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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

'Bilingual Babies' Can Tell Languages Apart

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

Those Childhood Piano Lessons Should Start Early

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

Deep Brain Stimulation May Help in Early Stages of Parkinson's

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

Electrical Brain Stimulation Plus Drug Fights Depression: Study

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

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

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

A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power

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

Most U.S. Soldiers May Suffer From Sleep Problems

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

Some Parkinson's Patients Discover an Artistic Side

Cases suggest prescribed medicine may help unleash creativity

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

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

PET Scans Helpful, But Not Definitive for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

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

Drivers Who Multitask Often Overestimate Their Skills

Those who do it most are least capable, study suggests

Signs of Brain Damage Show Up in Scans of Living, Retired NFL Players

The small study isn't definitive, but hope is the findings could one day help prevent devastating injuries

Hearing Loss May Hasten Mental Decline

Study found seniors who struggled with hearing had earlier problems with thinking skills

Multiple Concussions Could Up Depression Risk in Former NFL Players

Small studies found more psychological symptoms, brain changes in older ex-athletes with head trauma

Autism Researchers Surprised by Impaired Brain Connections

Study upends common beliefs, they say

Got Nobel? Milk-Guzzling Countries Win More of the Esteemed Prizes

Finding may be associated with a brain boost from vitamin D -- or strong educational systems

Early Ovary Removal May Be Tied to Lapses in Memory, Thinking

The younger the surgical menopause patient, the more brain decline, preliminary research shows

Pot Use-Low IQ Link Challenged in Study

New report suggests poverty plays a role, and may have thrown off results of first study

Humans and Birds May Have Music in Common

Mating sparrows respond to birdsong like people do to favorite tunes, a brain study found

Research Reveals Which Learning Methods Get an 'A'

Flash cards, pre-test quizzing work best, highlighting and rereading don't make the grade

More Focused Radiation Treatment May Work Better Against Brain Tumors

Study found similar results in preventing recurrence, but with less impact on mental function

Texts, Other Distractions Tied to Errors at Work

In certain jobs, these distractions can have disastrous results, study says

NFL's Seau Had Brain Trauma at Time of Suicide, Report Finds

Not the first pro football player with chronic traumatic encephalopathy to kill himself, neurologist notes

Boredom at Work Can Spur Creativity, Studies Find

More research needed to see if that creativity is channeled toward job or not, study author notes

Lifetime of Speaking a 2nd Language May Boost Aging Brain

Seniors who were bilingual since childhood showed quicker thinking skills than others in study

Do Babies Begin Learning Language in the Womb?

Study suggests process starts in last 10 weeks of pregnancy

Meds May Spur Compulsive Behaviors in Some Parkinson's Patients: Study

Some indulge in gambling or other troublesome activities, but research suggests drugs are cause

Common Blood Pressure Drugs Might Lower Dementia Risk

Older men on beta blockers were less likely to have brain abnormalities in study

Brain Changes Found in Small Study of Former NFL Players

White matter damage could be at the root of mental deficits among retired players, researcher says

Color of Your Cup Might Influence Drink's Taste

Serving hot chocolate in an orange or cream-colored cup will make it more enticing, study found

Menopause Can Bring Lapses in Memory, Thinking, Study Finds

Challenges may be worse in the first year after menstrual periods stop, researchers report

Brain Injury Doesn't Raise Dementia Risk for Most: Study

But likelihood of re-injury does increase

Study Tracks Kids' Brain Activity While Watching 'Sesame Street'

Children whose scans seemed most like those of adults did better on tests, researchers say

Genes Changes Seen in Alzheimer's Can Be Found in Infancy: Study

Prenatal brain development may influence psychiatric risk later in life, researchers say

Are Rhesus Monkeys Musically Challenged?

Unlike humans, they're unable to detect a beat, study says

Brain Scans Might Help Spot Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Study looked for reduced response to pictures of facial expressions

What Causes Hot Flashes? Rat Study Gives New Clues

Specific set of neurons in brain may be culprit, researchers find

Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Children's Brain Disorder

Treatment targets chemical that wreaks havoc on nerve cells in kids with Canavan disease

Survival Tripled for Hospitalized U.S. Kids With Cardiac Arrest

Study suggests better resuscitation methods made difference

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Hand Could Be Breakthrough

Woman paralyzed 13 years from neck down can now move hand without computer assistance

Heavy Drinking, Pot Use Tied to Teen Brain Changes

Study found differences in brain's 'information highway,' researcher says

Less Mental Decline Seen in Older Blacks Who Went Hungry as Kids

Reason for possible protective effect is unclear, researchers say

Mind Wandering Drives Up Crash Rate

Distracting thoughts account for significant proportion of collisions, study says

Study Questions Standard of Care for Head Trauma

CT scans, neurological exams worked as well as invasive intracranial pressure monitoring, researchers say

Can Nature Nurture the Mind as Well as the Soul?

Study suggests a boost in creativity, but outside experts are more cautious

Gene Study Uncovers More Autism Clues

Scientists spot nearly 100 genes linking the disorder with inherited fragile X syndrome

Brain Changes Continue After Child's Concussion: Study

Whether this represents a prolonged recovery or permanent damage is unclear