Brain Health News

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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'

8/16/2013
HIV Patients Get a Mental Lift From Exercise, Study Finds

Brain deficits half as likely in those who engaged in regular activity

8/16/2013
Hand Gestures May Help Kids Solve Problems

Children up to age 5 who gestured did better with shape-and-color sorting in study

8/16/2013
Kids With Autism Outperformed Others on Math Test, Study Found

Parents might be reassured by focusing on children's strengths, researcher says

8/15/2013
High-Fat Diets May Spur Overeating, Mouse Study Suggests

Chips are stacked against would-be healthy eaters, expert says

8/15/2013
Study Challenges Theory About Left Brain/Right Brain Behavior

MRI scans don't indicate that one hemisphere dominates or affects personality

8/14/2013
Depression in Diabetes Patients Linked to Dementia, Study Finds

Researchers say type 2 disease with depression associated with greater mental declines

8/13/2013
MRI Might Allow Earlier Diagnosis of Dyslexia: Study

Size of a structure in the brain appears to hold key to predicting, treating reading problems sooner

8/13/2013
Alzheimer's Research Takes a New Turn

Study suggests that gummed-up synapses -- not plaque -- may be at the root of aging brain diseases

8/12/2013
Famous Face Test May Spot Early Dementia

Researchers say inability to name icons like Einstein or Elvis might signal primary progressive aphasia

8/9/2013
Migraines Linked to Artery Networks in Brain

Imaging showed sufferers had differences in the structure of their blood vessels

8/9/2013
Quarterback's Death, NFL Study Split Over Brain Disorder

Autopsy shows former Michigan college player had CTE; Loyola study finds no evidence that NFL players are at greater risk

8/8/2013
Answers to Yes/No Questions Seen in Pupil Size: Study

Finding might help immobile patients communicate

8/8/2013
Quick Test May Help Prevent Hospital Delirium, Researchers Say

Once identified, these patients can receive preventive care

8/7/2013
Could Hot Cocoa Improve Brainpower in Seniors?

Small early study hints it might help, but author says it's too soon to recommend nightly cup

8/7/2013
Dolphins Remember for Decades, Study Finds

The unique 'signature' whistle that each dolphin uses appears to be recalled by others, even years later

8/6/2013
Red Night Light Better for Blue Mood: Animal Study

Symptoms of depression varied in hamsters depending on color of light exposure

8/2/2013
Teens' IQ Takes a Hit From Fighting, Study Finds

Loss of intelligence more severe for girls, researchers say

7/31/2013
Brain Chemistry Differs in Kids With Autism: Study

Over time, levels of chemical involved in connectivity differed from levels in children with other developmental delays

7/31/2013
New Clues About Hot Flashes and the Brain

Scientists say findings eventually may improve treatments

7/31/2013
Blood Pressure Swings Could Be Linked to Mental Decline: Study

Controlling fluctuations may help keep the mind sharp, experts say

7/30/2013
Meth Use Tied to Deadly Brain Infection in Mouse Study

A generally harmless fungus caused death in animals injected with methamphetamine, researchers say