Brain Health News

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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

11/10/2010
New Tool for Rapid Screening of Dementia Shows Promise

But test scores appears to have a high rate of false positives

11/9/2010
Scientists Use Tarantulas to Explore Human Fear

MRIs showed that videos of the spiders activated many different parts of the brain

11/5/2010
Research Suggests Link Between 'Handedness' and Dyslexia

Finding based on scan of genomes of 192 children with reading difficulties

11/5/2010
Anti-Delirium Drug May Harm Critically Ill Patients

Exelon ineffective, raised risk of death in study

11/5/2010
Vitamin E May Pose Slight Bleeding-Stroke Risk

Study finds one additional hemorrhage for every 1,250 persons taking the supplement

11/4/2010
Teens of Epileptic Mothers May Lag Academically: Study

Taking more than one anti-seizure drug in pregnancy should be avoided if possible, researchers say

11/4/2010
Brain May Be More Developed at Birth Than Thought

Scientists found networks linked to daydreaming were fully formed in newborns

11/4/2010
Electrical Brain Stimulation May Boost Math Skills

Adults did better on tests after painless therapy, but more research needed, experts say

11/4/2010
Sleep Appears to Aid Learning

Shut-eye helped solidify vocabulary for study volunteers

11/4/2010
Good Conversation Can Boost Brain Power, Study Finds

Thinking skills seem to improve with friendly chats, but not from competitive discussions

11/3/2010
Gene Associated With Autism May Alter How Brain Functions

Scans show a 'disconnect' in brain areas linked to language in people with the disorder, researchers say

11/3/2010
Brain Can Compensate for Cognitive Damage

One area makes up for injuries to the memory and attention center, study finds

11/3/2010
Could Anger Make People Want Things More?

Items subliminally tied to the emotion held more allure, researchers found

11/2/2010
Study Unmasks the Biology of Bluffing

Brain scans spot cognitive roots of getting others to believe lies are true

11/2/2010
Brain Difference Found in Smokers

Part of decision-making center less thick than in people who have never smoked, small study finds

11/1/2010
Concussion Should Sideline Athletes: Neurologists

Medical evaluation needed before athlete gets cleared to play, Academy of Neurology advises

11/1/2010
Afinitor Approved for Rare Genetic Disorder

Disorder causes non-cancerous brain tumors

11/1/2010
10/28/2010
Early Humans More Advanced Than Thought

In S. Africa, sophisticated tool-making techniques show up 55,000 years earlier than expected

10/28/2010
Brain's Error-Detection System Demystified

Researchers identify two autonomous feedback loops in 'typo' study

10/28/2010
PTSD Linked to 'Hyperactivity' in Right Brain

Neurons overfiring even when trauma sufferers were relaxed, researchers found

10/26/2010
Brain Deficits Higher in Seniors Who Survive Blood Poisoning

Severe sepsis raises odds of some brain impairment, researchers say

10/26/2010
Scans Show How Hormone Levels Affect Female Brain

Fluctuations during menstrual cycle may influence processing of emotional information, study finds

10/25/2010
NFL Players With Concussions Sidelined Longer: Study

Team physicians appear to have adopted a more 'conservative approach to concussion management,' neurologist says

10/22/2010
Brain's Pleasure Chemical May Explain Men's Higher Alcoholism Rate

Drinking-related dopamine release is greater in males, study finds

10/22/2010
New Moms' Brains May Grow After Childbirth

Effect was greatest in those most enthusiastic about their babies, researchers say

10/21/2010
Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Can Migrate Into Brain

But this is long way away from saying the disease is 'infectious,' experts stress

10/20/2010
Animal Study Explores Potential Gene Therapy for Depression

Adequate levels of a certain brain protein may aid prevention, treatment, researchers suggest

10/19/2010
Study Confirms It: Booze Impairs Decision-Making

Slower reaction times, more errors were linked to higher consumption

10/19/2010
Violent Media Can Desensitize the Minds of Young Males

Study found repeated exposure dampened their reaction to seeing aggression

10/18/2010
New Guidelines Issued for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's

Experts publish consensus with ultimate goal of improving patients' lives

10/18/2010
Can Vitamin B12 Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?

Finnish study hints at a link, but experts call the trial small and preliminary

10/15/2010
Brain Scans May Help Identify Bipolar, ADHD Kids: Study

Accurate diagnosis could lead to more targeted treatments, researchers say

10/14/2010
Practice Tests Really Do Improve Learning: Study

Exams led people to develop more effective keyword memory cues, researchers find

10/14/2010
MRI Might Screen for Autism

It captures abnormal brain patterns in those with the disorder, but advocate questions its potential

10/14/2010
Romantic Love: Nature's Painkiller?

In study of lovesick undergrads, it seemed to squelch pain as much as being distracted

10/13/2010
Walking 6 to 9 Miles a Week May Help Save Memory

Brain's gray matter doesn't seem to shrink with this amount of exercise, study finds

10/12/2010
This Is Your Brain on 'Friends': Study

Key part of prefrontal cortex lights up when discussing friends, but not strangers, researchers find

10/12/2010
Brain Damage May Not Harm Short-Term Spatial Memory After All

But injuries to hippocampus may well hurt long-term memory, experts say

10/11/2010
First Patient Treated in U.S.-Approved Embryonic Stem Cell Trial

Unnamed individual is receiving controversial cells to treat spinal cord injury

10/6/2010
Research Suggests How Brain Compensates in the Blind

Sound and touch get boost from visual cortex in those who cannot see, scans show

10/5/2010
Hypertonic Fluids Don't Seem to Aid Brain Injury Outcome

No benefit from early electrolyte treatment outside hospital in patients who aren't in shock, study finds

10/5/2010
Computer-Aided MRI Might Help Predict Alzheimer's

Swiss researchers say technique can work, but one U.S. expert is skeptical

10/4/2010
1 in 4 HIV Patients Have Neurological Diseases: Study

Problems such as seizures, dementia are major causes of patients' disability, researchers say

10/3/2010
Cancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Memory Problems

40% of patients with history of disease reported forgetfulness, confusion

10/2/2010
Brain Stimulation Can Affect Which Hand You Favor

Further study might help victims of stroke and other brain injuries, researchers say

9/30/2010
Monkey See, Monkey Do Understand

Rhesus display self-awareness when spotting themselves in a mirror, new research shows

9/29/2010
Anti-Inflammatory Helps Treat Bacterial Meningitis: Study

Dutch researchers report that dexamethasone, along with antibiotics, increases survival rates