Brain Health News

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What's Good for Your Heart Is Good for Your Brain

Neurosurgeon offers advice for protecting the brain from injury, disease

Single Gene Linked to Evolution of Human Brain

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

Can Hormone Therapy or the Pill Prevent Brain Aneurysms?

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

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

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

Secondhand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Craving

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

Socializing May Keep Elderly Minds Sharp

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

Brains of Autistic Kids Still Larger at Age 4, 5

Study suggests enlargement might occur at around 1 year

Exercising While Learning Boosts Test Scores, Study Finds

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

Monkey See, Monkey Remember

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

Shared Social Status Boosts Brain Activity, Research Shows

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

No Long-Term Effects Seen From Anesthesia in Infancy

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

Don't Blame Memory for Trouble Switching Tasks

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

Being 'Housebound' Linked to Alzheimer's in Elderly

But finding may be an effect, rather than a cause, of damaging brain changes, researchers say

Do IQ Tests Measure More Than Intelligence?

Study finds motivation also plays a big role in the results

Music Training May Help Keep Aging Brain Healthy

Older people with the most musical experience scored highest on cognitive tests, study shows

Meditation May Help Brain Block Out Distractions

Study focuses on a brain wave known as an alpha rhythm

Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals

Children, pregnant women inadequately safeguarded from hazardous compounds, experts say

Focusing on One Thing May Blind People to the Obvious

Study examines how low working-memory capacity may put drivers at risk when talking on cell phones

Many With Autism Also Have Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy: Study

Their seizures also tend to start earlier in childhood, research suggests

Genes May Affect Whether People Heed Advice

With certain mutations, suggestions overrule experience, study finds

Depression Common After Brain Injury

About 30 percent of brain-injured people suffer depression, study finds

Alzheimer's Cases Could Double With New Guidelines: Expert

Although progression to dementia isn't inevitable, mild cognitive impairment now classified as Alzheimer's

Hungover Surgeons Make More Mistakes: Study

In simulated surgeries, students and experts who drank excessively the night before performed more poorly

Wrestlers' Quick Weight Loss May Cause Mental Confusion

Loss of 4% or more of body mass could affect decision-making, researchers say

Having Both Autism and Epilepsy Linked to Raised Death Rates

Study found nearly 40% of brain tissue donors with autism also had epilepsy

Why Someone Else's Gaffe Makes You Cringe

Vicarious embarrassment, a form of empathy, has its roots in brain, researchers say

Inability to Spot Lies, Sarcasm May Warn of Dementia

Finding could help improve diagnosis, treatment, researchers say

New RX for Large Brain Aneurysm

Treatment for bulge in an artery wall

Brain May Shrink in Decade Before Alzheimer's Symptoms Appear

Although study participants had no memory problems at first, the disease had taken a foothold

Experts Call for Twist on Football Helmet Design

Aim would be for a redesign to better prevent brain bleeding

Abusive Head Trauma in Infants Doubled During Recession: Study

Financial stress may trigger violent behavior toward babies, researchers say

Scientists Complete Detailed Map of Human Brain

It shows 1,000 anatomical sites, myriad of genetic details, researchers say

Brisk Walk Can Boost Blood Flow to the Brain: Report

Older women benefited from aerobic activity, 30-50 minutes, 3-4 times per week, small study found

What Happens When Kids Born Blind Gain Sight?

Brain doesn't make connection between seeing and touching right away, small study finds

New Pill for MS Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

Experimental medication slowed the rate of brain atrophy and disease progression and relapse, study found

Multitasking Just a Bit Tougher for Older People: Study

But the difference in distractability, compared to the young, isn't huge

People With Epilepsy More Prone to Brain Tumors: Study

Seizures may signal presence of early tumor that hasn't been detected, researchers say

Liberals, Conservatives May Have Different Brain Structures

Researchers find divergence in neurological areas linked to openness, anxiety

Early Response to Alcohol May Predict Later Drinking Behavior

Heavy use more likely if the brain responds to the substance as a stimulant, study suggests

Scientists Use Computer to 'Read' Human Thoughts

Technology could help disabled patients relate to world around them, findings suggest

Long-Term Ecstasy Users at Risk for Brain Damage, Study Warns

Scans showed 10% smaller volume in the hippocampus, area critical to learning and memory

Study Probes Potential Link Between Welding, Parkinson's Disease

Lifetime manganese exposure might alter brain chemical, but tie to actual illness unclear, researchers say

Blood Marker Suggests Severity of Alzheimer's Disease

But study found it did not serve as warning sign of impending illness

Inner Ear Can 'Store' Recent Sounds, Study Finds

Vibrations in the ear continue briefly after a sound has ended, researchers say

Brains of People with Autism Focus More on Visual Skills

This means less activity in areas used for planning and decision making, but the brain adapts, researchers find

Early Brain Therapy May Help Movement in Dystonia Patients

For those with the muscle disorder, the sooner deep brain stimulation is started the better, study says

Longer Breast-Feeding May Be Key to Bigger Brains

Link applies to mammals, offering more support for the practice in humans, researchers say

Romantic Rejection May Hurt Just Like Physical Pain

Study finds your brain reacts similarly to both kinds of trauma

Seeing Others Scratch Can Trigger Your Own Itch

'Contagious itching' similar to 'contagious yawning,' researchers say

Brain Stimulation Might Help Stroke Patients With Swallowing Problems

Small, preliminary study found electrical therapy led to improved function in patients