Brain Health News

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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

7/11/2014
Brains of Sex Addicts May Be Wired Like Those of Drug Addicts, Study Finds

Porn triggered activity in brain centers also tied to drug addiction responses, researcher says

7/10/2014
Like Humans, Chimps' Smarts May Rely on Genes

DNA seems more important than upbringing or gender when it comes to intelligence, study found

7/4/2014
Headbanging to Heavy Metal Music Linked To Man's Brain Bleed

Practice is occasionally implicated in whiplash, blood vessel tears, researchers noted

7/3/2014
Researchers Discover How 'Magic Mushrooms' Affect the Brain

MRIs showed brain activity that mirrored what's seen in a dream-like state

6/27/2014
Gluten-Free Diet May Lift the 'Fog' of Celiac Patients, Study Says

Scores on attention, memory tests improved after one year

6/25/2014
Veterans With Brain Injury May Be at Risk for Dementia: Study

They were 60 percent more likely to develop disease, and to develop it earlier, researchers say

6/23/2014
Lifetime of Learning Might Thwart Dementia, Study Suggests

Even taking up intellectual pursuits in mid-life appears to aid the brain

6/20/2014
Hypnosis May Help Improve Deep Sleep

Study finds that those highly suggestible to hypnosis can have deeper sleep after hypnotic suggestion

6/19/2014
Head Injuries Tied to Higher Migraine Risk for Veterans

Blast wounds and wartime stress are both known to increase headache risk, study authors say

6/19/2014
Mouse Study Supports Notion of 'Tanning Addiction'

'Feel-good' hormones respond to daily UV light exposure, researchers find

6/17/2014
Anxiety May Affect Kids' Brains

MRIs show larger 'fear center' in those who are more anxious

6/16/2014
Mom's Epilepsy Drugs Appear Safe in Breast Milk

Babies' brains and IQs don't seem to be affected by mother's medication, study finds

6/16/2014
Study: Similar Outcomes From Combat Head Injuries, Regardless of Cause

Researchers looked at blast- and nonblast-related trauma in Iraq-Afghanistan veterans

6/12/2014
MRI Technique May Help Detect Parkinson's Earlier

Larger research trials needed to confirm study's encouraging findings, experts say

6/11/2014
Good Heart Health May Keep Your Mind Sharp, Too

Poor heart health linked to mental impairment: study

6/11/2014
Levodopa May Beat Newer Meds for Long-Term Parkinson's Care: Study

Largest such trial finds the older drug 'edging out' others, but treatment is made on case-by-case basis

6/10/2014
Scans Show Even 'Late' Preemies Have Brain Differences

Finding underscores fact that not only early preemies show developmental deficits

6/6/2014
Could Fitter Kids Be Smarter Kids, Too?

Children who are physically fit might do better with reading, language skills, researchers report

6/5/2014
Study Supports Durability of Parkinson's Treatment

Transplanted brain neurons appear to remain healthy for up to 14 years, research shows

6/4/2014
Pot Isn't Harmless, Top U.S. Health Official Says

Addiction, brain changes in young users are proven concerns, according to head of National Institute on Drug Abuse

6/4/2014
Blood Pressure History May Affect Brain Function in Old Age

Age at which you develop hypertension is key to understanding risk for memory problems, study suggests

6/3/2014
Scents May Sway Your Sense of Beauty

Small study found women seemed prettier when pleasant odors were near

6/3/2014
Anti-Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Mice Study

Researchers hope to prevent disease onset by starting treatment in middle age