Brain Health News

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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

8/17/2012
Sharp as a Tack at 90: Here's Why

Brain scans found these 'SuperAgers' had thicker cortexes than their peers

8/16/2012
New Brain Measurements Can Pinpoint Children's Age

Taken together, they might help detect developmental disorders, researchers say

8/16/2012
High-Potency Pot in Pregnancy May Cause Brain Damage

Study finds babies at higher risk for devastating birth defect, later learning disabilities

8/15/2012
Some Families May Have Natural Protection Against Dementia

Protein related to inflammation is linked to lower risk, study shows

8/15/2012
New 'Brain-Cleaning' System Discovered in Mice

It drains the brain of waste products, researchers report

8/15/2012
More Delays in Brain Growth Seen With ADHD

Latest study finds the covering of the cerebral cortex developed more slowly

8/14/2012
Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Cerebral Bleeding in Some Women

Blood vessel tangles more likely to rupture in brain when expecting, research shows

8/14/2012
Baby's Healthy Diet Feeds IQ, Study Finds

Infants, toddlers reared on junk food scored slightly lower at 8 years

8/13/2012
Could Chocolate's Antioxidants Boost Brain Function?

In small study, a flavanol-rich cocoa drink seemed to have an effect, but one expert is unconvinced

8/13/2012
Condition Commonly Seen in Aging May Alter Brain Function

Small study suggests 'leukoaraiosis' is not harmless after all

8/10/2012
Dyslexia May Be Caused by Signal Processing Problem in Brain

Researchers hope study findings will lead to more treatment options

8/10/2012
Migraines Not Linked to Decline in Thinking Skills

No difference seen over long term between those with or without the painful headaches

8/9/2012
Electrical Brain Stimulation Curbs Epileptic Seizures in Rats

Implantable device short-circuits attacks, researcher says

8/9/2012
Two Languages Better Than One for Kids' Brains: Study

Bilingual children excel at problem-solving, creative thinking, research suggests

8/8/2012
Brain Scans May Spot Teens at Risk for Problem Drinking

Findings also point to harms of excessive alcohol use

8/6/2012
Brain's Connections May Predict Intelligence: Study

Intelligence based on prefrontal cortex's effective communication with rest of brain

8/6/2012
Brain Scans of 'Hoarders' Show Unique Abnormalities

Researchers say finding shows behavior is different from other obsessive-compulsive disorders

8/6/2012
Hormone May Boost Aging, Failing Brains

Treatment might help healthy adults and those with early memory problems, study finds

8/6/2012
Chronic 'Butter Flavoring' Exposure Linked to Harmful Brain Process

Working with diacetyl may raise risk of proteins clumping in the brain, similar to Alzheimer's: study

8/3/2012
Sleepiness Hampers Job Performance, Study Confirms

Effects get worse over time and can affect vision-oriented tasks, even in folks who don't feel tired