Brain Health News

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7/13/2010
Can Self-Hypnosis Help Tourette Patients Control Tics?

Small study finds benefit for young people, but another expert says the research is too preliminary

7/12/2010
New Guidelines Urge Use of MRI Over CT Scan in Stroke Patients

American Academy of Neurology now says diffusion MRI best for detecting blockage

7/12/2010
Could Having a Bigger Head Help Slow Alzheimer's?

Larger brains may have more cells in reserve when the disease strikes, research suggests

7/12/2010
Vitamins D, E Might Help Maintain Brain Health

3 studies show links between levels of the nutrients and odds for dementia, Parkinson's

7/12/2010
'Expecting the Unexpected' Doesn't Always Work, Study Suggests

People primed to see one novel occurrence can still miss others, researchers find

7/7/2010
Brain Changes in MS May Spur Depression

Scans showed shrinkage in areas related to mood, memory, researchers say

7/6/2010
New Alzheimer's Clues Identified

Plasma protein seems linked to disease development and progression, study says

7/2/2010
Prison Games Hint at Psychopathy, Brain Damage: Study

Playing style of diagnosed inmates similar to those with certain type of brain damage, study found

7/2/2010
Errands Tomorrow? Sleep May Help You Remember

Good night's shut-eye helps solidify 'prospective memory,' study finds

6/30/2010
Predicting Alzheimer's Risk in Patients With Cognitive Problems

Abnormal results on memory test, PET scan linked to 12-fold increase in risk, study shows

6/30/2010
Sleep Seems to Fuel Energy Surge in Rats' Brains

Regions needed to function during waking hours got a boost during shuteye, study says

6/30/2010
Exercise May Guard Girls Against Dementia in Senior Years

But researchers stress it's not clear if activity directly lowers risk

6/25/2010
How Brain Organizes Info Doesn't Depend on Sight

Scans revealed that thought processes occurred in same areas for sighted and blind people, study found

6/25/2010
Your Intellect Might Be Reflected in Your Body Symmetry

People with equal measurements on right, left sides tend to be smarter, analysis suggests

6/25/2010
What You Touch May Make You a 'Softie' or Play 'Hard Ball'

In experiments, holding hard, heavy objects tied to tougher attitudes, scientists say

6/24/2010
Scientists Suggest Links Between Personality, Size of Brain Regions

But openness and intellect didn't correspond to any particular brain structure, researchers found

6/24/2010
Brain Stimulation Seems to Boost Language Skills in Alzheimer's Patients

But the research is early and needs to be replicated, experts say

6/23/2010
Study Shows Courage Sparks Certain Parts of Brain

Finding could lead to treatment for fear, researchers say

6/23/2010
Mouse Study Sheds Light on Diabetes-Heart Disease Link

Blood sugar woes may hamper important nerve cell signaling, scientists say

6/17/2010
Iodine Levels a Worry as Salt Use Declines

Pregnant women and infants are of particular concern to thyroid experts

6/17/2010
Rats Appear to Be Born With a Sense of Direction

Building blocks for a navigational system noted in pup brains at birth, researchers say

6/17/2010
Shared Opinions Light Up Brain's 'Reward Center'

Finding your thoughts validated by others brings mental satisfaction, study finds

6/16/2010
Parents Ill-Informed About Kids' Concussion Risks

But most support strict head injury guidelines for school sports, survey shows

6/15/2010
Brain Circuitry May Develop Through Adulthood

Working with mice, researchers detect changes in wiring previously thought to be fixed

6/15/2010
Females May Be Naturally More Prone to Stress: Animal Study

A male-only protein found in rats helps control stress signals in the brain, research shows

6/14/2010
New Clues to Preventing Memory Loss From MS

Mentally active lifestyle can help preserve brain function, researchers say

6/14/2010
Scientists Spot More Genes Related to Alzheimer's

Finding might one day lead to new targets, treatments, researcher says

6/14/2010
Harmless Brain Abnormalities in Kids Pose Disclosure Dilemmas

Doctors need guidelines for discussing anomalies found in 'routine' MRIs, researchers say

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