Brain Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
9/12/2014
New Myelin Loss Linked to MS Severity: Study

Brain scans show gray matter damage associated with advanced form of disease

9/11/2014
Estrogen Receptor May Play a Role in Autism

Researchers find lower levels of key sex hormones in small study

9/11/2014
Obese People May Be More Vulnerable to Food Cues

Eating might be less rewarding and more habitual for them, research suggests

9/10/2014
Study: Rare Blood Type May Slightly Raise Dementia Risk

But lifestyle factors play a bigger role, experts say

9/9/2014
Small Study Hints Fish Oil Might Ease Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

People taking the low-dose omega-3 supplements had fewer monthly seizures, but more research is needed

9/3/2014
Poor Quality Sleep May Be Linked to Shrinking Brain

Study finds long-term losses in gray matter

9/2/2014
Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain

But researchers say exercise, education may help overcome deficiencies

9/1/2014
Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries

Study found program seemed to make low-cal fare an easy choice for a small group of overweight people

8/27/2014
Scientists 'Rewrite' Bad Memories in Mice

Manipulation of brain cells can switch negative emotions to positive ones, researchers say

8/27/2014
Study: Young Adults Who Had Depression Have 'Hyper-Connected' Brain Networks

Finding might help predict, prevent and treat the disorder, researchers say

8/26/2014
2 Cases Suggest Stem Cell Transplant Might Ease 'Stiff Person' Syndrome

Rare condition causes 'tin soldier' gait, uncontrolled muscle spasms, researchers say

8/26/2014
Hormone Might Help Preemies' Brains

But one expert says more evidence on EPO is needed

8/26/2014
'Sleep Drunkenness' Is Common and Linked to Other Behavior Issues

But condition remains poorly defined and little understood, researcher says

8/26/2014
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study

Rates of complications did not rise with age, researchers report

8/26/2014
Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA

Agency warns that no evidence supports claims of faster recovery from a head injury

8/26/2014
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study

Research suggests regular use of Wii accessory might rewire the brain

8/26/2014
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First

Needs of the developing human brain trump physical growth, research suggests

8/25/2014
Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests

Link may lie in impaired blood circulation to the brain, researchers say

8/25/2014
Start School Later for Older Kids, Pediatricians Urge

Opening bell should be no earlier than 8:30, says Academy of Pediatrics

8/22/2014
One Part of the Brain Doesn't Age, Study Suggests

Spatial attention skills don't seem to decline over time

8/21/2014
Kids With Autism Have Extra Brain Connections, Study Says

Too many of these 'synapses' could be a problem, but medicines might someday help prune them away

8/20/2014
Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells

Decline of these neurons occurs with aging, Alzheimer's, researchers say

8/20/2014
Health Tip: Strengthening Your Brain

Suggestions for seniors to stay sharp

8/19/2014
Fitness May Boost Kids' Brainpower

Study found fitter kids had different white matter, which helps brain regions communicate with each other

8/12/2014
Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Where Contextual Memories Are Made

Rat study may shed light on Alzheimer's in humans, scientists say

8/12/2014
Researchers Create Functional 3-D Brain-Like Tissue

Discovery allows for study of brain injuries and potential treatments

8/12/2014
Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence

Study hints at the importance of nutrition and a stimulating home environment

8/11/2014
Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions

High school injury reports support safer tackling efforts

8/8/2014
Older Adults Sharpest in the Morning, Study Finds

This might be best time of day to schedule mentally challenging tasks

8/6/2014
Researchers Closer to Test for Human Form of 'Mad Cow' Disease

New methods that test urine or nasal tissue samples appear promising: studies

8/5/2014
Clues to How Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Harms Child's Brain

Study may explain why attention, behavior problems persist in kids with fetal alcohol disorders

8/4/2014
High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?

Study shows a link, but it's unclear if medications in midlife will ward off dementia

8/1/2014
Hit TV Show or Not? Brainwaves May Tell

In study, a few viewers' brain activity corresponded to wider public's reactions to programming

7/30/2014
Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia

Researchers deem depression an independent risk factor for dementia

7/30/2014
Different Areas of Brain Affected in Autism, Sensory Disorders

Sophisticated brain scans show the two conditions are somewhat similar, but are also markedly different

7/30/2014
Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting

Study shows most common genetic link to obesity triggers activity in the brain's reward centers

7/30/2014
Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems

Researchers say long-term consequences are little-known

7/30/2014
Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?

Certain gene-based chemical changes seem to accompany suicidal behavior, study finds

7/29/2014
Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study

Scans reveal differences that might explain why transitions are difficult

7/29/2014
'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

Study found it boosted ability of certain patients to read facial expressions, nonverbal cues

7/25/2014
Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

Seniors scored worse on tests than young adults, study says

7/25/2014
Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration

The mind preserves oxygen to protect itself from the effects of too little fluid, research shows

7/22/2014
Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia

Suspect DNA often tied to neurological 'pathways' centered on brain cell communication, experts say

7/18/2014
Antipsychotics Linked to Lower Brain Volume in Schizophrenia Patients

But mental function, symptoms of illness were not worsened, researchers say

7/16/2014
Even Mild Concussion Can Cause Thinking, Memory Problems: Study

Finding suggests damage may be present even after obvious symptoms are gone

7/16/2014
Researchers Spot Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's

Abnormal levels of certain protein are more common in affected patients, study reports

7/15/2014
A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia

Older folks who began eating right, exercising did better on memory and problem-solving tests in study

7/15/2014
Alzheimer's Rate Falling in the United States, Studies Show

Improved heart health may be one reason for decline seen in some developed countries

7/15/2014
Omega-3s in Diet May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease

Study found strong association between higher intake and lower odds for ALS

7/14/2014
Babies' Brains Prep for Speech Long Before First Words Come Out

Scans found motor areas were activated when infants heard others talking, researchers report