Brain Health News

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10/14/2011
Foundation Aims to Raise Awareness of Brain Diseases

American Academy of Neurology Foundation marks 20th anniversary with call for research support

10/14/2011
Protein May Help Spot Newborns With Brain Damage

Doctors already track GFAP levels to measure brain injury in adults

10/14/2011
For Many, Epilepsy Surgery Effective Long-Term

Almost half of patients are seizure-free 10 years later, study finds

10/12/2011
Preemies With Faster Brain Growth May End Up Smarter

British study found growth rate of the cortex predicted scores on intelligence tests

10/11/2011
10/10/2011
After Stroke, Crossed Legs a Welcome Sign

Patients who crossed their legs within 15 days functioned better a year later, study shows

10/7/2011
Winning May Take All Your Brain Power

All areas of brain activate when playing games, study finds

10/6/2011
More Kids Treated for Concussions in ERs: CDC

Increased awareness of traumatic brain injury may be driving this trend, researchers say

10/5/2011
Gauging General Health as 'Poor' May Point to Dementia Risk

Study suggests it might be a predictor, but one expert says more research is needed

10/4/2011
MRI Study Unfolds Clues to Memory

Those lacking structural fold in front of the brain were more likely to have faulty recollections

10/4/2011
Learn While You Sleep: New Way to Multitask?

Students who improve their sleep habits may improve their academic performance, researchers say

10/4/2011
Stress May Affect Preemies' Brains, Study Shows

Intensive-care stressors range from diaper changes to invasive procedures

10/4/2011
Older Dads Can Pass on Gene Mutations That Lower Intellect

Study suggests changes in chromosomes may account for some cases, especially in older fathers

10/3/2011
Rest Assured, Parents, Teens Really Do Get Smarter With Time

Older teens faster at math, vocabulary and problem-solving than younger ones, study shows

9/30/2011
Small Study Links Surgery and Anesthesia With Alzheimer's

Post-op changes in cerebral spinal fluid may indicate progression of brain disease, experts say

9/30/2011
Yawning May Help the Brain Chill Out

The purpose of yawning is hotly debated, but new study suggests people yawn to cool the brain

9/29/2011
Brain Continues to Develop Beyond Adolescence

Life experiences of young adulthood, such as going to college and starting careers, may drive the changes, researchers say

9/29/2011
Singing May Help Some Stroke Victims Regain Speech

More study needed to see if rhythm and formulaic phrases could lead to improved speech therapies

9/29/2011
Abnormal Protein May Explain Loss of Smell With Alzheimer's

The protein kills nerve cells in the nose, animal study finds

9/29/2011
'Magic Mushroom' Compound Triggered Positive Personality Change in Study

Sixty percent of volunteers became more 'open' -- and stayed that way for more than a year

9/28/2011
Study Suggests Link Between Sleep Deprivation, Alzheimer's Risk

Body seems to use brain's downtime to clear away disease-related material, researchers say

9/28/2011
Number of U.S. Kids on ADHD Meds Keeps Rising

But the rate of increase has slowed considerably since 1990s, study authors note

9/26/2011
Could Too Little Vitamin B-12 Shrink the Aging Brain?

Deficiency may affect thinking skills, but not enough evidence to advise supplements, experts say

9/22/2011
Scientists Reconstruct the 'Movies in Our Minds'

Using MRI scans and computers, they interpreted brain patterns as people watched film trailers

9/21/2011
Quitting Smoking Could Give Memory a Boost

Those who light up have more problems remembering tasks, small study suggests

9/20/2011
Can Fatty Acids in Breast Milk or Formula Make Kids Smarter?

Studies find benefits at 14 months and about 10 years

9/19/2011
Brains of Obese May Crave High-Calorie Foods More: Study

Finding might explain why overweight people stay that way, researchers suggest

9/16/2011
Research Reveals Why Hungry People Get Cranky

Stress, hunger trigger fluctuating levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain, scans show

9/15/2011
Problem Drinking Linked to Brain Damage

It damages very areas critical to quitting drinking, research shows

9/13/2011
Brain Blood Flow Abnormalities Persist in Gulf War Vets

Brains scans show that for some vets, the disorder may have gotten worse

9/8/2011
New X-Rays Offer Clues on Evolution of the Human Brain

Shape of ancient fossil consistent with gradual reorganization in frontal brain, researchers say

9/7/2011
Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain: Study

Brain flexibility lasts longer when more than one language is spoken at home, research shows

9/6/2011
Seizure Disorder Diagnosed Later in Veterans Than Civilians: Study

Vets with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures may go 5 years without diagnosis, researchers say

9/2/2011
Brain Scans Show Distinct Traits in Kids With Autism: Study

Gray matter is organized differently, researchers find

9/1/2011
Old-Age Tremors May Be Caused by Brain Lesions

But current technology does not pick up microscopic abnormalities, researcher says

8/30/2011
Effects of Combat Stress May Not Last as Long as Thought

Brain scans found evidence of possible PTSD dissipated 18 months after service

8/29/2011
Some Older Americans Overwhelmed by Medicare Options, Study Says

Those experiencing mental decline may have the most trouble sorting through the options

8/29/2011
Use Caution in Ending Life Support for Brain-Injured, Experts Say

Study found that the rate of these crucial decisions varied between hospitals

8/25/2011
Calcified Plaque in Arteries May Be Tied to Stroke, Dementia Risk

Study finds biggest threat to carotid arteries, which are closest to the brain

8/24/2011
Sophisticated Scan May Spot Seeds of Alzheimer's Risk

Finding could be important when treatments become available, experts say

8/22/2011
Team Decisions Better for the Weary

Group of tired people can make better choices than a tired individual, researchers report

8/19/2011
Moms' Depression Affects Kids' Brain Structure, Scans Show

Brain area tied to emotions larger in children of mothers with lifelong symptoms of depression

8/19/2011
People Appear to Dream While in Minimally Conscious State

They have same brain activity and eye movements as healthy people while sleeping, study finds

8/16/2011
Moderate Drinking May Help Prevent Alzheimer's, Other Dementia

Lower risk of brain impairment seen in those who enjoy alcohol, but don't overdo it, review finds

8/15/2011
More Evidence That Alcohol Hinders Good Sleep

In heavier drinkers especially, a nightcap may lead to insomnia, researchers say

8/15/2011
More Evidence Tanning Beds May Be Addictive

In the presence of UV radiation, reward centers in the brains of 'tanorexics' lit up, study found

8/15/2011
Story 'Spoilers' May Boost Enjoyment

Readers seem to prefer books when the introduction gives away the ending, study shows

8/11/2011
Alzheimer's Harder to Detect in the Very Old

Brain scans in those aged 60 to 75 with the disease were more definitive than brain scans of those 80 and older

8/11/2011
Like Those in Humans, Baby Chimps' Forebrains Immature

White matter increases, but not at the same rate as human infants, study finds

8/9/2011
Survivors of Brain Hemorrhage May Experience PTSD

One-third who survive bleeding in brain event may benefit from treatment for traumatic stress