Brain Health News

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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

2/13/2011
Quick, Simple Test Can Detect Concussion in Athletes

Screening superior to other sideline tests in spotting early signs of brain trauma, researchers say

2/9/2011
Stroke Hospitalizations Up in Teens, Young Adults

But rates are dropping for older men and women

2/9/2011
Could Poor Memory Signal Raised Stroke Risk?

Study found participants who performed worst on recall test were more likely to suffer a stroke

2/9/2011
Gestures May Help the Brain 'See'

Practical application goes from education to art to air traffic control, expert says

2/8/2011
Study Links Brain Molecule to Risk of Major Depression

Researchers suggest connection between genes and stress response

2/8/2011
Processed, Fatty Foods May Dumb Down Your Kids: Study

But healthful diet for toddlers can boost intelligence later on, researchers say

2/4/2011
Bilingual People More Adept at Learning Third Language

Israeli study finds 6th graders who spoke both Russian and Hebrew picked up English more easily

2/4/2011
Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

2/2/2011
Electrical Stimulation of the Brain May Spark Insight

Noninvasive procedure spurred study volunteers to come up with fresh ways to solve a problem

1/31/2011
Brisk Walks May Boost Memory in Older Adults

After one year of exercise, hippocampus region was bigger, study finds

1/31/2011
Odds of Quitting Smoking May Be Clear on Scans

Activity in front part of brain can predict behavior, researchers say

1/30/2011
Seafarers, Gaze at Horizon to Stay Steady

Study finds this trick reduces body sway, and possibly sea-sickness

1/28/2011
Retired NFL Players More Likely to Take Painkillers

Study found use of opioids four times greater than general population

1/28/2011
Psychopaths' Lack of Empathy Mimics Brain Injury: Research

Treatment for frontal lobe damage may also help those with personality disorder

1/27/2011
Discovery May Explain Why Brain Cancer Is So Hard to Treat

Cancer cells remake themselves, circumventing drug treatments, study finds

1/27/2011
Babies Seem to Sense Who's Boss

Study suggests even the youngest understand size predicts social dominance

1/27/2011
Rep. Giffords' Intensive Rehab Under Way

Efforts to help her speak a priority, doctors say

1/26/2011
Rep. Giffords Moved to Rehab Facility

Her condition has been upgraded from 'serious' to 'good'

1/25/2011
Meditation Appears to Cause Changes in Brain's Gray Matter

MRI scans show increased volume in parts of brain linked to empathy, awareness

1/24/2011
Pen Mightier Than Keyboard for Making Imprint on Brain

The act of handwriting activates brain regions that help boost recall, researchers find

1/24/2011
Deep Brain Stimulation Might Ease Tough-to-Treat Hypertension

Doctors stumbled on effect when treating hypertensive man for stroke-linked pain

1/24/2011
Stress of War Spurs Changes in Brain Activity, Study Finds

Scans show that regions that control fear, vigilance, emotion affected by deployment

1/23/2011
Rep. Giffords Set to Begin Rehab in Houston

Doctor notes fluid buildup in her brain might delay start of long road to recovery

1/23/2011
For Safe Sledding, Follow These Tips

Helmets can help prevent serious head injuries, experts say

1/22/2011
Prepare for Concussion Risk in Winter Sports: CDC

Wear protective equipment, get medical help right away for head injury, agency advises

1/21/2011
Study Suggests How Music Fools the Ear

Many masterpieces sound complex but are reduced to simple, pleasurable patterns by the brain, researcher says

1/21/2011
People Appear to Use Senses to Keep Track of Time

Outside stimuli, rather than internal clock, seem to assist in judging passage of time, study suggests

1/20/2011
Experts' Brains Work Differently Than Amateurs'

Study found professional shogi players used unique regions to play the chess-like game