Brain Health News

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7/23/2013
Menthol May Boost Cigarettes' Addictive Properties: Study

And FDA says the chemical makes it easier for young people to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit

7/23/2013
Is 'Sex Addiction' for Real? Study Says Maybe Not

Brain scans failed to prove that highly sexed people have anything more than strong libidos

7/22/2013
Brain Wired Differently in Those With Autism: Study

More connections in regions linked to symptoms of disorder, researchers report

7/22/2013
Epilepsy Plus Mental Ills Linked to Premature Death, Study Says

Findings suggest need to monitor psychiatric disorders in seizure patients

7/19/2013
COPD Tied to Tiny Brain Bleeds, Study Finds

Likelihood increases with illness severity, researchers say

7/18/2013
Chimps, Orangutans May Have Pretty Good Memories

They demonstrated 3-year recall in study

7/17/2013
Memory Worries May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's

Although studies didn't prove connection, expert says concerns are worth mentioning to a doctor

7/16/2013
Scientists Detail Alzheimer's Progression, Step by Step

As researchers learn more, therapy might someday address brain changes much sooner

7/15/2013
Stroke Risk May Be Higher for Chinese People Than Whites

And they experience first strokes at younger ages, large study found

7/15/2013
Sleep Affects Concussion-Testing Results, Study Finds

Athletes with the least shuteye had lower baseline scores

7/15/2013
Concussion Prevention: Pass on Pricey Football Helmets, Study Suggests

Rule changes are what's needed to protect young athletes, expert says

7/15/2013
2 New Alzheimer's Drugs Show Promise in Early Studies

Experts caution that expectations are low in field littered with drug failures

7/14/2013
Sweet Tooth May Foretell of Binge Drinking, Brain Scans Show

Preference for alcohol, sugary water both show up in reward center; finding could aid future research

7/12/2013
Murderers' Minds Seem to Differ Depending on Type of Crime

Study compared mental illness, substance problems between impulsive and premeditated killers

7/12/2013
Mental Decline Seen Earlier When Epilepsy Present, Study Suggests

Seizures may hasten Alzheimer's and mild memory problems, researchers say

7/11/2013
Smoking Plus Heavy Drinking May Accelerate Mental Decline

For every 10 years of puffing and boozing, the brain ages the equivalent of 12 years, study says

7/11/2013
Today's 90-Somethings Seem Sharper Than Predecessors

Danish study compared mental abilities of seniors born in 1905 and 1915

7/10/2013
Extra Brain Fluid May Predict Autism Diagnosis: Study

But findings from small MRI review of infants need to be replicated by other researchers

7/9/2013
Irregular Bedtimes May Sap Kids' Brainpower

Study found that the longer children go to sleep at different times each night, the lower their scores on thinking tests

7/8/2013
Depressed Preschoolers Show Brain Changes, Scans Find

These differences could mark the start of a lifelong problem, researcher says

7/3/2013
Lifelong Reading, Hobbies Might Help Stave Off Dementia

Stimulating activities may encourage brain to adapt and create 'work-arounds,' study suggests

7/2/2013
IVF Tied to Small Risk of Mental Deficits in Children

Large Swedish study did not find higher risk for autism

7/2/2013
Brain Scans Suggest Marijuana May Squelch Motivation

Small study found lower dopamine levels in chronic users

7/2/2013
Growing Brain Aneurysms More Likely to Burst: Study

Smoking also increases risk of dangerous rupture, researchers say

6/27/2013
Magnetic Brain Stimulation Might Aid Stroke Recovery: Study

Small trial found patients had faster recovery of lost language, speech skills

6/26/2013
Drug Combo May Reduce Risk of Second Stroke: Study

After small or mini-stroke, aspirin plus Plavix tied to lower odds of another event

6/26/2013
Brain Scans Suggest 'Food Addiction' Might Be Real

Certain carbohydrates seemed to activate neurological centers focused on reward, study found

6/26/2013
Brain Injury May Raise Stroke Risk

Study of more than 1 million people found link but not cause and effect

6/26/2013
'Hyperconnectivity' Seen in Brains of Children With Autism

Findings suggest brain imaging could potentially speed diagnosis

6/26/2013
Fungus From Tainted Steroid Shots Migrated to Base of Brain, Study Shows

Once there, it could help spur the meningitis that killed 58 in last year's outbreak

6/25/2013
Teen Drinkers, Pot Smokers at Raised Risk of Concussion, Study Says

Risk is 3 to 5 times higher for substance users, researchers find

6/25/2013
ADHD May Be Tied to Longer-Lasting Head Injury, Study Says

Author says contact sports should be avoided; another expert disagrees

6/24/2013
HRT in Early 50s Has No Impact on Women's Memory, Thinking: Study

Review of hormone therapy didn't find risk or benefit to brain function

6/21/2013
Scientists Spot Brain's 'Impersonation Centers'

In study, certain regions were activated as people tried out new accents or mimicked the voices of others

6/21/2013
Quicker Infant Growth Tied to Higher IQ Later

But difference in scores was fairly small in study of full-term babies

6/20/2013
Scientists Map a Brain Down to Its Cells

New high-resolution, 3-D model could speed brain research, help doctors treat neurological diseases

6/19/2013
Scientists Use Brain Scans to 'Read' People's Emotions

Aided by a computer, researchers say they can identify how people are feeling

6/19/2013
Even 'Silent' Strokes Can Harm Memory, Thinking

Study found many older patients showed signs of damage, even without full-blown stroke diagnosis

6/18/2013
Concussion Damage Looks Much Like Early Alzheimer's: Study

Preliminary finding suggests mild brain injury triggers long-lasting abnormalities in white matter

6/17/2013
Kids With Autism May Find Human Voice Unpleasant

MRI shows weaker connection to brain's reward center in those who have high-functioning autism

6/14/2013
Are There 2 Types of Gulf War Illness?

Small study of veterans suggests that may be a possibility

6/14/2013
Video Gamers May Have Better Visual Recall

Study compared brain function of dedicated gamers to nongaming college students

6/13/2013
Deep Brain Stimulation Studied as Last-Ditch Obesity Treatment

No major side effects seen in 3 patients over nearly 3 years

6/12/2013
Scientists Find New Clues to Early Onset Alzheimer's

Too much plaque-building protein produced in people with certain genes, study finds

6/11/2013
Otzi the 'Iceman' May Have Had Brain Damage

Foul play suspected in death of 5,000-year-old mummy

6/11/2013
More Evidence Shows Breast-Feeding Helps Babies' Brains

MRI study showed increased growth in areas related to language, emotional function, motor skills

6/11/2013
Heading Soccer Balls Tied to Damaging Brain Changes

Doing it a lot may increase risk of memory problems in adult soccer players, study says

6/10/2013
Study: Low Blood Pressure May Weaken Brains of Some Heart Patients

Pressure that's too low -- or too high -- might damage brain cells, new research suggests

6/10/2013
Clumsiness in Some Elderly Tied to Brain Changes

Mental frame of reference shifts with age, researchers find

6/10/2013
Ingredient in New MS Drug Linked to Serious Brain Disease

Reports found four psoriasis patients who took similar drug developed rare but sometimes deadly condition