Brain Health News

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3/9/2012
Researchers ID Gene for Neck Disorder

Cervical dystonia is a painful condition in which the neck muscles force the head to move involuntarily

3/7/2012
Self-Centered Kids May Just Have Immature Brains

Study suggests poor impulse control improves with age

3/6/2012
Brain Scans Overused on U.S. Stroke Patients, Study Says

Most get both MRI and CT imaging, adding to rising medical costs

3/5/2012
Depression Could Worsen Mental Decline in Heart Patients

Long-term monitoring of depressive symptoms is needed, researchers say

3/5/2012
Kids' Concussion Symptoms Can Last a Year, Study Says

Symptoms may affect school and quality of life

3/1/2012
Toxins Afloat in Shark Fin Soup?

Neurotoxins linked to brain diseases identified in fin samples, study says

3/1/2012
Mouse Study Shows How Pot Clouds Memory

Lab study focuses on passive support cells in brain

2/29/2012
Sports Concussion: Myths and Facts

Expert describes recognition, symptoms and proper treatment of common injury

2/29/2012
Alzheimer's-Like Memory Loss Reversed in Mice

But any application for humans remains years away, researchers stress

2/28/2012
Teens May Fare Worse After Concussion Than Children or Adults

Injury can cause long-term problems with short-term memory in teens, researchers say

2/27/2012
'Chemo Brain' May Linger 20 Years After Breast Cancer Treatment

Some women who received a once-standard drug regimen still have memory problems, study says

2/27/2012
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Protect the Aging Brain

Those who consumed the most did better on tests of mental functioning, study says

2/27/2012
Irregular Heartbeat May Predict Mental Decline in Some

Abnormal heart rhythm linked to brain function problems in heart disease patients, study finds

2/24/2012
Brain Calls the Shots on Which Hand Holds Cellphone

Righties, lefties tend to use different ears when talking on the phone, study finds

2/24/2012
Certain Antipsychotics Up Risk of Death for Patients With Dementia: Study

While the drugs are often necessary, new comparison should help doctors balance risks, benefits

2/17/2012
Good Football Helmet Fit Key to Preventing Brain Injuries

But there's no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet, studies show

2/17/2012
Brain Scans Might Spot Autism as Early as 6 Months of Age

Preliminary study says communication links in brain drop off before symptoms appear

2/15/2012
Can Walking Speed, Hand Grip in Middle Age Predict Dementia Risk?

Each could be marker for general frailty, which has been linked to brain decline, researchers say

2/14/2012
Brain Scans May One Day Be Used to Predict Dementia

Scientists also might be able to test effectiveness of Alzheimer's meds by tracking brain changes

2/14/2012
Sleeplessness Tied to Early Alzheimer's, Study Says

But it's too soon to say one leads to the other

2/13/2012
Mediterranean Diet Might Be Healthier for Brain

Study found less damage to small blood vessels in people who ate certain foods

2/13/2012
Smog May Harm Women's Brains: Study

The more air pollution they were exposed to, the greater their mental decline

2/13/2012
Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia

Findings run counter to current recommendations, which advise against routine mental checks

2/13/2012
Overeating May Double Risk of Memory Loss: Study

Too many calories could lead to early signs of Alzheimer's, preliminary research suggests

2/10/2012
Brain Scans May Predict How People Learn

Small study suggests ability to sift through 'noise' determines mastery of new skill

2/9/2012
In Mice, Cancer Drug Shows Effect on Alzheimer's Symptoms

Early lab study showed reduction of disease-related plaque

2/8/2012
Electrical Brain Stimulation May Strengthen Memory, Study Says

Preliminary results suggest method might hold promise for dementia patients

2/7/2012
Gene Research Offers Clues to Parkinson's Disease

Key mutation in certain DNA is tied to a minority of cases of the illness, study says

2/7/2012
Surgery Effective for Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

In 26-year study, procedure cut seizures and boosted quality of life long-term

2/6/2012
New Scoring Method May Help Predict Stroke Outcome

Study reveals quick way to identify those who will respond well to clot-buster alteplase

2/6/2012
Smoking May Be Especially Tough on Men's Brains

Study found declines in thinking skills for males, but not females

2/6/2012
New Criteria Could Change Who Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

Expert says many more patients may be told they only have mild cognitive impairment

2/3/2012
Why Human Brains Are Smarter Than Chimp Brains

Synapses in key brain region continues to develop much longer in babies than in primates, study finds

2/2/2012
Some Stroke Survivors Can't Recognize Fear, Anger in Others

Damage to forebrain can impair ability to read certain facial expressions, study finds

2/2/2012
New Anti-Clotting Drug May Cut Brain Bleeding Risk: Study

People with abnormal heartbeat taking Xarelto were less likely to bleed out than warfarin patients

2/1/2012
Worrying Too Much Might Raise Your Risk for Stroke

Study found a personality trait called 'harm avoidance' also marked by self-doubt, fatigue

2/1/2012
Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Affect Memory in Healthy People

Research could lead to better understanding of the origins of Alzheimer's

2/1/2012
Adult Children of Stroke Sufferers May Show Signs of Brain Aging, Too

Offspring may experience physical, mental changes that can precede stroke

2/1/2012
Study Finds Link Between Heart Failure, Brain Changes

Memory, planning problems could make it harder to keep up with heart treatments, researchers say

2/1/2012
Scientists Use Brain Waves to Eavesdrop on the Mind

Computer model seeks to decode heard language, but research is preliminary

1/31/2012
For Kids, Laughter Really May Be the Best Medicine

Scans show that humor activates parts of the brain linked to resilience, well-being in children

1/30/2012
Nurturing Moms May Help Their Child's Brain Develop

Study found toddlers with loving mothers had more growth in key brain area

1/26/2012
Mutations in 2 Genes Linked to Rare Autism-Related Disorder

Research sheds light on Joubert syndrome, which causes physical and mental disabilities

1/26/2012
Brain Activity May Help Predict Autism Before Age 1: Study

Differences in responses to eye contact detected in brains of at-risk infants as early as 6 months

1/25/2012
Men at Higher Risk for Mental Decline That Precedes Alzheimer's

Odds worst for people without college education, study finds

1/25/2012
'Inner Dialogue' Might Aid People With Autism

Learning strategy may help with planning, functioning independently, small study says

1/24/2012
Lack of ZZZs May Fuel Appetite

Not getting enough sleep may lead to weight gain over time, researchers say

1/24/2012
Could 'Magic' Mushrooms Ease Depression?

Small studies found key ingredient lowered activity in areas of brain linked to mood disorder

1/23/2012
Steady Diet of Mental Stimulation Might Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Lifetime of reading, games lowered levels of brain plaques, researchers report

1/23/2012
Dyslexia's Brain Changes May Occur Before Kids Learn to Read

Study findings might help identify at-risk children at younger age