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Depression After Heart Attack Tied to Brain Changes

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

No Link Between Childhood Infections, Autism

Study of 1.4 million Danish children finds no connection

Obesity Behind Rise of 'Phantom' Brain Tumors in Children

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

When Your Mind Wanders, You Blink More

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

Brain Develops Differently in Fragile X Syndrome

MRI scans reveal anatomical alterations in children with genetic disorder

Surgery for Treatable Dementia Might Also Help in Alzheimer's

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

Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression

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

An Underlying Cause for Psychopaths?

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

Scientists Find Cause of Involuntary Mirror Movements

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

Adding Surgery to Meds May Improve Life With Parkinson's

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

New Finding Could Mark Shift in Alzheimer's Research

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

Typical Male Behavior Comes From Estrogen, Too

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

Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain

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

Test Spots Potential Organ Donors Among Coma Patients

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

Better Teachers Make for Stronger Young Readers

Twins' study shows quality instruction helps kids achieve their potential

Dreams Could Give Learning a Boost

Subjects who dreamed about video game did better playing it a second time

'Brain Games' Do Not Make You Smarter

British study found no evidence that popular computer games helped in any way

Gene Variant Linked to Thinking Skills in Elderly

Discovery may lead to new treatments for age-related memory loss, research suggests

Morphine May Protect Brains of People With HIV

Painkiller produces protein that inhibits disease-related dementia, study finds

Robot-Aided Therapy Can Help Patients Years After Stroke

Adding 'power-steering' to exercises improved movement, quality of life, researchers say

Brain Area That May Delay Need for Gratification Found

Vividly imagining the future helped people wait for rewards, study finds

Multitasking Has Its Limits

Study shows brain can only perform two complicated jobs at one time

Missing DNA Linked to Wide Range of Epilepsy Disorders

Finding may help reveal what predisposes someone to the disorder, researcher says

Treatment Eases Involuntary Laughing, Crying Tied to Alzheimer's, MS

Calming the condition can greatly improve patients' quality of life, experts note

New Alzheimer's Gene Identified

People with variant have almost double the risk of developing dementia, study finds

Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk

Eating salads, nuts, tomatoes and poultry lowered the odds, researchers say

Docs Issue Guidelines for Drivers With Dementia

Memory test, input from family best gauge for who's no longer safe on the road

Antidepressants May Ease Damage From Stroke

Study found neuron growth, known to be promoted by such drugs, helped mice recover

Shyness May Be Rooted in Brain Processing

Scans show sensitive and non-sensitive folks process input differently

Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, But Causes Unclear: Report

IOM panel believes genetic studies may reveal why soldiers from 1991 conflict suffer today

Brain Glitch May Raise Some Girls' Odds of Depression

Study finds neural deficit in processing rewards and pleasure

With Age Comes Wisdom: Study

Seniors better able to see other points of view and seek compromise to smooth social conflicts

Working-Memory Gene Linked to Schizophrenia

Communication breakdown within brain disrupts executive functioning, researchers note

Powerful People Often Too Optimistic About Task Time

Many underestimate how long it takes to get things done, research shows

For Vast Majority, Driving and Cell Phones Don't Mix

Only small percentage, dubbed 'supertaskers,' can do both safely, study finds

Blood Gives Clues to 'Executive Thinking' Problems

High levels of C-reactive protein may affect decision-making and self-control

Scientists Tweak Subjects' Brains to Alter Their Moral Choices

Experiment helps show how and where these decisions are made

Junk Food 'Addiction' May Be Real

In study of rats, the more fattening foods they ate, the more they wanted

New Sensors Stick to Organs to Monitor Health

Pliable electronic devices already tracking heart function in pigs, scientists say

Brain's 'Moral Outrage' Center Pinpointed

People with damage to a neural center for emotions don't get angry at would-be criminals, study finds

Brain Function May Drop Quickly Before Alzheimer's

More attention should be paid to early memory loss, expert says

Learning May Be Tougher for the Teen Brain

When puberty hits, mastery of new skills declines, but research in mice might lead to a solution someday

Implant Shows Promise for Hard-to-Treat Epilepsy

Pacemaker-like device cut frequency of seizures in study participants

Repeated Anesthesia May Hamper Children's Learning Ability

Swedish researchers say loss of stem cells in the hippocampus could be to blame

There's More to Mona Lisa Than Her Smile

Elusive expression is only part of her mysterious appeal, study suggests

Mind Reading Moves Closer to Reality

Brain scans beat chance at identifying specific memories, scientists report

Longtime Smokers May Find Protection From Parkinson's

Finding could help unravel mysteries of neurological and motor disease

Do Liberals, Atheists Have Higher IQs?

Study links intelligence test scores with key beliefs and male monogamy

Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Hitting Minorities Hardest

Blacks, Hispanics at much higher risk for the illness, which carries huge price tag, report finds

Sudden Protein Intake Harmful for Some Hospitalized Patients

Syndrome affects those given dietary supplements after not eating for a while, study finds