Brain Health News

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4/29/2014
Altruism May Help Shield Teens From Depression: Study

Researchers monitored area of the brain tied to rewards, pleasure

4/29/2014
Japan Quake Shows How Stress Alters the Brain

Victims had shrinkage in certain regions, but some areas rebounded with emotional recovery, study finds

4/29/2014
Type 2 Diabetes May Shrink the Brain, Study Suggests

Loss of gray matter can lead to dementia, experts say

4/28/2014
Medical Marijuana May Ease Some MS Symptoms, Study Concludes

Finding applies only to pot in pill or spray form, neurologists say

4/28/2014
Laughter May Work Like Meditation in the Brain

Study monitored brain waves of people watching different types of videos

4/27/2014
Like Humans, Ravens Understand There's a Pecking Order

Study suggests the birds are smart enough to gauge another's status, even in other groups

4/24/2014
Cell-Targeted Therapy Shows Early Promise Against MS

Patients with relapsing-remitting form of the disease showed fewer brain lesions with ofatumumab

4/23/2014
People With More Education May Recover Better From Brain Injury

Study looked at adults hurt in motor vehicle crashes, falls

4/22/2014
Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

Saying no to surgery, radiation tied to better outcomes in study of abnormal brain connections

4/21/2014
Thinking, Memory Problems Tied to Blockages in Neck Artery

Researcher suggests more aggressive treatment might be warranted

4/21/2014
Adjusting Your Thermostat Might Improve Your Thinking

Study found people did better at mental tasks in rooms with preferred temperature

4/17/2014
Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football 'Hits'

Study found some players still showed brain changes 6 months after season had ended

4/16/2014
Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

Neural systems tied to gauging social cues appear 'over-connected' in children with the disorder

4/16/2014
Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

But the findings only show an association; they don't prove cause and effect, experts say

4/16/2014
Brain Scans Might Spot Potential for Recovery From Coma

Right now misdiagnosis is common, so a better technology is needed, experts say

4/15/2014
Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain

The brain regions are tied to motivation, emotion and reward, researchers say

4/11/2014
Time Spent With Grandkids Might Boost Women's Brain Power

But don't overdo it: Study found that too much babysitting was tied to mental decline

4/9/2014
Naps Enhance Learning for Young Children, Study Says

Preschoolers, infants performed better on language experiments after brief sleep

4/9/2014
Aerobic Exercise May Help Older Women at Risk for Dementia

Small study suggests regular walking increases hippocampus area of brain

4/8/2014
Just One Season of Hits in High School Football May Alter Brain: Study

Players did not have concussions, still showed changes in white matter

4/8/2014
Arsenic in Well Water Tied to Less Brain Power in U.S. Study

Researchers found students exposed to higher levels of the element had lower IQ test scores

4/8/2014
'Milestone' Therapy Produces Leg Movement in Paraplegics

Electrodes along spinal cord gave four men ability to flex toes, ankles and knees, but it's no cure, researchers report

4/4/2014
Driving Ability May Falter With Age in HIV-Positive Adults

Small study looked at mental skills, simulator testing

4/4/2014
Poor Sleep Tied to Mental Decline in Older Men

It isn't how long, but how well, people sleep that matters, study found

4/4/2014
Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement

'Use it or lose it' might apply to brainpower, study author says

4/3/2014
Spotting Cause of Newborn Brain Injury Could Aid Prevention, Report Says

Some cases of neonatal encephalopathy may be preventable

4/1/2014
Computer Program Spots 21 Distinct Facial Expressions

Identifying these universal expressions might help scientists better map emotions in brain

3/31/2014
More Research Links Poor Heart Health With Alzheimer's Risk

Brain plaque builds up as arteries stiffen, study suggests

3/31/2014
New Clues to Link Between MS Drug Tysabri and Rare Brain Disease

Researchers report drug mobilizes a kind of cell easily infected by a virus that can attack the brain

3/29/2014
Scientists Spot Brain's 'Off' Switch for Water Intake

MRI scans tracked neurological activity in non-thirsty people pressed to drink water

3/26/2014
Crows' Problem-Solving Skills Equal to Human 5-Year-Olds: Study

New Caledonian crows quickly figured out the cause-and-effect of water displacement

3/26/2014
More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy

Brain-tissue samples show differences linked to prenatal development

3/26/2014
Electrical Brain Stimulation Might Help Fibromyalgia Patients

Small French study saw improvement in people's mood, quality of life

3/26/2014
Mouse Study May Shed Light on Huntington's Disease

The hereditary brain disease can destroy patients' ability to walk, talk and swallow

3/26/2014
Jury Still Out on Routine Dementia Screening for Seniors

Panel says benefits unproven, but Alzheimer's experts say early detection is important

3/26/2014
Goats Aren't Dummies

Study finds they can learn complex tasks, remember them for a long time

3/20/2014
Your Sense of Smell May Be Keener Than Thought

Study suggests people can detect more than a trillion distinct odors

3/19/2014
Partial Skull Removal May Save Older Patients' Lives After Massive Stroke

But disability after surgery is often severe, study finds

3/19/2014
Diabetes in Middle Age May Cause Memory Problems Later

Study also found that high blood pressure has similar impact

3/19/2014
Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report

And those over 60 twice as likely to get the brain disease than breast cancer

3/19/2014
Human-Type Epilepsy Discovered in Sea Lions

Eating fish exposed to toxin-laden algae harms the animals' brains, study suggests

3/19/2014
Cholesterol Drug Might Help Slow MS Progression

Early study showed reduced brain shrinkage among multiple sclerosis patients given generic statin

3/18/2014
COPD May Damage Aging Brain

Study finds higher odds for mental decline without memory loss in patients with the lung disorder

3/17/2014
Too Many Unneeded Brain Scans for Headaches, Study Suggests

Routine use of imaging tests not recommended, but more docs ordering them anyway, researcher says

3/17/2014
Lower IQ, Worse Heart Fitness in Teens Linked to Risk of Early Dementia in Men

Swedish researchers followed a million men for more than 40 years

3/14/2014
Science Probes Secrets of 'Contagious Yawning'

People don't do it because they are empathizing with a yawner, study suggests

3/14/2014
Why It's Hard to Kick the Smoking Habit

Brain scans showed nicotine withdrawal weakens parts of the brain tied to ability to control cravings

3/13/2014
Blood Test Might Help Spot, Monitor Concussions

Study found levels of a protein linked with brain damage spiked right after injury, dropped with recovery

3/12/2014
Smokers' Brains Perk Up at Positive Cigarette Images: Study

Scans showed less response to negative images of habit's consequences

3/12/2014
Are You Musical or Tone Deaf? Genes May Be Key

But many factors likely play a role in Mozart-like musical genius, experts say