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Scientists Spot Genes Tied to Success at School, College

But the effect of any one piece of DNA is very minor, so educational achievement is not set at birth

Word Tests at Age 2 Might Predict Gains for Kids With Autism, Study Finds

Toddlers' brain responses corresponded with later language, thinking and self-care skills

Apes Get Emotional When Choices Don't Pan Out

Primates pouted and threw tantrums in study

Kids With ADHD Less Able to Process Emotions During Sleep: Study

Brain regions that control 'emotional memories' are underactive, researchers find

Mental Ills in Kids With Epilepsy May Depend on Seizure Location

Psychiatric symptoms more common when brain's temporal lobe is involved, researchers find

People With Borderline Personality Disorder May Misinterpret Facial Emotions

In studies, patients sometimes saw anger in a 'neutral' face and reacted to that threat

Got an Itch? Mouse Study May Help Explain Why

Itch is a sensation distinct from others, such as pain, researchers say

Low Prenatal Iodine May Affect Child's Brain Development

Mothers with deficiency had kids with lower IQs and reading ability, researchers say

Having Both Migraines, Depression May Mean Smaller Brain

But it's unclear what the finding might mean for patients

Sleep Apnea in Seniors Tied to Alzheimer's in Study

Connection appeared strongest among thinner people, researcher says

Alcoholics Who Smoke May Face Early Brain Aging

Small study didn't find effect in former or never-smokers

Cellphone Use May Reveal Your 'Dominant Brain'

People with left-brain dominance tend to listen with right ear, and vice-versa, study finds

High-Frequency Noise Boosts Math Skills in Study

But the treatment isn't ready for prime time yet, expert says

Multiple Head Injuries Raise Soldiers' Suicide Risk, Study Finds

20 percent of those with two or more brain traumas had thoughts of killing themselves

Kids With Autism May Perceive Movement More Quickly

Researchers say this might lead to sensory overload

Even Low Levels of Lead Hamper Kindergartners' Reading Skills: Study

Some experts say no level of exposure is safe, push for zero tolerance from CDC

Brain Anatomy in Dyslexics Varies By Gender, Study Finds

Discovery suggests interventions for reading disability need to be tailored accordingly

Size of Frontal Lobes May Not Matter for Brain Power: Study

Networks linking many different regions most important for human intelligence, researchers say

Daily Gene Rhythms May Be Off in Depressed People

Study found 'clock' in brain was disrupted in autopsies of those who suffered mental disorder at time of death

Many Seniors Suffer Mental Decline in Silence: CDC

While 1 in 8 has memory problems and confusion, too few seek help

Scientists Explore Secrets of the Well-Hit Fastball

Human brain 'predicts' the path of objects hurtling toward it, researchers report

High Blood Sugar May Add to Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Brain scans suggest possible link between the two

Flame-Retardant Chemicals Could Be Toxic to Kids

Study tied exposure in womb to hyperactivity, lower IQ

'What's Bad for the Heart Also Bad for the Brain'

Smoking, diabetes, other things that harm physical health linked to poorer mental function, study says

Brain Wiring May Explain Unhealthy Obsession With Looks

Scans show abnormal circuitry in people who fixate on their flaws, real or imagined

Brain Differences Seen in Kids With Conduct Problems

Specifically, they reacted less to images of people in pain during study

Implanted Device May Predict Epilepsy Seizures, Study Suggests

Patients who don't respond to drugs might benefit, but larger trials needed

Video Game May Help Keep Aging Brains Sharp

Older gamers may gain more mentally than crossword puzzle solvers, study suggests

Girls With Autism May Need Different Treatments Than Boys

New studies highlight variations in symptoms, genetic makeup

Paralyzed Patient Moves Prosthetic Arm With Her Mind

Experimental robotic technology may someday help people with amputations as well, experts hope

Why Johnny Can't Add, Even After Tutoring

Brain structure may predict math improvement more than intelligence, study finds

Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia

Large study showed better retention of mental skills in seniors who had followed it

Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers say a more holistic approach to therapy would help patients and families

Psychopaths May Lack Capacity for Empathy

Brain imaging study compared prison inmates

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Temporarily Dull Nicotine Craving

Early study tested the noninvasive treatment on smokers

Study Explores the Cost of Creativity

Some people with laser focus may miss big-picture details, research suggests

Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

Study offers clues on causes of condition and how commonly prescribed meds work

Gene Studies Could Point to New Alzheimer's Treatments

Research focuses on changes in immune cell activity within the brain

Kids' Concussion Recovery Varies by Symptom Severity: Study

Identifying which factors lead to longer recoveries may improve treatment

Clenching Your Fist to Boost Your Memory?

Hand-to-brain link may spur mind activity, study suggests

Can You Feel Empathy for a Robot?

Researchers try to capture bond between humans, mechanical companions

Shrinkage of Brain Region May Signal Onset of Multiple Sclerosis

Study tied changes in thalamus to tell-tale MS sign

Scientists May Have Spotted Brain's 'Numbers Center'

They pinpointed the tiny area activated by viewing '1' but not 'one'

Alzheimer's Patients May Face Looming Shortage of Neurologists

Medicare payment system undervalues one-on-one evaluations by these specialists, experts say

Brain Changes Seen in Relatives of People With Alzheimer's

Study finding doesn't mean you'll get the disease if family members have it, experts stress

Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind: Study

Women urged to rethink early elective C-sections, inductions unless medically needed

Why Some Stroke Survivors Struggle With Communication

Efforts at language impaired when function has to shift to the right side of the brain, researchers say

Age of Autism Diagnosis May Depend on Symptoms: Study

Early identification essential to help kids reach their potential, researcher says

Mental Exercise May Help Keep Seniors Sharp

Even solving puzzles might stave off decline and memory loss, study hints

Beer's Taste May Trigger Urge to Get Drunk

Study found flavor alone activated brain's reward center; effect stronger with family history of alcoholism