Brain Health News

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1/6/2011
'Gut Instinct' May Stem From the Heart

Study probes what prompts people to make the decisions they do

1/6/2011
Early Steps Toward an Alzheimer's Blood Test

Different immune system proteins exist in the blood of people with the disease, study finds

1/4/2011
Higher Education May Benefit Some Heart Attack Patients

Among those who suffer a type of attack called STEMI, less schooling tied to worse outcomes

1/4/2011
Tooth Loss May Be Linked to Memory Loss

Gum infection may cause inflammation that affects the brain, researcher suggests

1/4/2011
Pop Star's Use of Salvia Puts Hallucinogen in the Spotlight

Video shows Miley Cyrus smoking herb, which experts say triggers short, intense high

1/3/2011
Soldiers' PTSD Tied to Lasting Psychosocial Effects

Concussions, mild traumatic brain injuries less likely to affect long-term outcomes, study finds

1/3/2011
Studies Decipher How Anti-Smoking Drugs Work

Brain changes spurred by the medications seem to help cut cravings

1/3/2011
Family History of Alcoholism May Raise Obesity Risk

People may substitute one addiction for another to satisfy brain's reward center, findings suggest

12/31/2010
Holiday Drinking Raises Death Toll on U.S. Roads, Experts Warn

Traffic fatalities due to impaired driving jump from 28% to 40% over Christmas, New Year's

12/30/2010
For Many, Sledding Ends in Dash to the ER

Experts offer tips on how to keep kids safe while enjoying winter play

12/29/2010
Researchers Find Links Between Sleep, Anesthesia and Coma

Each might shed light on the other, study authors report

12/27/2010
Epilepsy Found to Be More Common in U.S. Than Thought

Experts urge more research and funding to meet growing needs

12/27/2010
Size of Key Brain Region Linked to Size of Your Social Network

Study found that the amygdala, involved with emotions, may predict number, richness of relationships

12/22/2010
Gene Mutation Found in One of Four Cases of Deadly Brain Cancers

Finding may one day help with targeted therapies for glioblastoma, researchers say

12/21/2010
Kids With Autism May Lack Key Visual Skills, Study Finds

They have difficulty searching effectively for objects in real-life setting, researchers say

12/21/2010
Got a Headache? Your Body May Be Telling You Something

Chronic or sporadic, head pain offers clues to the state of a person's health, experts say

12/20/2010
Brain Imaging May Predict Dyslexia Gains

By analyzing key regions, researchers say they detected which teens could improve reading skills

12/20/2010
Positive Mood Seems to Boost Creativity

Happy people are better able than sad people to think innovatively, study finds

12/20/2010
Do Breast-Fed Baby Boys Grow Into Better Students?

Those nursed at least six months outscored peers at age 10, study found

12/17/2010
Patient Literacy Problems Can Hinder Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Survey found many unfamiliar with common medical terms related to their disease

12/16/2010
Brain Anomaly Leaves Woman Without Fear

Study findings may hold clues to PTSD treatment, researchers say

12/15/2010
Second Brain Death Exam Unnecessary, Study Finds

Families sometimes have to endure an extra day or more of waiting for final diagnosis

12/13/2010
What's Good for Heart May Also Be Good for Brain

High 'good' cholesterol seems to protect against Alzheimer's disease, study finds

12/13/2010
Neighboring Apartments May Expose Kids to Cigarette Smoke

Findings support smoking bans in multi-unit housing, researchers say

12/10/2010
Toys May Shape Language Development

Toddlers with differently shaped objects learned new words more quickly, study found

12/10/2010
Weight Gain Seems to Change the Brain's Response to Food

Over time, overeating slows people's built-in reward systems, expert suggest

12/9/2010
Grades in High School Might Influence Adult Health

Study of people tracked since the 1950s ties better scores back then to less sickness later

12/8/2010
Certain Formulations of Omega-3s Might Help With Depression

A DHA-EPA combo seemed to work, but should never be a patient's only option, experts said

12/8/2010
How MS Affects Kids May Differ by Race

Problems with language, complex attention occur more often in blacks than whites, study finds

12/7/2010
Concussion Symptoms Can Differ for Boys and Girls

Study of high school athletes shows males more often confused, while females may appear drowsy

12/2/2010
New Piece of Alzheimer's Puzzle Identified

Changes in lining of blood vessels appear to contribute to disease, researchers say

12/2/2010
Brain Scan Might Someday Spot Autism

Type of MRI showed structural differences in brain circuitry in males with the disorder

12/2/2010
Working With Pesticides May Affect Memory and More

Study of agricultural workers reveals loss of thinking skills

12/1/2010
Imaging May Reveal Sports-Related Brain Disorder at Early Stage

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is now diagnosed only at autopsy

11/30/2010
Kids Can't Accurately Judge Speed of Approaching Cars: Study

Young children can't tell the speed of a vehicle 5 seconds away and moving faster than 20 mph

11/30/2010
Cell Dysfunction May Play Part in Autism

Mitochondria, energy center of cell, found impaired in some, researchers report

11/30/2010
Acupuncture Really Does Help Relieve Pain: Study

Researchers say it affects perception and processing of discomfort

11/29/2010
Scientists Find Way to Partially Reverse Aging in Mice

Impact on people is unclear at this early stage of research, study author says

11/25/2010
Scientists Seek the Secrets of Sour Taste

Acidic foods' impact on cells brings people that bitter sensation

11/23/2010
Children Born 'Late Pre-Term' More Prone to Low IQ

Risk of attention problems at age 6 also rises for those born between 34 and 36 weeks, study finds

11/22/2010
Better Helmet Design Might Lower Soldiers' Risk for Brain Injury

Scientists say adding face shield dulls impact of blasts

11/19/2010
Young Motorcycle Riders Suffering More Brain Injuries

Tough universal helmet laws needed to protect them, study finds

11/18/2010
Undergrads Who Twitter May Do Better, Study Finds

Social networking seemed to increase student engagement

11/18/2010
Key Brain Area for Vision May Be Organized by Color

Finding in monkeys might further understanding of perception, attention, researchers say

11/16/2010
For Teen Boys, Heavy Drinking & Impulsivity May Be Vicious Circle

Early use of alcohol could weaken impulse control, leading to more boozing, study suggests

11/15/2010
Early 'Pot' Use May Harm Brain More: Study

Smoking before age 16 tied to greater executive function problems

11/15/2010
Brain Organizes Itself for Introspection as Children Age: Study

Scans show how activity in disparate neurological regions coalesces as kids mature

11/12/2010
Sleep Apnea May Shrink Brain's Gray Matter: Study

But research finds changes somewhat reversible with early detection, treatment

11/11/2010
Happiness Is a Focused Mind

When people's minds wandered, they reported more dissatisfaction, study found

11/11/2010
Math Skills Boost Couples' Financial Worth: Study

How well married partners score on tests of 'numeracy' seems to affect household wealth