Brain Health News

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1/3/2012
Older Folks, College Kids Make Decisions Just as Quickly: Study

Finding runs counter to notion that thought processes slow down with age

1/3/2012
Changes in Cerebrospinal Fluid May Signal Early Alzheimer's

Study found they preceded actual development of disease by 5 to 10 years

1/3/2012
Study Looks at Deep Brain Stimulation in Bipolar Patients

Research is still preliminary, with few patients involved so far

12/30/2011
Multiple Sclerosis May Cause Changes in Thalamus: Study

Small study finds that MS might reduce volume in area of brain affecting thought process

12/29/2011
Music May Help Ease Pain for Anxious People

By engaging the mind, melodies compete with pain pathways, researchers say

12/29/2011
'Silent Strokes' Linked to Memory Loss in Elderly: Study

More memory woes noted in seniors who had experienced these events, researchers say.

12/28/2011
Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study

Healthy seniors with higher levels of certain nutrients did better on thinking tests, researchers say

12/28/2011
Know the Signs of Alzheimer's

Early diagnosis benefits patients and their families, experts say

12/27/2011
More Schooling Might Raise IQ

Intelligence quotient isn't fixed at birth, and can increase with education, study suggests

12/24/2011
Study Shows How Busy Reindeer Keep Their Cool

Research involved monitoring the animals' brains while they trotted on treadmills

12/22/2011
Chorus Gives Voice to Those With Alzheimer's

In New York City, people with dementia and their caregivers come together in song

12/21/2011
Thinner Brains Could Signal Alzheimer's, Study Suggests

But medical value of screening isn't obvious yet

12/21/2011
Scientists Probe the Origins of Dyslexia

Differences in how people process sounds might be one cause of this learning disability, study suggests

12/16/2011
Sense of Smell Helped Separate Humans From Neanderthals

Larger olfactory bulbs in brain gave evolutionary advantage, study says

12/16/2011
Study Looks at Stroke Risks in Teen Football Players

Possible factors include obesity and anabolic-steroid use, researchers say

12/14/2011
Magnetic Brain Stimulation Might Help Some Stroke Patients

Small study finds quicker recovery from 'hemispatial neglect'

12/13/2011
'Body Clock' Might Affect Women's Dementia Risk

Timing of daily physical activity was also linked to odds for mental decline, study found

12/13/2011
'Ecstasy' May Cause Long-Term Changes in Brain Chemistry

Lower levels of serotonin found in women who had used 'rave' drug up to two years earlier

12/12/2011
Brain Changes May Be Tied to Parkinson's Dementia

Study finds differences between patients with and without mental decline

12/12/2011
Blink Patterns May Be a Window Into Autistic Mind

Watching a video, toddlers with autism reacted to action, not emotional content

12/12/2011
Radiation May Also Lead to 'Chemo Brain'

Mental fuzziness can last several years after breast cancer treatments, study finds

12/10/2011
Can Chewing Gum Boost Exam Scores?

Study also finds that chewing throughout exam could backfire

12/9/2011
Abuse May Alter Child's Brain Activity

Exposure to violence has a measurable effect, researchers say

12/8/2011
Taxi Drivers Show How Learning Changes Adult Brain

New study suggests brain is adaptable, learning is lifelong

12/7/2011
MS May Take a Different Pathway Than Previously Thought

'Outside-in' disease progression could change approach to diagnosis, treatment, researchers say

12/6/2011
Very Low Birth Weight May Affect Adult Memory, IQ

Babies weighing less than 3.3 pounds are more likely to have lowered function as adults, study says

12/6/2011
Health Tip: Boost Your Brain Power

What seniors can do to help stay sharp

12/5/2011
Abuse in Childhood May Alter Teen Brain

Study found reductions in 'gray matter,' with changes differing by gender

12/5/2011
Risk for Dementia Rises When Diabetes, Depression Meet: Study

The good news is that lifestyle changes may lower your risk for all three conditions, experts say

12/5/2011
Autistic Teens With Epilepsy Often Light-Sensitive

Incidence is roughly 30 percent among teens with both conditions, study finds

12/5/2011
Girls More Prone Than Boys to Headaches After Head Injury

They can last for months but in most cases will disappear, study finds

12/5/2011
Epileptic Seizures May Worsen During Menstrual Cycle

'Catamenial' epilepsy also associated with more seizures during pregnancy, study shows

12/4/2011
Rare Seizure Disorder Gives Clues About Brain's Laughter Center

Brain lesions in the hypothalamus trigger laughing seizures, study shows

11/30/2011
Recovery From Concussions in Young Athletes May Take Longer Than Thought

But most in small study returned to normal within a month

11/29/2011
Scans Reveal Differences in Psychopathic Brains

Findings could explain their anti-social tendencies, researchers say

11/29/2011
Creative Minds More Prone to Cheating

Study shows creative thinkers are more likely to act dishonestly during tests than others

11/29/2011
Do Men Think About Sex All the Time? Maybe Not

Study debunks notion that males focus on the subject far more often than females do

11/29/2011
Could Soccer 'Headers' Cause Brain Injury?

MRI study suggests repetitive hits might be harmful, but more research needed

11/28/2011
Violent Video Games May Alter Brain Function: Study

It's not clear what those changes mean though, experts note

11/28/2011
Brain Pathways Seem Disrupted in Kids With ADHD

Areas involving 'visual attention' and working memory less active, MRI scans show

11/25/2011
Yawning May Cool the Brain When Needed

Study also found sinuses act like a bellows, help keep brain the right temperature

11/22/2011
Study Looks at Nude Images' Effect on the Brain

Human mind more readily processes photos of naked vs. clothed people

11/22/2011
Meditation Can 'Turn Off' Regions of the Brain

Brain imaging shows experienced meditators can prevent their minds from wandering

11/21/2011
At-Home Blood Pressure Readings Might Help Track Ailing Brain: Study

Portable device that measures BP changes during daily activities also may shed light on brain health

11/21/2011
Could Weight Loss Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

If confirmed, findings eventually could help in diagnosing condition

11/21/2011
Passing Through Doorways Might Spur Forgetfulness

A doorway can act as an 'event boundary,' study suggests

11/20/2011
Seniors' Memory Doesn't Seem to Improve With Sleep: Study

Age-related brain changes seen as likely cause for some memory problems in elderly, researchers say

11/19/2011
Think 'It's Not Me, It's You,' When Dealing With Angry Person

Study participants felt better when they 'reappraised' images of angry faces

11/17/2011
Routine Head Hits in Sports May Injure Brain, Experts Warn

Scans of young athletes reveal concussion-like damage from repeated mild blows

11/15/2011
Smart Kids More Likely to Try Illicit Drugs as Young Adults

High IQ at age 5 or 10 linked to raised risk of illegal drug use by age 30, study finds