Brain Health News

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10/3/2013
Literature Lovers May 'Read' Other People Better

Study measured empathy in readers of literary and popular fiction, nonfiction

10/2/2013
Long Periods of Delirium in ICU May Raise Risk of Mental Impairment

Study found these patients suffered problems similar to those seen with brain injuries, early Alzheimer's

10/2/2013
Depression May Sometimes Foreshadow Parkinson's Diagnosis

Study from Taiwan found strongest connection among older adults with tough-to-treat cases

10/1/2013
Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

But even with new study, jury's still out on safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs

9/30/2013
Aging Brain May Have More Trouble With Financial Decisions: Study

Older people also tend to tolerate less financial risk, research suggests

9/30/2013
Shape, Size of Wine Glass May Skew How Much You Pour

Width and location of the glass, color of the wine all seem to matter, researchers say

9/30/2013
Many More Kids Visiting ER for Sports Concussions, Study Finds

Better awareness of traumatic brain injury may be reason, experts say

9/29/2013
Why Ballet Dancers Can Spin Without Getting Dizzy

Study found years of training suppressed signals of imbalance; findings could help those with chronic dizziness

9/27/2013
Fine Muscle Control May Continue Developing Into Teen Years

New finding paves way for improved therapy for kids with neurological disorders, researchers say

9/27/2013
Scientists Gain Genetic Insight Into Alzheimer's Disease

Study of mice builds on landmark findings from 1990s, researcher says

9/27/2013
Aging May Not Dull Decision-Making Skills, Study Finds

Accumulated knowledge helped seniors outperform young adults when faced with economic choices

9/25/2013
Study Questions Fish Oil Brain Claims

Higher levels of omega-3 didn't boost thinking, memory test scores

9/25/2013
Brain Scans Show Why Psychopaths Don't Feel Your Pain

Images revealed much different reaction to thoughts of their own pain versus that of others

9/24/2013
New Tool May Help Identify Deadly Brain Bleed

Goal is to help ER doctors make accurate diagnosis

9/24/2013
Concussion Symptoms May Not Differ in Teen, Young Adult Athletes

But study authors say recovery period might vary

9/23/2013
Can Afternoon Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Better?

Rest time boosts a child's memory, small study suggests

9/20/2013
Carbonation May Help Artificially Sweetened Soda 'Trick' the Brain

Study unclear whether this helps or hinders people trying to lose weight

9/19/2013
Imaging Provides New Insights Into Schizophrenia

Findings suggest white matter abnormalities are complex, researcher says

9/18/2013
Fluorescent Scans May Have Potential to Track Alzheimer's Progression

Doctors would gain ability to monitor ongoing brain changes, study suggests

9/17/2013
Tamoxifen's Mental Side Effects Are Real, Study Shows

But researchers also found drug that may counteract problem from breast cancer treatment

9/16/2013
1 in 5 High School Seniors Binge Drinks: Study

'Extreme' binge drinking levels remain steady, while bingeing has declined, researchers say

9/14/2013
Loved Ones Stay Attuned to Spouse's Emotions, Study Says

But reading facial expressions may become more difficult with age

9/13/2013
Bilinguals Increase Their Mental Flexibility, Study Finds

Switching languages constantly appears to strengthen brain muscle, researchers say

9/12/2013
Righty or Lefty? It's Largely Genetic, Study Suggests

Work with developing embryos provides new information

9/12/2013
Alzheimer's May Vary, Brain to Brain

Differences in signs, symptoms could be related to 'beta-amyloid fibrils' responsible for plaque, study hints

9/11/2013
'Love Hormone' May Affect Social Connections

Study shows oxytocin alters brain activity in mice; findings support ongoing trials in people with autism

9/11/2013
Racial and Ethnic Differences Seen in Survival, Care Needs With Certain Strokes

Hispanic patients had lowest death rates after subarachnoid stroke, study found

9/10/2013
Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects in Study

Overall risk of problems like spina bifida called low, but experts advise women to discuss prescription opioid use with doctor

9/9/2013
Scientists Shed New Light on Cerebral Palsy, Early Infant Death

Birth defects, poor fetal growth appear to be primary risk factors, study finds

9/6/2013
With Insomnia, Mind May Also Wander During Day

Scans show that brain fails to turn off 'default' mode, affecting daytime concentration

9/5/2013
Mediterranean Diet May Be Good for the Brain

Review looked at effects of eating plenty of olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish

9/4/2013
Video Game May Erase Effects of Aging on the Brain

Seniors who played a game designed by neuroscientists for a month multitasked as well as younger players

9/3/2013
Sleep May Aid in Brain Repair, Mouse Study Finds

Meanwhile, sleep deprivation appeared to harm brain cells

8/29/2013
Urine Test May Show Risk of Mental Decline in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Samples consistently containing protein tied to slowed information processing among older adults

8/29/2013
Facebook Use Linked to Brain's Reward Center

The nucleus accumbens is more strongly activated by positive social feedback, small study finds

8/29/2013
Poverty May Tax Thinking Skills

Study found that mental energy needed to survive left poor with less ability to make good financial decisions

8/28/2013
Humans Hardwired to Feel Others' Pain, Study Finds

This ability is likely an evolutionary adaptation, researcher says

8/28/2013
Migraines Linked to Changes in Brain Structure

MRI findings in study should not cause concern to patients, experts say

8/28/2013
Brain Protein Is a Key to 'Senior Moments,' Study Finds

Age-related forgetfulness is caused by protein deficiency, scientists studying humans and mice say

8/28/2013
Scientists Grow 'Model Brain' From Stem Cells

The tiny 'organoids' have many of the same tissues as nine-week-old fetal brains

8/28/2013
Brain Size May Yield Clues to Anorexia

Areas that control sense of fullness, perception of body size are unusually large, study finds

8/23/2013
Some Video Games May Boost Brain's Flexibility, Study Finds

Real-time strategy games hone ability to think on the fly, says researcher

8/23/2013
Brain May Recover From Concussion by Compensating

Study found increased brain activity in teen football players weeks after injury

8/22/2013
Women Smokers Face Increased Risk of Lethal Stroke: Review

Hemorrhagic, or bleeding, stroke odds 17 percent higher than for men who smoke

8/22/2013
Ultra-Early Treatment Reduces Disability After Stroke: Study

Administering clot-busting drugs within 90 minutes of mild stroke boosts odds for recovery, experts say

8/22/2013
CDC Frees Up Drug That Fights Brain-Eating Amoeba

2 U.S. children have recently been infected and made severely ill with amoeba found in freshwater

8/21/2013
Brain-Damaged Athletes May Show Mood or Thinking Impairments First

Study adds to understanding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

8/19/2013
Copper in Environment May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

Researchers looked at effect of common mineral on mice, human brain cells

8/19/2013
Brain Lesions More Common in High-Altitude Pilots, Study Finds

Results could also apply to deep-sea divers, mountain climbers

8/17/2013
Messy Office a Fertile Ground for Creative Mind: Study

Neat desk tied to positive behaviors, but untidy workspace may encourage thinking 'outside the box'