Brain Health News

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2/13/2009
College Kids and Monkeys About Equal on Math

It doesn't take language to do numbers, researcher explains

2/13/2009
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Dementia

Exposure may increase risk by 44%, researchers say

2/11/2009
'Near-Wins' Boost Desire to Keep Gambling

Brain sees these as special events, even though result is technically a loss

2/10/2009
New Technology May Boost Artificial Arms

Surgery, computer allow better nerve link to brain, researchers say

2/10/2009
Mediterranean Diet Aids the Aging Brain: Study

Eating plan seems to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment, dementia

2/9/2009
2 Genes Implicated in Autism

Finding might lead to better diagnosis, treatment, study suggests

2/9/2009
Tests Gauge Alzheimer's Patients' Ability to Drive

Doctors need a standardized method to make these tough decisions, experts say

2/8/2009
Brain Protein May Have Potential Against Alzheimer's

Study in animals finds memory improvements and less cell degeneration

2/5/2009
Quick Stroke Treatment Improves Outcomes

Rapid action cuts death rate, costs, length of stay and risk of recurrence, study finds

2/4/2009
Gene Mutation Tied to Majority of Cases of Mental Retardation

Finding might lead to better diagnosis and drug treatments, study says

2/3/2009
Mouse Study Suggests ADHD Drug Might Be Addictive

But expert says finding doesn't apply to patients because doses used were so high

2/3/2009
Insulin May Protect Against Alzheimer's

In lab study, diabetes treatments are found to slow damage

2/2/2009
Education Doesn't Slow Alzheimer's Decline

Large, 14-year study finds no effect, contradicting previous research

2/2/2009
Stroke Drug Might Be a Memory-Booster

Fasudil improved the recall of middle-aged rats, scientists say

1/31/2009
Aggressive Treatment Effective in Kids' Brain Cancer

Newer radiotherapy delivery systems cut dose, side effects after rare disease surgery

1/29/2009
Blood Test for 'Mad Cow' Disease May Be Near

It detects the brain illness in cattle months before symptoms appear, scientists say

1/28/2009
'Time Stamp' in Brain Cells Encodes Memories

New neurons allow events to be recalled from a certain period, study suggests

1/28/2009
Concussion's Effects May Linger for Decades

Attention, memory, physical processes affected 30 years later, study finds

1/28/2009
Gene Discovered for Most Common Form of Epilepsy

The hope is the finding could lead to new treatments for the neurological disorder

1/27/2009
Newborns Feel the Rhythm

Research suggests infants can detect off beats in music

1/26/2009
Cutting Calories May Boost Aging Brains

Memory, thinking improved for those who ate less, study found

1/26/2009
Gene Variant Raises Risk for Brain Cancer at Young Age

But researcher stresses risk is still low

1/26/2009
Hallucinations Are Rare Side Effects of ADHD Medications

Visual or tactile sensations of bugs an uncommon, but possible, reaction, study finds

1/26/2009
Higher Blood Sugar Could Impair Thinking

People with raised glucose scored worse on cognition tests, study found

1/26/2009
Recess Makes for Better Students

Study finds getting enough of it each day helps kids perform better in classroom

1/22/2009
New Brain Hemorrhage Guidelines Stress Quick Action

Hospitals with more expertise handling these attacks also boost survival outcomes

1/20/2009
Simple Exercise Keeps Brain at Top of Its Game

In older women, being more fit helps cognitive function, study shows

1/20/2009
Older Drug Effective in Treating Pediatric Nerve Cancer

Low, short-term doses of DFMO helps prevent disease spread, study finds

1/19/2009
Positive Outlook Cuts Chances of Dementia

New research suggests relaxed, outgoing people less likely to get Alzheimer's

1/16/2009
Saliva Test Could Indicate Autism

Presence of abnormal proteins might be sign of the condition, study says

1/15/2009
Memory Loss Tied to Brain's White Matter

MIT team says cognition suffers as nervous system network decays with aging

1/15/2009
Sleep Apnea Seems to Wear Down the Brain

Repeated blood flow changes may be at the root of higher stroke risk, study says

1/15/2009
Video Game May Help Reduce Flashbacks From Trauma

Colorful shapes in 'Tetris' seem to force competition for brain's sensory data

1/14/2009
Brain 'Switchboard' Separates Learning, Remembering

Recall process appears to suppress ability to absorb new information, imaging study finds

1/14/2009
Brain May Be Wired for Social Conformity

Study says 'error-monitoring' signals keep us from being too different from others

1/13/2009
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains

The same benefit was not seen in infant boys, however

1/12/2009
HRT Shrinks the Brain

But research shows it does not damage cerebral blood vessels in older women

1/12/2009
Photos of Smokers Trigger Brain Reaction in Those Trying to Quit

Imaging study shows why cigarettes are so hard to abandon

1/12/2009
Gene Variant May Hike Women's Risk of Alzheimer's

Men can carry the variation as well, study finds

1/9/2009
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems

Study found impairments were mild, but they could signal later trouble

1/7/2009
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use

Whether low levels would work for ER patients with hypoxia remains unclear

1/7/2009
Family History of Aneurysm Raises Stroke Risk for Smokers

They're 6 times likely to suffer bleeding stroke, study finds

1/6/2009
Brains of Bulimia Patients Wired Differently

Study found regions related to impulse control were less active

1/6/2009
Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Those With Advanced Parkinson's

Study found both physical function and quality of life improved

12/30/2008
Risk-Takers May Lack Ability to Limit Brain Chemical

Finding might lead to new treatments for a variety of addictions, researchers say

12/30/2008
Rising Blood Sugar May Harm the Aging Brain

And exercise might help offset the effect, study suggests

12/25/2008
Honey Bees on Cocaine 'Dance' When Food Is Found

Research backs theory that insects' brain reward system activates pleasure centers

12/24/2008
Sleep Disorder Could Signal Neurological Disease

Finding could help docs spot those at risk for dementia, Parkinson's, researchers say

12/24/2008
Bling Makes Your Brain Sing

'Rewarding' objects receive star status in neurological vision systems, study shows

12/23/2008
Genes Seem to Affect Tissues Differently

Finding may help unravel how diseases form