Brain Health News

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6/10/2010
Staph Infection Risk Rises With Brain, Chest Surgeries

These two types of procedures account for most post-surgical cases, study finds

6/10/2010
New Potential Cause of Alzheimer's Disease Detected

Mutant gene tied to brain cell survival is promising research target, scientists say

6/9/2010
Gene Copy Aberrations May Help Drive Autism

Too many, too few copies a hallmark of autistic people's genomes, study finds

6/9/2010
Some Brain Cells Seem to Multitask

Is it a car or a cat? Certain neurons can tell, researchers say

6/7/2010
Experts Revise Guidelines for Determining Brain Death

The keys: coma with a known cause, absence of brain stem reflexes, breathing has permanently stopped

6/7/2010
Secondhand Smoke a Mental Health Hazard?

Study finds association with psychiatric woes, but experts say cause-and-effect isn't proven

6/4/2010
Kids With Down Syndrome Might Get Help Learning

Tests with mice suggest potential avenue for improving mental functioning, researchers say

6/4/2010
Anger Spurs Surprising Changes in the Body

It boosts testosterone and heart rate, but decreases stress hormone levels, researchers find

6/3/2010
More Than Quarter of Stroke Patients Reach ER Within 'Golden Hour'

But many don't get critical clot-busting drug, study finds

6/2/2010
Brain Volume Lost to Anorexia Reversible

Gray matter can rebound after treatment and weight gain, researchers say

6/2/2010
Deep Brain Stimulation Works in Two Sites for Parkinson's Disease

Choice of area to pinpoint can be tailored to individual patients, researchers say

6/2/2010
Grandpa's Decision-Making Skills May Be Just Fine

Risk aversion isn't inevitable part of aging, researchers find

6/2/2010
Coffee's Jolt Just an Illusion?

Study finds regular drinkers need it simply to return to normal state of alertness

5/28/2010
Ultrasound Helps Spot Stroke Risk in Symptomless Patients

Screen may allow doctors to identify those who would benefit from surgery, study finds

5/28/2010
Making Your Way Through the Fog of Chemotherapy

Though accepted as real, 'chemo brain' still befuddles patients and researchers

5/26/2010
Brain Injuries May Lead to Sleep Woes

Low levels of hormone that triggers the need for a night's rest may be the cause, research finds

5/26/2010
Brain Cells May Serve as Clot-Busters

Mice study could have implications for stroke, Alzheimer's disease

5/25/2010
Moderate Drinking May Protect Brain From Alzheimer's

Non-smoking women seem to benefit the most, study finds

5/21/2010
Creativity, Schizophrenia Share Similarities in the Brain

Finding may explain why both groups tend toward unusual thoughts and concepts, researchers say

5/21/2010
Other People's Cell Phone Conversations Really Are Annoying

The brain finds hearing half a conversation more distracting, study shows

5/21/2010
The Science Behind Musical Taste

Studies find harmonic arrangements, rhythm patterns draw listeners in or drive them away

5/19/2010
New Hope for Early Detection of Autism

Brain scans of sleeping toddlers show differences in response to bedtime stories

5/17/2010
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children

Organophosphates may alter chemistry of developing brain, researchers say

5/15/2010
At Any Age, Helmets Make Riding Safer

Cyclists urged to put a lid on brain injuries and deaths

5/14/2010
Dyslexia Linked to Differences in Brain Circuitry

Scans picked up structural variations in critical 'white matter,' researchers say

5/14/2010
Early Treatment With Clot-Busting Drug Best After Stroke

After 4.5 hours, odds for good recovery decline sharply and risk of dying increases, study finds

5/13/2010
Treating Common Irregular Heartbeat Might Also Ward Off Alzheimer's

Atrial fibrillation affects 1 in 20 people over age 65, experts note

5/13/2010
Tibetans' Genes Help Them Thrive at High Altitudes

Researchers isolate unique DNA that help residents cope with lower-oxygen environment

5/12/2010
Caffeine Helps Shift Workers Avoid Mistakes

Jolt of java better than a nap to prevent mistakes, review finds

5/12/2010
Study Challenges Key Autism Theory

Brain scans show neuron system central to communication works normally in people with disorder

5/12/2010
Brain Cell Study Explains 'Eureka' Moment

Neuron activity changed suddenly after rats figured out something new, researchers say

5/12/2010
Talking to Mom by Phone May Relieve a Daughter's Stress

Her voice works as well as a hug in regulating hormones in girls' brains, study finds

5/11/2010
Sickle Cell Disease Tied to Cognitive Difficulties

Lowered blood oxygen levels may be to blame, researchers say

5/11/2010
Women Often Miss Signs of Stroke

Many don't know the facts and don't recognize the symptoms, U.S. survey reveals

5/10/2010
Fluctuating Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk

People who also have high blood pressure are at even greater risk, study finds

5/9/2010
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke

Flavanol triggers protective pathways that shield nerve cells in the brain, study finds

5/7/2010
Depression After Heart Attack Tied to Brain Changes

Longer-term studies needed to see whether psychological or physical symptoms occur first

5/7/2010
No Link Between Childhood Infections, Autism

Study of 1.4 million Danish children finds no connection

5/7/2010
Obesity Behind Rise of 'Phantom' Brain Tumors in Children

Pressure build-up within skull causes chronic pain, experts say

5/6/2010
When Your Mind Wanders, You Blink More

The body reflects what's happening in the brain, research suggests

5/6/2010
Brain Develops Differently in Fragile X Syndrome

MRI scans reveal anatomical alterations in children with genetic disorder

5/4/2010
Surgery for Treatable Dementia Might Also Help in Alzheimer's

Patients may benefit from a shunt used for less common brain condition, research suggests

5/3/2010
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression

Called a gentler form of electroshock, treatment yielded 'watershed' results, researcher says

4/30/2010
An Underlying Cause for Psychopaths?

Lack of empathy similar to those in people with frontal lobe damage, researchers find

4/29/2010
Scientists Find Cause of Involuntary Mirror Movements

Gene mutation impacts how the brain communicates with limbs, researcher says

4/29/2010
Adding Surgery to Meds May Improve Life With Parkinson's

Deep brain stimulation is risky but can be beneficial, researchers say

4/29/2010
New Finding Could Mark Shift in Alzheimer's Research

'Floating' clumps of protein, not plaques, may cause the disease, researchers say

4/28/2010
Typical Male Behavior Comes From Estrogen, Too

Both male and female hormones play role in making men masculine, research shows

4/27/2010
Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain

People who scored highest in adherence to diet least likely to suffer mental decline, study finds

4/26/2010
Test Spots Potential Organ Donors Among Coma Patients

It can predict which are most likely to be good candidates upon death, study finds