Brain Health News

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10/10/2012
Science Reveals Secrets of Hypnosis

MRIs show differences in brains of people who could or couldn't be put into a trance

10/9/2012
Gene Tied to Obesity, Depression, ADHD

Of more than 65,000 people screened in study, 5 had 'BDNF' deletion

10/8/2012
Experimental Drug May Limit Stroke Damage

Might even reduce brain lesions when given before stroke occurs, expert says, but findings are preliminary

10/8/2012
Alzheimer's Drug Shows Potential in Trials

Patients with mild disease who took solanezumab had slowing of mental decline

10/8/2012
Certain Eye Injuries in Kids May Indicate Child Abuse: Study

Retinal imaging could help doctors sort out accidents from purposeful injury

10/8/2012
Mouse Study Sheds New Light on How Memories Are Stored

Part of the brain keeps working through sleep and anesthesia to process information

10/5/2012
Clenched Hand May Prevent 'Choking' Under Pressure

For right-handed athletes, squeezing left hand might cause automatic motor skills to kick in, study says

10/5/2012
Study Links Low Vitamin D Levels to Worse MS Symptoms

But it's too soon to recommend supplements for multiple sclerosis patients, researcher says

10/5/2012
Same Part of Brain Recognizes Faces and Objects, Study Finds

Fusiform face area 'lit up' identically on MRI whether auto lovers looked at cars or people

10/4/2012
Researchers Map Vision in Brain

Study of brain structure may boost efforts to find ways to restore sight

10/4/2012
Aspirin May Help Preserve Brain Function in Older Women With Heart Disease

Swedish study found less decline in thinking ability for those on daily dose

10/3/2012
Could Hypertension in Pregnancy Harm Child's Thinking Skills for Decades?

Study found those whose mothers experienced high blood pressure scored lower on tests in their 70s

10/1/2012
Retina's Thickness May Be Tied to Severity of MS, Study Suggests

If true, it might be a useful tool to measure the effectiveness of treatments

9/28/2012
New Treatments May Help Restore Speech Lost to Aphasia

Loss of language skills can stem from stroke or other brain damage

9/28/2012
For New Mom With Aphasia, 'Giving Up Was Not an Option'

Intense therapy and strong motivation help Michigan woman regain ability to speak

9/27/2012
Poor Sense of Smell Linked to Personality Disorder

The sensory impairment is caused by dysfunction in the front part of the brain, researchers say

9/26/2012
Some Women's Brains Contain Male DNA: Study

Health implications are unclear, researchers say

9/26/2012
Using 'Gender-Specific' Objects to Identify Faces May Backfire

Visual cues such as high heels and shavers led to unexpected gender 'assignment' in study

9/25/2012
Working Out Cuts Women's Appetite, Study Finds

Regardless of weight, participants didn't consume more to 'make up' for calories burned

9/25/2012
Misdiagnosis Common for Rare Brain Disease: Study

Fatal 'sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease' is often mistaken for other degenerative conditions

9/24/2012
Brain Develops Longer in Womb for Humans Than Chimps

Growth levels off much sooner in non-human primates, study found

9/19/2012
Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy Seems to Harm Baby, Too

Newborns' brain development shows effects of mothers' exposure to passive smoke, researchers say

9/17/2012
Vitamin D in Pregnancy Critical for Brain Development, Study Says

Babies whose mothers had adequate levels appeared to do better on mental, motor tests

9/14/2012
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems

Nonsmokers regularly exposed to cigarette smoke forgot nearly 20 percent more in tests, study says

9/13/2012
'Mini-Strokes' May Be More Damaging Than Thought

15 percent of victims suffer serious disabilities but clot-busting drugs may help, research suggests

9/11/2012
Some Blood Pressure Drugs Might Help Slow Alzheimer's: Study

Fewer telltale brain plaques found in patients on angiotensin receptor blockers

9/10/2012
Heavy Drinking Linked to Earlier Stroke

Brain bleeding occurred about 14 years sooner among big boozers, study finds

9/7/2012
'Chemo Brain' After Breast Cancer Backed by Study

Women's symptoms were typically mild, review found, and strategies exist to manage them

9/6/2012
Does Studying for Law School Test Boost Your Brain?

Researchers found structural differences after people crammed for rigorous exam

9/5/2012
Ex-NFL Players at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's, ALS: Study

But study was small, and safety has improved over time, experts note

9/4/2012
Combat Stress Linked to Brain Changes in Study

Some problems resolve with time, but others persist, researchers say

9/4/2012
Seniors' Creativity Can Thrive Despite Dementia

Programs seek to inspire artistry, reduce isolation in these older adults

9/4/2012
Even 'High-Normal' Blood Sugar Tied to Brain Shrinkage

Scans show memory, thinking regions shrank in those at high end of 'normal' range; more study needed

9/3/2012
Obesity Might Lower Teens' Thinking Skills, Study Suggests

Those with cluster of symptoms did worse on tests, showed brain changes on MRI

8/31/2012
Women's Brains React Differently Than Men's to Alcoholism, Study Finds

Brain's white matter recovers more slowly in men, scans show

8/30/2012
Brain Bleeds More Common in Smokers, Research Shows

Quitting reduces risk of burst aneurysm, but less so for pack-a-day folks, study finds

8/29/2012
Discovery May Improve Diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Markers in cerebrospinal fluid might help distinguish different forms of neurological disease, study finds

8/29/2012
Mental Skills Decline More Sharply for Women With Alzheimer's: Study

Even verbal ability deteriorates more than for men, researchers say

8/29/2012
Scientists ID 'Happy' Gene in Women

One version of the 'MAOA' gene may boost levels of feel-good chemicals in brain

8/28/2012
Chronic Cough Responds to Epilepsy Drug, Study Finds

But expert contends few patients really need it

8/27/2012
Heavy Marijuana Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ Later

Study found those who smoked in adolescence lost roughly 8 points on IQ tests

8/27/2012
You Can Learn While You Sleep, Study Suggests

Participants reacted to information given as they slept, after waking

8/24/2012
Alzheimer's Drug Shows Some Promise in Trials

Subgroup of patients with mild disease showed slowing of mental decline

8/24/2012
Research Pinpoints Brain's 'Gullibility' Center

Changes in this region could explain why seniors, children are less doubting

8/23/2012
Tap Water Used in Neti Pots Tied to Rare, Fatal Brain Infection

Boiled or filtered water safer for preparation, expert says

8/23/2012
Study of Brain-Injured Man Sheds Light on Self-Awareness

Sense of self not confined to specific region, as previously thought

8/21/2012
Study Casts Doubt on Link Between MS and Vein Trouble

Researchers say compromised blood flow is not a cause of the disease

8/20/2012
Obesity in Middle Age Tied to More Rapid Mental Decline: Study

'Fat and fit' concept may not apply to brain function, research suggests

8/20/2012
Black Belts' Punching Power Linked to Their Brain Structure

Brain scans show how coordinated movements can boost strength of martial arts experts

8/20/2012
Anesthesia Before Age 3 May Raise Risk of Learning Delays: Study

Research found even one exposure is associated with language deficits by age 10