Brain Health News

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11/6/2013
Speaking Two Languages May Delay Dementia Symptoms

Study of case records found it staved off signs of the disease by more than four years

11/5/2013
Childhood Music Lessons May Offer Lifelong Benefits

Long-lasting effect on brain seen in response to speech

11/5/2013
Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

Activity in certain regions suggests why they're less able to prepare for pain or respond to pain relief

11/1/2013
New Drug Shows Early Promise in Treating Parkinson's Psychosis

Pimavanserin may have fewer side effects than current therapy, study suggests

10/31/2013
Wag the Dog? Pooches Pay Heed to Tails' Direction

They're anxious in response to left-wagging peers, relaxed when others' tails go right, study finds

10/31/2013
Babies Work Specific Brain Areas to Imitate People

Study mapped their brain response while copying adults playing with toys

10/30/2013
Can Hearing Music in the Womb Boost Babies' Brain Development?

Study showed the effects of the learning was still apparent at 4 months of age

10/30/2013
Young Athletes' Concussions Often Unreported: Report

Helmets provide no protection from these serious head injuries, experts say

10/29/2013
Poverty May Harm a Child's Brain Development, Study Suggests

As stressors rose, key structures tied to memory shrank in size, researchers found

10/25/2013
Kids With Head Injuries May Be Prone to Depression

Study found they were more likely to be diagnosed with mood disorder, but reason for link is unclear

10/23/2013
Lower Blood Sugar Levels May Aid Memory, Study Suggests

Blood glucose levels on the higher end of the normal range linked to poorer results on memory test

10/23/2013
New Research May Help Spare Patients 'Accidental Awareness' During Surgery

Study found certain type of brain activity signals the brain has gone 'to sleep'

10/22/2013
Vets With Gulf War Syndrome Show Brain Changes, Study Finds

Working memory was slower in people with the condition

10/22/2013
Learning Challenging Skills Tied to Better Memory in Seniors

Taking up an activity such as digital photography appears to give a boost to aging brains

10/22/2013
Kids Who Exercise More May Get Better Grades

U.K. study looked at math, science and English performance

10/18/2013
Stutterers Show Different Brain Development, Study Says

Less gray matter seen in areas responsible for speech

10/18/2013
Occupational Hazard for Teachers?

Researchers link speech and language disorders with the profession

10/17/2013
NFL Veterans Show 'Abnormalities' in Brain Activity: Study

Ex-players who had been sent off the field most for head injuries were especially affected, researchers said

10/17/2013
Sleep May Be Brain's 'Cleaning' Time, Mouse Study Suggests

Is waste-removal system at work during slumber?

10/16/2013
Gene Mutation May Double Rate of Brain Tissue Lost to Alzheimer's

1 percent of people carry DNA that quickens disease's destructive path, researchers say

10/16/2013
Link Seen Between Hardening of Arteries, Alzheimer's Plaques

Study of patients in their 80s looked at plaque deposits in their brains

10/15/2013
Snubbed? Brain Chemicals Might Comfort You

Study finds that opioids are released in times of social distress

10/14/2013
Single Gene May Predict Mental Decline After Heart Surgery

Preliminary study suggests blood test could help doctors assess patient's risk

10/10/2013
Elephants Understand Pointing, Research Shows

'Cognitively much more like us than has been realized,' expert says

10/9/2013
Even Minor Strokes May Take Years Off Life, Study Says

Prevention is crucial, neurologists agree

10/8/2013
A Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer's?

Study doesn't prove cause and effect, but researchers note that bacteria travels easily from mouth to brain

10/7/2013
Einstein's Brain More 'Connected' Than Other Folks', Study Reveals

Right, left halves of his brain found to have wider network of nerve fibers crossing between them

10/3/2013
Missing Genes May Be Tied to Development of Autism: Study

Gene deletions, having only 1 copy of a gene instead of 2, may alter activity of brain neurons, researchers say

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