Brain Health News

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4/8/2011
People With Epilepsy More Prone to Brain Tumors: Study

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

4/8/2011
Liberals, Conservatives May Have Different Brain Structures

Researchers find divergence in neurological areas linked to openness, anxiety

4/7/2011
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

4/7/2011
Scientists Use Computer to 'Read' Human Thoughts

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

4/7/2011
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

4/6/2011
Study Probes Potential Link Between Welding, Parkinson's Disease

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

4/5/2011
Blood Marker Suggests Severity of Alzheimer's Disease

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

4/5/2011
Inner Ear Can 'Store' Recent Sounds, Study Finds

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

4/4/2011
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

3/31/2011
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

3/30/2011
Longer Breast-Feeding May Be Key to Bigger Brains

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

3/28/2011
Romantic Rejection May Hurt Just Like Physical Pain

Study finds your brain reacts similarly to both kinds of trauma

3/28/2011
Seeing Others Scratch Can Trigger Your Own Itch

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

3/25/2011
Brain Stimulation Might Help Stroke Patients With Swallowing Problems

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

3/22/2011
Steroid May Help Cut Pneumonia Risk After Brain Trauma

Hydrocortisone seemed to benefit ICU patients with traumatic brain injury, small study finds

3/17/2011
Rat Study Sheds Light on How Alcohol Affects Young Brain

Drinking at an early age may have long-lasting repercussions for decision-making, risk-taking

3/17/2011
Gene Therapy May Help Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms

Experimental treatment linked to a decline in tremors; no serious side effects, small study finds

3/16/2011
Brains of Phonetics Experts Differ From Those of General Public

Some differences probably due to training, but others present at birth, study suggests

3/14/2011
Stroke More Likely in People With Retinal Disease

Study finds nearly double the rate with vascular disease called RVO

3/14/2011
Mental Decline May Start Years Before Alzheimer's

People who don't register rapid losses not likely to develop the disease, study suggests

3/10/2011
Animal Study May Explain Low Birth Weight-Obesity Link

Research suggests brain may be programmed to eat more in those malnourished before birth

3/9/2011
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's

Study suggests benefits for light to moderate daily drinking

3/9/2011
Lost DNA May Have Made Us More Human

The vanished snippets of genetic code may account for human's large brains, spineless penis, researchers say

3/9/2011
As Peer Pressure Increases, So Does Brain's Ability to Resist It

Adolescents' brain wiring gears up just as risky behavior approaches, researchers report

3/8/2011
Sleep Deprivation May Encourage Risky Decisions

Late-night gamblers should beware, researchers suggest

3/8/2011
Genes May Affect Severity of Drug Addiction

Finding may someday influence treatment decisions, researcher says

3/8/2011
Brain's Learning Ability Seems to Recharge During Light Slumber

Those who sleep less than 6 hours a night 'shortchanging' themselves, study says

3/7/2011
Irregular Heart Beat Plus Stroke May Increase Dementia Risk

But study did not link atrial fibrillation to impaired thinking in patients without stroke

3/4/2011
Scientists Use Stem Cells, Skin Cells to Create Brain Cells Lost to Alzheimer's

Breakthrough should be boon to research, but therapeutic uses still decades away, experts say

3/3/2011
Particular Brain Rhythm in Sleep Makes You More Vulnerable to Disturbances

Study finds people more likely to wake up when alpha rhythm is strongest

3/3/2011
Scary Events Might Also Activate Brain's Reward Center

Mouse study suggests a mechanism for 'thrill-seeking' behavior in humans

3/2/2011
Ibuprofen Linked to Lower Parkinson's Disease Risk

New research strengthens association, but more study is needed, experts say

2/28/2011
Alzheimer's Risk Looks Higher if Mom Had the Disease

Brain scans of dementia-free adults revealed more atrophy in those whose mothers had the disorder

2/28/2011
With a 'Third Arm,' It's the Thought That Counts

Making the brain think a prosthetic is person's real limb could help in stroke recovery, scientists say

2/25/2011
Standard Exams Might Not Catch Full Potential of Brain Damaged Patients

MRI study found cognition levels varied widely in patients with severe brain injuries

2/24/2011
Most 'Locked-In Syndrome' Patients Happy, Survey Finds

'Subjective well-being' may help those with inability to move or speak, researchers suggest

2/23/2011
Autopsies Reveal Alzheimer's Often Misdiagnosed

About half do not have sufficient numbers of brain lesions to confirm the disease, study finds

2/22/2011
Cell Phones Affect Areas of the Brain, Study Shows

But experts don't yet know if effect is harmful

2/22/2011
Brain's Electrical Activity May Help Spot Infants at High Risk for Autism

EEGs plus computer analysis detected subtle pattern differences the human eye might miss

2/21/2011
High Cholesterol, Hypertension May Harm Memory in Middle Age

Study finds link between cardiovascular disease and lower scores on mental skills tests

2/18/2011
British Study Finds No Link Between Cell Phones, Brain Tumors

There's been no increase in the cancers since the technology's spread in 1990s

2/18/2011
Bilingualism Seems to Boost Brain Power

Navigating two languages exercises the mind, researchers report

2/18/2011
Using Cell Phones Might Evoke Emotions, Study Suggests

Typing in certain number sequences triggered feeling of corresponding word in user's mind

2/17/2011
Warm Weather May Cloud Thinking in MS Patients

Cognitive functioning better in cooler months, study suggests

2/17/2011
Brain Appears to Be a 'Task Machine,' Researchers Say

Sighted and blind people showed similar areas of brain activation when reading

2/16/2011
Placebo Effect May Work in Reverse

With 'nocebo' effect, pain levels rose as patients' belief in painkiller fell, study found

2/16/2011
'Talk Therapy' Can Alter Brain Activity, Research Shows

Physical changes occur in brains of social anxiety patients receiving psychotherapy

2/15/2011
Study Links MS to Brain Chemical Deficiency

Low levels of noradrenaline may stem from damage to specific area of brain

2/14/2011
Hand Movements May Give Clues to ADHD Severity

But some experts question the usefulness of the study findings

2/14/2011
Berries May Offer Sweet Protection Against Parkinson's Disease

They're rich in an antioxidant that seems to shield men and women from the illness, study finds