Brain Health News

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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

1/20/2011
Rep. Giffords Standing Up, Set to Begin Rehab Friday

Experts heartened by congresswoman's remarkable recovery from gunshot to brain

1/18/2011
Smoking Scenes in Movies Light Up Smokers' Brains

MRI scans show that seeing cigarettes on-screen activates response to cravings

1/18/2011
Stents Show Promise in Treating Brain Blockages

For certain stroke patients, experimental stenting opened clogged artery, study finds

1/18/2011
Progress Reported in Predicting Alzheimer's

Scientists say two methods hold promise for research, but no cure in sight

1/18/2011
Rep. Giffords Continues to Improve

Her husband said she is smiling, and gave him a neck rub

1/17/2011
Poverty May Keep Kids From Full Genetic Potential

Study finds disparities between rich, poor show up by age 2

1/17/2011
Friends a Big Influence on Grades in Middle School: Study

'Pro-social' crowd does better, especially when avoiding troublemakers, findings show

1/17/2011
Rep. Giffords Continues to Improve

Her husband said she is smiling, and gave him a neck rub

1/16/2011
Rep. Giffords Has Surgery to Replace Breathing Tube

Operation and insertion of feeding tube are described as common with brain injuries

1/16/2011
Sense of Touch May Influence Gender Perception

Notions of tough, tender may have some bodily truth, researchers say

1/14/2011
Brain Scans Show Married Love Can Last

Imaging finds brains of longtime passionate couples light up just like newly in-love pairs

1/13/2011
Rep. Giffords Continues to Recover From Gunshot Wound

When she first opened her eyes, it was like 'watching a miracle,' friends say

1/12/2011
Your Dog May Be Smarter Than You Know

Border collie learned names of more than 1,000 objects, researchers say

1/12/2011
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Can Move Arms, Breathe On Her Own

Wounded Congresswoman reported to be alert and responding to her doctors

1/12/2011
Infants Process Words Much Like Adults, Study Finds

They have the same neural machinery for understanding language, researchers say

1/11/2011
Wounded Congresswoman Breathing on Her Own: Report

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said to be alert and responding to her doctors

1/10/2011
While Doctors Are Optimistic, Prognosis for Wounded Congresswoman Is Unclear

It could be a year before extent of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery is evident, experts say

1/10/2011
Health Tip: Help Prevent a Concussion

Contact sports are a common cause of brain injury

1/10/2011
Prozac May Speed Physical Rehabilitation After Stroke

Study shows an effect, perhaps due to boost in serotonin, experts say

1/7/2011
Gestures May 'Shape' Thoughts

Study found using hands to describe a task cemented knowledge of it

1/7/2011
Healthy Brain Development May Be a Matter of Timing

Study in worms finds far-reaching effects for early connections between cells

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

Study probes what prompts people to make the decisions they do