Brain Health News

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4/3/2013
Is a Better Sleeping Pill on the Way?

New type of med may eliminate grogginess, other side effects, study suggests

4/2/2013
Obama Unveils Vast Brain-Mapping Project

10-year initiative, with $100 million funding in 2014, designed to lead to breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

4/1/2013
Mental, Physical Challenges May Help Seniors Stay Sharp, Study Says

Small steps, including stretching, watching educational DVDs, reaped rewards

3/28/2013
Researchers Test Implanted Brain Stimulator for Alzheimer's

They hope the device will restore some thinking ability and improve focus, attention

3/26/2013
Brain Differences Seen in People With Migraines

MRI study suggests changes occur in areas associated with pain

3/25/2013
Early Thinking Problems May Signal Future Dementia in Parkinson's Patients

But predictive value of finding still needs to be proved, expert says

3/22/2013
Reduced 'Fine-Tuning' of Brain May Hamper Face Recognition in Autism

Lack of this ability can prevent social interaction, study author says

3/21/2013
Acting Out Dreams During Sleep May Signal Dementia

Small study connects REM sleep behavior disorder with 'Lewy bodies' in brain

3/20/2013
Brain Circuitry Yields Clue to Autism, Researchers Say

At 7 months, study finds difference in eye tracking

3/18/2013
High Blood Pressure May Add to Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

People with a genetic mutation plus hypertension have more brain plaque, researchers find

3/15/2013
With Certain Strokes, Effects Can Persist a Decade Later

'Survivorship care plans' might help people cope with quality-of-life concerns, study suggests

3/15/2013
Incoherent Text Messages May Signal Stroke, Doctors Say

Case study describes man whose only clear symptom was not realizing his messages were garbled

3/14/2013
New Drugs May Offer Hope to Parkinson's Patients

Results are preliminary, but treatment could improve for millions with the disease, researcher says

3/13/2013
Hate Other People's Cellphone Calls? You're Not Alone

Study found working people were more distracted by one-sided versus two-sided conversations

3/13/2013
Don't Give ADHD Meds to Undiagnosed Kids, Experts Urge

Neurologists say some doctors are prescribing these drugs as a way to boost school performance

3/13/2013
Certain Men May Face Higher Risk of Brain Injury

Falls, assaults and traffic crashes most common causes in Swedish study

3/12/2013
Brain Imaging Detects Tiny Lesions Related to Mild Injury: Study

Findings could lead to new treatments, researcher says

3/12/2013
Accidental Awareness During Anesthesia Is Rare, Study Finds

U.K. researchers report only 1 case per 15,000 general anesthesia patients

3/12/2013
Single Concussion May Lead to Lasting Brain Damage

Small study found measurable MRI changes in single-concussion patients

3/11/2013
Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise, Study Finds

While not a 'wonder drug,' medication may help slow memory loss, researcher says

3/8/2013
Does Chewing Gum Give Your Brain an Edge?

In small study, people who were chewing had better recall of numbers

3/8/2013
Neurology Group Lists Procedures That May Be Unneeded

AAN asks doctors, patients to question procedures as part of Choosing Wisely campaign

3/7/2013
Human Brain Cells Used to Make Mice Smarter

Findings could advance research on conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, experts say

3/7/2013
Brain 'Pacemaker' May Help Ease Tough-to-Treat Anorexia

In very small study, deep brain stimulation helped women regain weight, curb problem behaviors

3/7/2013
Short-Term Exercise Might Boost Young People's Self-Control

Study findings, if confirmed, may have relevance for treating ADHD, autism

3/6/2013
Brain May Treat Wheelchair as Part of the Body

Study suggests that devices that aid the disabled become part of mind's eye

3/6/2013
Brain Scans May Explain Thinking, Memory Problems in Some MS Patients

Study found more damaged white matter in brains of those with mental decline

3/4/2013
Most Kids With Autism Overcome Language Delays, Study Finds

70 percent achieved 'phrase' or higher-level speech

2/28/2013
Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia

Study found children did better on reading tests after playing an action game

2/27/2013
Brain Connections Differ in Children With Autism

Study found more short-range connections, fewer long-range connections

2/25/2013
Scientists Pinpoint How Deep Brain Stimulation Eases OCD

MRI scans showed it normalized activity in areas of brain related to reward

2/24/2013
FDA Panel Backs Brain Stimulator for Epilepsy

Implantable device pre-empts seizures, device maker says

2/21/2013
FDA Panel to Consider Brain Stimulator for Epilepsy

Implantable device pre-empts seizures, device maker says

2/20/2013
High-Antioxidant Diet May Not Prevent Stroke, Dementia, Study Finds

Instead, the type of antioxidant-rich food you eat might be key, experts say

2/20/2013
Brains of Fetuses 'Build a Bridge' Between Regions, Images Show

Research might one day lead to better treatments for disorders such as ADHD, autism, scientists say

2/19/2013
Fluorescent Tracer 'Lights Up' Brain Tumor for Surgery

A bright pink glow showed the precise pathway a glioma took to spread through the brain

2/18/2013
Researchers Detect an Anti-Autism Advantage in Females

Findings may help explain disorder's prevalence among boys

2/18/2013
Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels in Brain May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Finding could point to new targets for treatment, prevention

2/18/2013
U.S. Plans Billion-Dollar Project to Study the Brain

Hope is the initiative will lead to breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

2/14/2013
'Bilingual Babies' Can Tell Languages Apart

Study found even 7-month-olds can start to learn both languages

2/14/2013
Those Childhood Piano Lessons Should Start Early

Research shows that musical training that begins before the age of 7 boosts motor skills

2/13/2013
Deep Brain Stimulation May Help in Early Stages of Parkinson's

Study finding suggests therapy could be useful for more than just advanced cases

2/6/2013
Electrical Brain Stimulation Plus Drug Fights Depression: Study

Combination of approaches appears to give the most relief, researchers say

2/6/2013
Scans Show Details of Damage to Soldiers With Head Injuries

Narrowed blood vessels and pressure in the brain need to be tracked and managed in these patients, expert says

2/4/2013
Review Finds No Evidence Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Are Infectious

Analysis of patients who received human growth hormone from cadavers saw no increased risk of brain diseases

2/4/2013
A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power

Positive feelings enhance decision-making and memory skills, study suggests

1/31/2013
Most U.S. Soldiers May Suffer From Sleep Problems

Those with depression, PTSD and pain are more at risk, study found

1/31/2013
Some Parkinson's Patients Discover an Artistic Side

Cases suggest prescribed medicine may help unleash creativity

1/28/2013
Scientists Complete 1st Map of 'Emotional Intelligence' in the Brain

Scans of injured Vietnam vets show overlap of these skills with general intelligence

1/28/2013
PET Scans Helpful, But Not Definitive for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

New guidelines address which patients might benefit from imaging test for brain plaque