep Alzheimer's?

Better grades, complex jobs linked to a lower risk for dementia, research suggests

7/20/2015
Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

Study found people with blood sugar disorder were about 80 percent more likely to have memory troubles

7/20/2015
Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer's?

Very small study shows some promise, but much more research will be needed, experts say

7/17/2015
Magnetic Pulses to Brain May Ease Ringing in the Ears

Small study found it helped half of those with tinnitus

7/17/2015
Could That Before-Dinner Drink Make You Eat More?

In some people, alcohol causes the brain to focus on food aromas, study finds

7/16/2015
Screams Tap Into Brain's Fear Response

Certain sound frequencies alert mind to potential trouble, researchers say

7/15/2015
Human Brain Has Nearly Ideal Network of Connections, Research Shows

Findings may help identify the causes of brain diseases, new treatments for them

7/15/2015
Brain Changes Differ by Race With Alzheimer's Disease: Study

Blacks more likely to have additional dementia-related changes in their brains, researchers say

7/15/2015
Gene Linked to Alzheimer's May Affect Brain Early

People who carry APOEe4 variant show signs of protein buildup in brain, long before symptoms appear

7/15/2015
Antidepressant, Painkiller Combo May Raise Risk of Brain Bleed

Be cautious about taking both together, researcher says

7/14/2015
Why Concussion Recovery Takes Longer for Some Kids

Researchers believe damage to wiring provides explanation

7/14/2015
Meth, Coke Addiction May Affect Brains of Women More Than Men

It's not clear why past drug dependence is linked to less gray matter in female brains, researchers say

7/13/2015
Banning Soccer 'Headers' Won't Solve Concussion Problem: Study

Enforcing rules that limit aggressive body contact would be more effective, researcher says

7/8/2015
Exotic Squirrels Transmit Deadly Virus to Breeders in Germany, Study Finds

But the infection is unlikely to spread widely or from person-to-person, expert says

7/8/2015
Type 2 Diabetes May Damage Thinking Skills: Study

Test performance declined noticeably in just two years

7/7/2015
Brain Chemical Dopamine May Boost Risk-Taking in Healthy People

Study findings echo those of Parkinson's patients taking meds to increase dopamine levels

7/7/2015
Tiny Brain Lesions Linked to Raised Risk of Stroke Death

Even in those with no symptoms, small damaged areas were tied to greater odds of stroke, study finds

7/7/2015
Stroke Tied to Long-Term Mental Decline

Deterioration centers around ability to think, plan, study finds

7/6/2015
Some People Do Age Faster Than Others

At 38, the biology of some adults was 20 years older, study finds

7/4/2015
Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain

Interviews, brain scans of people who thought they might die in crash show impact lasts for years

6/30/2015
Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

Shrinkage seen in region where new memories are made

6/26/2015
School Coaches Often Ill-Equipped to Spot, Manage Concussions

Better education recommended, especially at youth and middle school levels

6/26/2015
Could Brain Scans Help Guide Treatment for OCD?

Small study suggests neural activity can point to patients who'll benefit most from psychotherapy

6/24/2015
Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer's Risk

Low score could be early warning sign for the disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, researchers report

6/18/2015
Technology May Help Surgeons Tell Brain Cancer From Healthy Tissue

Research shows promise; could be used in humans as soon as this summer, study author says

6/17/2015
Too Much 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical May Trigger Social Phobia

Serotonin finding conflicts with conventional wisdom, researchers say