Brain Health News

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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

10/17/2012
Is Your Brain Working as You Nap?

The right hemisphere 'is doing important things in the resting state,' researchers say

10/17/2012
More Evidence Linking Creativity, Mental Illness

Are new approaches needed to safeguard benefits of psychiatric disorders?

10/17/2012
Brain Scans Suggest Downside to Skipping Breakfast

Small study found fasting prompts people to seek out high-calorie foods

10/16/2012
Brain Recovery From Alcoholism Seen Soon After Abstinence: Study

Some regions take longer to heal; researchers say extended treatment programs might help

10/16/2012
Epilepsy Drug Shows Promise as Weight-Loss Aid, Study Says

Zonisamide plus nutritional counseling worked for certain obese adults, but not without side effects

10/15/2012
Measuring Brain Plaques May Yield Clues to Alzheimer's Risk

Changes can be detected and measured while older people are still healthy, researchers say

10/12/2012
Pre-Test Jitters Might Boost Scores: Study

A little anxiety seemed to help kids with good working memory, research found

10/11/2012
Drugs to Prevent Alzheimer's to Be Tested in Large Trial

New treatments target amyloid beta plaque; volunteers destined to have the brain disease

10/11/2012
Healthy Lungs May Keep Brain Running Smoothly

Swedish study found link between problem-solving ability, lung function

10/10/2012
What Drives Your Daily Biological Clock?

Work with fruit flies leads to promising discovery, researchers say

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