Brain Health News

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5/1/2013
Video Game May Help Keep Aging Brains Sharp

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

5/1/2013
Girls With Autism May Need Different Treatments Than Boys

New studies highlight variations in symptoms, genetic makeup

4/30/2013
Paralyzed Patient Moves Prosthetic Arm With Her Mind

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

4/29/2013
Why Johnny Can't Add, Even After Tutoring

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

4/29/2013
Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia

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

4/29/2013
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury

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

4/26/2013
Psychopaths May Lack Capacity for Empathy

Brain imaging study compared prison inmates

4/26/2013
Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Temporarily Dull Nicotine Craving

Early study tested the noninvasive treatment on smokers

4/25/2013
Study Explores the Cost of Creativity

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

4/25/2013
Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

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

4/25/2013
Gene Studies Could Point to New Alzheimer's Treatments

Research focuses on changes in immune cell activity within the brain

4/25/2013
Kids' Concussion Recovery Varies by Symptom Severity: Study

Identifying which factors lead to longer recoveries may improve treatment

4/24/2013
Clenching Your Fist to Boost Your Memory?

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

4/24/2013
Can You Feel Empathy for a Robot?

Researchers try to capture bond between humans, mechanical companions

4/23/2013
Shrinkage of Brain Region May Signal Onset of Multiple Sclerosis

Study tied changes in thalamus to tell-tale MS sign

4/18/2013
Scientists May Have Spotted Brain's 'Numbers Center'

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

4/18/2013
Alzheimer's Patients May Face Looming Shortage of Neurologists

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

4/17/2013
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

4/16/2013
Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind: Study

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

4/15/2013
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

4/15/2013
Age of Autism Diagnosis May Depend on Symptoms: Study

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

4/15/2013
Mental Exercise May Help Keep Seniors Sharp

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

4/15/2013
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

4/11/2013
Non-Amputees Can Experience the Illusion of a 'Phantom' Limb

The brain can accept an invisible hand as part of the body, study shows

4/11/2013
Newly Created Rats Designed to Speed Alzheimer's Research

The genetically engineered rodents more closely mimic the disease found in humans, scientists say

4/11/2013
Study Puts New Spin on 'Sound Sleep'

German researchers say certain sounds may boost memory while you snooze

4/10/2013
For First Time, Pain 'Signature' Spotted on Brain MRIs

Scientists could distinguish physical from emotional pain, discomfort in study

4/10/2013
'Transparent' Mouse Brain Could Shed Light on Human Brain Health

Scientists report using chemicals to make the 3-dimensional structure completely visible

4/9/2013
Gene May Double Risk of Alzheimer's in Blacks

But expert says actual increase is 'modest' and many other factors contribute to disease

4/9/2013
Brain Surgery Eases Compulsive Eating in 10-Year-Old Girl

Benign tumor was causing premature puberty and obesity linked to overeating, doctors say

4/8/2013
Tapeworm-Linked Seizures May Be Rising in U.S., Doctors Say

Neurologists issue guidelines for treatment

4/8/2013
Kids With Autism May Be Less Likely to Imitate 'Silly' Behavior

In study, they tended to only copy necessary actions by adults when completing tasks

4/8/2013
Lengthy Seizures May Delay Mental Development, Study Suggests

Convulsive status epilepticus could have long-lasting impact for infants

4/4/2013
Chronic Pain Often Follows Stroke

Study found the pain is also related to greater disability

4/4/2013
Could Scientists Peek Into Your Dreams?

In small study, computer programs and brain MRIs identified visual images during sleep

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