Brain Health News

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10/21/2011
New Animal Study Might Explain Jet Lag Differences

Traveling west to east? Blame your brain for the added disruption

10/21/2011
To the Brain, Seeing a Caress Is as Good as Getting One

In humans, the brain seems to react to other people's sensations, researchers say

10/19/2011
New Guidelines Issued for Common Tremor Disorder

American Academy of Neurology has updated recommendations for treating essential tremor

10/19/2011
Teens' IQ May Fluctuate Over Time: Study

Changes in test scores were reflected in changes in certain brain areas, scientists say

10/19/2011
More Facebook Friends, More Gray Matter in Brain?

Finding could explain why some people are more social than others, researchers say

10/18/2011
'Screen-Free' Play Best for Toddlers' Brains

Even 'educational' programming is less healthy than independent play, experts say

10/14/2011
Foundation Aims to Raise Awareness of Brain Diseases

American Academy of Neurology Foundation marks 20th anniversary with call for research support

10/14/2011
Protein May Help Spot Newborns With Brain Damage

Doctors already track GFAP levels to measure brain injury in adults

10/14/2011
For Many, Epilepsy Surgery Effective Long-Term

Almost half of patients are seizure-free 10 years later, study finds

10/12/2011
Preemies With Faster Brain Growth May End Up Smarter

British study found growth rate of the cortex predicted scores on intelligence tests

10/11/2011
10/10/2011
After Stroke, Crossed Legs a Welcome Sign

Patients who crossed their legs within 15 days functioned better a year later, study shows

10/7/2011
Winning May Take All Your Brain Power

All areas of brain activate when playing games, study finds

10/6/2011
More Kids Treated for Concussions in ERs: CDC

Increased awareness of traumatic brain injury may be driving this trend, researchers say

10/5/2011
Gauging General Health as 'Poor' May Point to Dementia Risk

Study suggests it might be a predictor, but one expert says more research is needed

10/4/2011
MRI Study Unfolds Clues to Memory

Those lacking structural fold in front of the brain were more likely to have faulty recollections

10/4/2011
Learn While You Sleep: New Way to Multitask?

Students who improve their sleep habits may improve their academic performance, researchers say

10/4/2011
Stress May Affect Preemies' Brains, Study Shows

Intensive-care stressors range from diaper changes to invasive procedures

10/4/2011
Older Dads Can Pass on Gene Mutations That Lower Intellect

Study suggests changes in chromosomes may account for some cases, especially in older fathers

10/3/2011
Rest Assured, Parents, Teens Really Do Get Smarter With Time

Older teens faster at math, vocabulary and problem-solving than younger ones, study shows

9/30/2011
Small Study Links Surgery and Anesthesia With Alzheimer's

Post-op changes in cerebral spinal fluid may indicate progression of brain disease, experts say

9/30/2011
Yawning May Help the Brain Chill Out

The purpose of yawning is hotly debated, but new study suggests people yawn to cool the brain

9/29/2011
Brain Continues to Develop Beyond Adolescence

Life experiences of young adulthood, such as going to college and starting careers, may drive the changes, researchers say

9/29/2011
Singing May Help Some Stroke Victims Regain Speech

More study needed to see if rhythm and formulaic phrases could lead to improved speech therapies

9/29/2011
Abnormal Protein May Explain Loss of Smell With Alzheimer's

The protein kills nerve cells in the nose, animal study finds

9/29/2011
'Magic Mushroom' Compound Triggered Positive Personality Change in Study

Sixty percent of volunteers became more 'open' -- and stayed that way for more than a year

9/28/2011
Study Suggests Link Between Sleep Deprivation, Alzheimer's Risk

Body seems to use brain's downtime to clear away disease-related material, researchers say

9/28/2011
Number of U.S. Kids on ADHD Meds Keeps Rising

But the rate of increase has slowed considerably since 1990s, study authors note

9/26/2011
Could Too Little Vitamin B-12 Shrink the Aging Brain?

Deficiency may affect thinking skills, but not enough evidence to advise supplements, experts say

9/22/2011
Scientists Reconstruct the 'Movies in Our Minds'

Using MRI scans and computers, they interpreted brain patterns as people watched film trailers

9/21/2011
Quitting Smoking Could Give Memory a Boost

Those who light up have more problems remembering tasks, small study suggests

9/20/2011
Can Fatty Acids in Breast Milk or Formula Make Kids Smarter?

Studies find benefits at 14 months and about 10 years

9/19/2011
Brains of Obese May Crave High-Calorie Foods More: Study

Finding might explain why overweight people stay that way, researchers suggest

9/16/2011
Research Reveals Why Hungry People Get Cranky

Stress, hunger trigger fluctuating levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain, scans show

9/15/2011
Problem Drinking Linked to Brain Damage

It damages very areas critical to quitting drinking, research shows

9/13/2011
Brain Blood Flow Abnormalities Persist in Gulf War Vets

Brains scans show that for some vets, the disorder may have gotten worse

9/8/2011
New X-Rays Offer Clues on Evolution of the Human Brain

Shape of ancient fossil consistent with gradual reorganization in frontal brain, researchers say

9/7/2011
Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain: Study

Brain flexibility lasts longer when more than one language is spoken at home, research shows

9/6/2011
Seizure Disorder Diagnosed Later in Veterans Than Civilians: Study

Vets with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures may go 5 years without diagnosis, researchers say

9/2/2011
Brain Scans Show Distinct Traits in Kids With Autism: Study

Gray matter is organized differently, researchers find

9/1/2011
Old-Age Tremors May Be Caused by Brain Lesions

But current technology does not pick up microscopic abnormalities, researcher says

8/30/2011
Effects of Combat Stress May Not Last as Long as Thought

Brain scans found evidence of possible PTSD dissipated 18 months after service

8/29/2011
Some Older Americans Overwhelmed by Medicare Options, Study Says

Those experiencing mental decline may have the most trouble sorting through the options

8/29/2011
Use Caution in Ending Life Support for Brain-Injured, Experts Say

Study found that the rate of these crucial decisions varied between hospitals

8/25/2011
Calcified Plaque in Arteries May Be Tied to Stroke, Dementia Risk

Study finds biggest threat to carotid arteries, which are closest to the brain

8/24/2011
Sophisticated Scan May Spot Seeds of Alzheimer's Risk

Finding could be important when treatments become available, experts say

8/22/2011
Team Decisions Better for the Weary

Group of tired people can make better choices than a tired individual, researchers report

8/19/2011
Moms' Depression Affects Kids' Brain Structure, Scans Show

Brain area tied to emotions larger in children of mothers with lifelong symptoms of depression

8/19/2011
People Appear to Dream While in Minimally Conscious State

They have same brain activity and eye movements as healthy people while sleeping, study finds

8/16/2011
Moderate Drinking May Help Prevent Alzheimer's, Other Dementia

Lower risk of brain impairment seen in those who enjoy alcohol, but don't overdo it, review finds