Brain Health News

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1/8/2013
Do Babies Begin Learning Language in the Womb?

Study suggests process starts in last 10 weeks of pregnancy

1/7/2013
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

1/7/2013
Common Blood Pressure Drugs Might Lower Dementia Risk

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

1/7/2013
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

1/7/2013
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

1/7/2013
Menopause Can Bring Lapses in Memory, Thinking, Study Finds

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

1/4/2013
Brain Injury Doesn't Raise Dementia Risk for Most: Study

But likelihood of re-injury does increase

1/3/2013
Study Tracks Kids' Brain Activity While Watching 'Sesame Street'

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

1/3/2013
Genes Changes Seen in Alzheimer's Can Be Found in Infancy: Study

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

12/27/2012
Are Rhesus Monkeys Musically Challenged?

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

12/26/2012
Brain Scans Might Help Spot Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Study looked for reduced response to pictures of facial expressions

12/20/2012
What Causes Hot Flashes? Rat Study Gives New Clues

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

12/19/2012
Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Children's Brain Disorder

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

12/18/2012
Survival Tripled for Hospitalized U.S. Kids With Cardiac Arrest

Study suggests better resuscitation methods made difference

12/17/2012
12/17/2012
Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Hand Could Be Breakthrough

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

12/14/2012
Heavy Drinking, Pot Use Tied to Teen Brain Changes

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

12/14/2012
Less Mental Decline Seen in Older Blacks Who Went Hungry as Kids

Reason for possible protective effect is unclear, researchers say

12/14/2012
Mind Wandering Drives Up Crash Rate

Distracting thoughts account for significant proportion of collisions, study says

12/12/2012
Study Questions Standard of Care for Head Trauma

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

12/12/2012
Can Nature Nurture the Mind as Well as the Soul?

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

12/12/2012
Gene Study Uncovers More Autism Clues

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

12/12/2012
Mothers' Pre-Pregnancy Weight Tied to Kids' IQ, Study Says

Excess pounds before pregnancy may contribute to lower test scores for child

12/12/2012
Brain Changes Continue After Child's Concussion: Study

Whether this represents a prolonged recovery or permanent damage is unclear

12/11/2012
Loneliness May Boost Odds of Dementia

Lack of social support also raises risk of memory decline, study finds

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