Brain Health News

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12/10/2012
Germ in Cat Feces May Affect Human Brain, Behavior: Study

'Kitty litter' parasite seems to trigger immune reaction linked to mental health problems in people

12/7/2012
Sleep Apnea Tied to More Brain Damage in Women Than Men

Areas involving decision-making, mood appeared most affected, study found

12/7/2012
'Chemo Brain' May Occur Before Treatment Even Starts

Study suggests mental fog, fatigue tied to chemotherapy may be partly due to stress

12/6/2012
Study Reveals Why Elderly Often Vulnerable to Scams

Research suggests aging adults are worse at spotting untrustworthy faces

12/4/2012
Is Childhood Intelligence Linked to Pain Problems in Adulthood?

Kids who do worse in school more likely to have manual jobs, smoke and be overweight, study suggests

12/4/2012
Study Supports Link Between Stress, Epileptic Seizures

Stress activated brain response for some patients in preliminary research

12/3/2012
Children's Seizures Not Always Damaging, Study Finds

Those caused by fever don't appear to harm brain function

12/2/2012
Helmets Do Save Lives on the Slopes, Research Shows

Fewer and less severe injuries seen in those wearing head protection, study review finds

12/1/2012
What Do Eye Movement Differences in Men and Women Mean?

Study compared reactions to images of faces, bodies by gender

11/29/2012
Climbers With Altitude Sickness Show Signs of Brain Bleeds Years Later

Mountaineers who've had the illness should gradually prepare for rising elevations, researchers say

11/29/2012
Brain Scans Show Differences in Adults With Autism

Two new studies hint that immune system may play some role in condition

11/28/2012
Depression a Key Factor in Health of Parkinson's Patients: Study

Researchers add that it is difficult to diagnose because movement disorder masks symptoms

11/27/2012
Abused Elderly Likely to Have Brain, Head and Neck Injuries

Only 2 percent of abuse cases are reported, study says

11/26/2012
Alzheimer's May Progress Differently in Women, Men

Study found variations in brain matter loss, early mental decline

11/26/2012
Reading, Games May Help Aging Brains Stay Sharp

MRI scans reveal better white matter structure in brains of seniors who enjoy mental activities

11/21/2012
Spinal Fluid Substance May Help Drive Sleep Disorder: Study

People with hypersomnia sleep 70 hours per week or more; sleeping-pill-like chemical might be cause

11/21/2012
Scans Spot Brain Changes in Patients With Concussion Syndrome

Findings could lead to improved detection methods, researchers say

11/20/2012
Citicoline Supplement Doesn't Help Treat Brain Injury, Study Finds

The 'nutraceutical' had been widely used to ease trauma damage, but research shows no effect

11/19/2012
Bigger Babies Have Bigger Brains as Teens: Study

But difference doesn't seem to affect brain functioning later in life

11/19/2012
Reduced Kidney Function Tied to Mental Decline

Study of patients with chronic kidney disease found changes in memory, reasoning skills

11/16/2012
Speed-Dating Lights Up Key Brain Areas

MRI study found one region is activated by looks, another by compatibility

11/16/2012
Living in Smoggy Areas May Reduce Seniors' Brainpower

Study tied high pollution to lower test scores for memory, language

11/16/2012
Human Intellect Backsliding From Lack of Evolutionary Pressure: Study

But genetic process is slow and people are still smart enough to find solution, researcher says

11/16/2012
Kids With Autism and Child Prodigies May Share Certain Traits

Study found high attention to detail, working memory scores

11/15/2012
Flame Retardants in Furniture, Carpets Might Affect Kids' Development

California study found that higher exposures were linked to IQ, attention deficits

11/15/2012
Scientists Track Activity in Rappers' Brains

MRIs show areas allowing free expression light up, while other regions quiet down

11/14/2012
Moderate Drinking in Pregnancy Tied to Lower IQ in Child

Study finds 1 to 6 weekly drinks could be harmful

11/14/2012
Bright Light at Night Could Up Depression Risk, Mouse Study Suggests

Researchers say lowering lights in evening may help

11/13/2012
Can Playing Soccer Lead to Brain Damage?

Small study sees changes in white matter; parents shouldn't worry about their kids, experts say

11/13/2012
Head Injury Plus Herbicide Exposure May Triple Parkinson's Risk

People who experienced both of these individual risk factors are much more vulnerable, study finds

11/12/2012
Early Exposure to Stress at Home Affects Girls' Brains, Study Says

The result may be more anxiety in females than males, research suggests

11/12/2012
Study Explores Possible Tie Between Fever, Flu in Pregnancy and Autism

Even if higher risk exists, it's still very small, researcher stressed

11/9/2012
Study Ties Obesity-Related Gene to Weaker Memory

But it's not clear why connection exists or what it means

11/8/2012
Alcoholism Linked to Poor Sense of Empathy, Irony in Men

Study suggests difficulty with complex forms of verbal communication may be tied to alcohol abuse

11/8/2012
Caffeine May Help the Brain Process Words

Couple cups of java speed recognition of positive words, with greater accuracy, study says

11/7/2012
Body Temperature May Matter After Cardiac Arrest

Research suggests cooling body to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit might improve survival, protect brain

11/6/2012
Brain Anatomy May Play Role in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

MRI scans found veterans with the disorder had a smaller amygdala, the brain area that controls fear, anxiety

11/6/2012
Alzheimer's Signs Found in Brains of Young Adults With Gene Mutation

Small study of rare form of disease included people aged 18 to 26

11/1/2012
Physical Activity in Old Age May Protect Brain

Dementia risk cut in those who walked, biked or did other exercise regularly, study says

11/1/2012
Higher Blood Pressure May Harm the Middle-Aged Brain, Study Finds

People as young as 40 with pre-hypertension showed signs of structural damage on brain scans

10/31/2012
Play-Focused Program Might Help Kids With Autism

Success of intensive interactive therapy highlights value of early intervention, researchers report

10/29/2012
Exercise and Weight Loss Give Brain a Boost, Study Finds

Getting fit helped overweight, inactive adults sharpen their thinking skills, too

10/26/2012
Daily Aspirin May Bolster Aging Brain, Study Shows

Women with heart disease who took low-dose aspirin scored better on mental tests than non-users

10/25/2012
Speed-Learning a New Language May Help Brain Grow: Study

Scans before and after 13-month program found changes in newly fluent adults

10/24/2012
Can Your Body 'Sense' the Future?

Evidence review suggests body may anticipate what's coming better than the conscious brain

10/23/2012
Faces 'Morphed' for Man When Scientists Tweaked His Brain

Study gives insights into how humans recognize other individuals

10/23/2012
Powerful People Tend Not to Return Smiles, Study Says

They're less inclined to mimic others' expressions, researchers contend

10/22/2012
Exercise May Beat Socializing at Staving Off Brain Shrinkage

Study also found physical activity more protective than mental stimulation

10/19/2012
High-Carb Diet in Old Age Linked to Mental Decline

Elderly who consumed the most carbohydrates, sugar had more memory, thinking problems, study finds

10/19/2012
Kids With Autism Find It Hard to Describe Poor Behavior, Study Finds

Scans showed less brain activity in areas involved with language when these kids saw others being bad