Brain Health News

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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

7/19/2011
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

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