Brain Health News

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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

8/15/2011
More Evidence That Alcohol Hinders Good Sleep

In heavier drinkers especially, a nightcap may lead to insomnia, researchers say

8/15/2011
More Evidence Tanning Beds May Be Addictive

In the presence of UV radiation, reward centers in the brains of 'tanorexics' lit up, study found

8/15/2011
Story 'Spoilers' May Boost Enjoyment

Readers seem to prefer books when the introduction gives away the ending, study shows

8/11/2011
Alzheimer's Harder to Detect in the Very Old

Brain scans in those aged 60 to 75 with the disease were more definitive than brain scans of those 80 and older

8/11/2011
Like Those in Humans, Baby Chimps' Forebrains Immature

White matter increases, but not at the same rate as human infants, study finds

8/9/2011
Survivors of Brain Hemorrhage May Experience PTSD

One-third who survive bleeding in brain event may benefit from treatment for traumatic stress

8/9/2011
Intelligence Largely Rooted in the Genes

There's no one 'smart' gene, but many genes that play a role in high IQs, researchers say

8/8/2011
As Heart Failure Worsens, Word Recall May Suffer Too

Link was especially apparent in older patients, researchers found

8/8/2011
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Parkinson's Symptoms Long-Term

But it doesn't stop the progression of the disease, researchers say

8/4/2011
More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke

Up to 94% say they are comfortable using the drug tPA, compared to 73% in 2000, study finds

8/3/2011
Memories Can Be Unreliable, Manipulated

But many Americans believe memories are more stable than they really are, survey finds

8/2/2011
Regular Exercise Boosts the Brain, Too

Physical activity helps the brain develop and stay sharp, research shows

8/1/2011
Smoking, Diabetes, Obesity May Shrink Your Brain

Study adds to evidence that good living preserves mental abilities

7/29/2011
New Dog Gene May Shed Light on Childhood Epilepsy

Researchers hope the discovery will aid understanding of human brain development

7/29/2011
Concussion Project Finds Disease in Two Autopsied Brains

Canadian researchers aim to boost understanding of how repeated head injuries change brain

7/28/2011
Brain Injury Appears to Boost Stroke Risk

First three months after trauma may be period of greatest concern, study says

7/27/2011
Age-Related Memory Loss May Be Reversible, Animal Study Suggests

Area of brain that weakens may be fired up again with treatment, researchers say

7/26/2011
Fatty 'Comfort' Foods May Alter Brain's Response to Sadness

Researchers probing the power of these foods track neural changes in scans

7/25/2011
Kids With ADHD Less Adept at Crossing the Street: Study

They may look both ways, but leave too little time to cross safely

7/21/2011
Psychological Distancing May Be Key to Wisdom

People who look at things in a self-centered way less likely to reason wisely, research suggests

7/21/2011
Clogged Arteries Might Raise Risk of Dementia, Experts Warn

Same factors that put heart at risk can also affect brain, according to heart and stroke associations

7/20/2011
Scrutinizing Faces Might Catch Liars, Study Finds

They may try to control expressions, but strategy not foolproof

7/20/2011
Study: Inherited Alzheimer's Detectable 20 Years Before Symptom Onset

Early diagnosis critical to preserving patients' mental abilities and memories, researchers say

7/20/2011
Experimental Drug Might Help Fight Alzheimer's After All

Certain patients with mild to moderate symptoms may benefit from treatment, study finds

7/19/2011
Does Meditation Boost Brain Health?

Less brain shrinkage, stronger connections seen in long-term practitioners, study finds

7/19/2011
Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent Millions of Cases of Alzheimer's

Study says that even a 25% drop in factors like obesity, smoking could cut 500,000 U.S. cases

7/18/2011
Ex-NFL Players May Face Higher Brain Damage Risk, Study Says

But there's no proof of cause-and-effect, experts say, calling for more research

7/18/2011
Falls Could Signal Early Alzheimer's Disease

Seniors whose brain scans indicated preclinical disease twice as likely to fall, study finds

7/15/2011
Binge Drinking May Impair Teen Brain Development

Too much booze can affect performance in school, sports, and girls are more vulnerable, study says

7/14/2011
Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome Identified

More research needed to determine why the genetic variants might lead to symptoms

7/14/2011
Can You Google Your Memory?

Researchers find it's harder to remember when people know info is computer-accessible

7/14/2011
Rat Study Shows How Binge Drinking Harms Memory

Research suggests heavy boozing affects certain receptors on brain cells

7/13/2011
Low 'Empathy' Response in Brain Might Point to Autism Gene

Siblings of patients have similar reduced brain activity when viewing others' emotions, scans show

7/12/2011
Alzheimer's Brain Protein Scanning Moves Forward

New radioactive tracers for imaging could make technique more widely available

7/12/2011
Contact Allergies Associated With Lower Rates of Some Cancers

Sensitivity to chemicals, metals may prime immune system against certain tumors, research suggests, but more study needed

7/12/2011
Health Tip: Understanding Dyslexia

Causes, symptoms and problems the learning disorder can cause

7/11/2011
Higher Folic Acid Levels in Teens Tied to Academic Success

Folate levels should be monitored to ensure kids are getting enough, researchers say

7/8/2011
Golf-Cart Head Injuries on the Upswing, Study Finds

Researchers surprised to find alcohol involved in many cases

7/1/2011
When It Comes to Memory, Practice Seems to Make Perfect

Volunteers retained memory of faces, patterns years after first identifying them, study shows

6/30/2011
Group-Think Can Influence Your Memory, Research Shows

Study probes science of false memories, finds brain scans show regions that activate in groups

6/28/2011
Research Sheds Light on Cause of Brain Deficits in HIV Patients

Virus can weaken blood-brain barrier and infect cells that normally support brain, study finds

6/22/2011
Poor Brain 'Sync' a Possible Sign of Autism

Inability of right and left hemispheres to communicate might be early marker, researchers say

6/21/2011
'Hammock' Effect May Help Adults Fall Asleep Faster

Swaying motion promotes brain activity associated with deep slumber, researchers say

6/17/2011
Scientists Turn Memory On, Off in Rats With Flip of Switch

Discovery might someday benefit patients with brain injuries, researchers say

6/16/2011
New Memory Theory Focuses on Brain-Wave Levels

Those with greater theta-wave activity are better able to remember new words, study finds

6/16/2011
Scientists Pinpoint Parts of Brain That Help People Recognize Themselves

Finding could help in the development of prosthetics, researchers say

6/15/2011
Gene Sequencing Helps Twins With Rare Disorder

Children thrived after results found they had a subtype of disease requiring different treatment

6/14/2011
Good Sleep Could Boost Undergrads' Learning Capacity

Shut-eye helps students integrate and retain information, study finds