Brain Health News

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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

3/11/2014
Preschoolers Beat College Kids at Figuring Out Gadgets

Researchers say the very young take more flexible approach to problem-solving

3/10/2014
'Senior Moments' Don't Seem to Lead to Dementia for Most

Study reassuring for people with 'mild cognitive impairment,' experts say

3/10/2014
Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's

Scientists who tested seniors say the results detected almost all of those who would develop problems

3/6/2014
NIH Launches 'Nerve Stimulation' Trial to Ease Tinnitus

Agency is seeking patients suffering from chronic 'ringing in the ears'

3/5/2014
Twins Study May Give Some Insight Into Alzheimer's

Research suggests genes play key role in each person's susceptibility to the disease

3/4/2014
Vets' Brain Damage From Blasts Not Always Apparent: Study

But scans might reveal symptomless war injuries

2/28/2014
Poor Sleep in Gulf War Vets May Be Tied to Brain Changes

Researchers say problem seems to be linked with less gray matter, which controls memory, thinking

2/28/2014
Insomniacs' Brains May Work Differently

Small study suggests more 'plasticity' might keep active brains too busy at night

2/26/2014
Quick Vision Test May Help Spot Concussions on Sidelines

Combined with two other simple screenings, all cases of head injury were caught, researchers report

2/21/2014
'Heading' Soccer Ball Can Damage Brain, Study Says

Researchers urge more study of long-term effects on thinking, memory

2/21/2014
Monkey Research Shows How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help the Brain

Scientists found it boosted development of complex networks involved in thinking

2/21/2014
Do You Often Recall Dreams? Your Brain Might Be More Active

In French brain-scan study, 'high recallers' remembered dreams five mornings per week

2/20/2014
Voice Cues Prompt Similar Brain Response in Dogs, People: Study

That might explain why pooches are such good friends to humans, researchers say

2/20/2014
Iron Deficiency May Raise Stroke Risk

Study found lack of key mineral can make blood 'stickier' and more likely to clot

2/20/2014
When Jazz Musicians Improvise, So Do Their Brains

MRI scans showed high activity in brain areas that usually interpret sentence structure

2/18/2014
Training Videos Seem to Boost Brain Activity: Study

Stroke patients, others who must relearn motor skills might benefit from findings, researchers say

2/17/2014
Football Helmets Not Much Protection Against Hits to Side of the Head: Study

Only reduced chances of brain injury by 20 percent in crash test dummy trial

2/14/2014
Can High Altitudes Protect Football Players From Concussions?

Study found NFLers were a third less likely to suffer head injuries during high-altitude games

2/14/2014
Can Vitamin C Ward Off Stroke?

Researchers can't say for sure, but brain bleeds were more common among those with low levels of the vitamin

2/13/2014
Few Americans Get Recommended Emergency Stroke Care

However, most live within an hour of hospital that can give proper treatment, study finds

2/13/2014
Could Infections Harm Memory in Older Adults?

Early study found connection between exposure to microbes, poorer scores on mental-ability tests

2/13/2014
Video Games Might Help People With Dyslexia Learn to Read, Study Suggests

Sights, sounds may prove a distraction, researchers say

2/12/2014
Selective Breeding of Dogs Can Cause Harm

British researchers say dogs bred for size can have malformed brains and skulls

2/12/2014
Having 2 Parents With Alzheimer's May Raise Risk of Early Brain Changes

Small study found these people had more beta-amyloid deposits, less gray matter

2/12/2014
Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids

The brain attacks are rare in children, experts note, and study found vaccines may offer some protection

2/12/2014
Newly Discovered Gene May Shed Light on Certain Brain Disorders

Research might reveal how thickness of cerebral cortex is linked to autism, schizophrenia

2/6/2014
Brain Study Explores 'Inner World' of Autism

Children with the condition had busier brains at rest, scans showed

2/6/2014
Infants' Response to Talking Faces May Be Clue to Autism

Researchers found 6-month-olds who shifted their gaze away were more likely to develop disorder

2/5/2014
Amputee 'Feels' Objects With Prosthetic Hand

Computer-assisted technology provides his first sense of touch in almost 10 years

2/4/2014
Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol May Not Boost Brain Health for Diabetics

Study found no effect, but longer-term trials may be needed to see a benefit, experts add

1/30/2014
How Your Brain 'Hears' Speech

It picks up 'acoustic signatures,' not specific sounds of letters as previously thought

1/30/2014
Aspirin Might Help Treat Brain Tumor Tied to Hearing Loss

Study found the drug slowed growth of noncancerous acoustic neuromas

1/28/2014
Hearing Loss Tied to Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age

Follow-up studies needed to show whether treating hearing problems could delay mental decline, experts say

1/28/2014
Amnesia Patient's Brain Helps Illuminate How Memory Works

Researchers based 3-D model on man who lived 55 years with condition

1/27/2014
DDT Exposure May Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Researchers say those with the disease had 4 times higher blood levels of byproduct of banned pesticide

1/26/2014
It's Not Just Anniversaries: Men Are the More Forgetful Sex

Survey of 48,000 people suggests women's memories tend to be sharper

1/22/2014
Vitamin D Levels Linked to Parkinson's Symptoms

Better thinking, mood associated with higher levels, study finds

1/22/2014
2 Alzheimer's Drugs Found Ineffective in Clinical Trials

Dashing hopes, bapineuzumab and solanezumab did not improve patients' ability to think or perform daily activities

1/22/2014
Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

Study found women who ate the most omega-3s had greater brain volume

1/20/2014
Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

But whether MS patients should take supplements is subject of debate