Brain Health News

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6/13/2011
Training via Video Game Shown to Boost Kids' Brain Power

Don't expect similar results from everyday games, researcher says

6/12/2011
Validity of Baseline Concussion Tests Questioned

'False-negative' results could endanger injured players, researcher says

6/10/2011
Some Brains Easily Distracted by Rewarding Stimuli

Findings may hold clues about drug addiction, obesity, researchers say

6/10/2011
Brain Scan Spots Differences in Tots With ADHD Symptoms

Researchers suggest earlier diagnosis of behavioral disorder could lead to better outcomes for kids

6/9/2011
Mouse Study Reveals How Smoking Helps Keep People Thin

Findings hint at possible targets for weight-loss strategies down the line

6/8/2011
Regular Exercise May Benefit the Brain as Well as the Body

Long-term aerobic activity helps preserve white matter needed for key brain functions, study finds

6/7/2011
Chronic Pot Smoking Affects Brain Chemistry, Scans Show

Damage may be reversible if the drug use stops, researchers say

6/7/2011
Sleep Might Help You Solve Problems Better

Study findings suggest shut-eye lets brain process information

6/6/2011
Reading Arabic or English May Tax Brain Differently

Study attempts to untangle how language is read and understood

6/3/2011
Concussions Tied to Verbal Memory Loss in Young Athletes

College football, soccer players show signs of decreased brain function after head injury: study

6/3/2011
Kids Who Bully Often Get Poor Sleep

More shut-eye could help reduce aggression and bullying, study suggests

6/2/2011
More Stroke Patients Get Clot-Busting Drug But Barriers Remain

Getting people to seek immediate treatment is a major hurdle, experts say

6/1/2011
Hi-Tech Scan Detects Soldiers' Head Injuries

Could one day lead to better treatment for those who suffer less-severe harm, study says

6/1/2011
How Brain Sees the 'Big Picture' May Affect Self-Image

People with body dysmorphic disorder process visual information abnormally, study finds

5/31/2011
Study Suggests Special MRI Might Help Diagnose Autism

Scans found less responsiveness in language areas of brain, researchers report

5/27/2011
Body Size May Influence How People View the World

Shorter folks perceive a bigger place than tall people do, study finds

5/26/2011
U.S. Southeast 'Stroke Belt' Also Shows Higher Rates of Cognitive Decline

Shared risk factors for stroke and lowered brain function may be to blame, researchers suggest

5/26/2011
Scientists Appear One Step Closer to Reading Minds

Scottish researchers decoded information contained within certain brainwaves related to vision

5/26/2011
Blind People May Be Able to Use Echoes to Identify Objects

Echolocation uses 'visual' part of brain to process sound, navigate surroundings, study finds

5/26/2011
Babies May Perform 'Pure Reasoning,' Study Suggests

1-year-olds showed ability to be surprised by counterintuitive events

5/25/2011
CDC Report Shows Bacterial Meningitis Cases on the Decline

Vaccines have reduced disease rate in young but death rate remains unchanged

5/25/2011
Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study

But so was having no religious affiliation, researchers say

5/25/2011
Scientists Find Molecular Similarities in Brains of Those With Autism

Frontal, temporal lobes in cortex were different in healthy tissue, but the same when disorder was present

5/23/2011
CDC Warns Against Exposure to 'Mad Cow'-Like Brain Diseases

Travel to certain countries, hunting, eating wild deer meat raises risks, experts say

5/20/2011
Treating Back Pain May Reverse Its Impact on Brain

Abnormalities caused by chronic pain improve when patients get relief, study finds

5/20/2011
Straight or Gay? Vowels in Speech May Give it Away

Study found that strangers quickly picked up on sexual orientation via vocal cues

5/20/2011
Driving Skills Do Ebb With Age: Study

Waning mental functions linked to errors, but some older drivers do just fine, experts say

5/19/2011
Mammals' Brains Grew Larger to Enhance Sense of Smell: Study

Area linked to touch was also enlarged in fossils, scientists say

5/19/2011
Pssst... Gossip Might Serve a Useful Function

Study suggests it helps brain focus on those people who might pose a threat

5/19/2011
Rep. Giffords Recovering After Skull Surgery

She received implant to replace piece of skull removed to accommodate brain swelling after shooting

5/18/2011
Alzheimer's Risk Gene May Damage Brain Decades Before Symptoms Show

Scans indicate even young adults who have the gene have some white-matter deterioration

5/18/2011
Rep. Giffords to Get Skull Patch in Latest Step in Recovery

Wounded congresswoman had piece of skull removed to accommodate brain swelling, expert explains

5/16/2011
Binge Drinking Tied to Memory Loss in College Students: Study

But researchers stress it's not clear if there's a direct connection

5/12/2011
Ecstasy Use May Make Brain Less Efficient

Findings suggest changes could be permanent, researcher says

5/12/2011
Musicians Maintain Memory, Hearing as They Age

'Sound' training may help them hear speech in noisy settings, improve recall, research suggests

5/10/2011
Mental Decline Common in Women Over 85: Study

More than 40 percent will experience mild cognitive deficits or dementia, researchers say

5/10/2011
Ring Finger Length Linked to ALS, Study Suggests

But whether this has any effect on risk of 'Lou Gehrig's disease' is unknown, researchers say

5/9/2011
Child's Head Injury Doesn't Always Need CT Scan: Study

Observing child in ER can minimize radiation exposure without compromising care, researchers say

5/7/2011
What's Good for Your Heart Is Good for Your Brain

Neurosurgeon offers advice for protecting the brain from injury, disease

5/6/2011
Single Gene Linked to Evolution of Human Brain

Study sheds light on development of brain's cerebral cortex, key to many high-level functions

5/5/2011
Can Hormone Therapy or the Pill Prevent Brain Aneurysms?

Study authors say estrogen protects blood vessel walls, but expert questions quality of research

5/5/2011
Sex, Coffee May Boost Risk of Brain Aneurysm Rupture: Study

Activities that raise blood pressure appear to be the cause, researcher suggests

5/4/2011
Secondhand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Craving

Could make it hard for smokers to quit, easy for nonsmokers to start, researchers say

5/4/2011
Socializing May Keep Elderly Minds Sharp

Those who mingled the most showed the least cognitive decline, researchers report

5/2/2011
Brains of Autistic Kids Still Larger at Age 4, 5

Study suggests enlargement might occur at around 1 year

5/2/2011
Exercising While Learning Boosts Test Scores, Study Finds

When physical activity was combined with academic skills, elementary students retained more

4/28/2011
Monkey See, Monkey Remember

Like humans, rhesus monkeys have recall and recognition memory, study finds

4/28/2011
Shared Social Status Boosts Brain Activity, Research Shows

Area tied to 'values' lights up when dealing with those in similar socioeconomic circumstances

4/27/2011
No Long-Term Effects Seen From Anesthesia in Infancy

Study offers reassurance for parents of babies who need surgery, but more research urged

4/26/2011
Don't Blame Memory for Trouble Switching Tasks

Study points instead to slowdown in brain's processing speed that comes with aging