Brain Health News

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5/6/2009
Delirium Episodes Could Hasten Alzheimer's-Linked Decline

Extreme confusion is often tied to surgery, anesthesia, experts note

5/5/2009
Genetics Linked to How Brain 'Frames' Choices

And its response to a positive or negative view could be partly hereditary, study finds

5/4/2009
Brain Anatomy Could Point to Autism

These children tend to have larger amygdala, a neural center for emotion

5/4/2009
Early Alzheimer's Hinders Brain's Effort to Sort Information

Finding may encourage docs to 'train' patients to recall important facts

5/1/2009
Can't Control Junk Food Cravings? Blame the Brain

Study attributes level of willpower to cerebral differences

4/29/2009
Remembrance of Fat May Be at Root of Cravings

Once a survival tool, ability could be making people today fat, expert says

4/29/2009
Imaging IDs Brain Neurons With Preference for Real Words

Finding could boost understanding of what causes reading disabilities

4/29/2009
Tysabri May Treat Myelin Sheath Damage From MS

Drug makers' study finds therapy has capacity to repair nerve fiber damage

4/28/2009
Brain-Computer Interface Posts Message on Twitter

Electrical signals ID letters for texting, giving home-bound a way to communicate, team says

4/22/2009
Painkillers May Not Protect Against Dementia

Contrary to prior research, study finds older people taking NSAIDs more likely to suffer decline

4/22/2009
Binge Drinking May Damage Teens' Brains

'White matter' impairment could mean a 10% decline in information recall, scientists say

4/21/2009
Resuscitated Newborns at Risk for Lower IQs

Even infants without neurological symptoms have higher chance of problems, researchers say

4/17/2009
Jet Lag Upsets Brain's Internal Clocks

Finding could fine-tune treatments for sleepy travelers and shift workers, study suggests

4/15/2009
Fetal Exposure to Methamphetamine May Harm Child's Brain

Scans show neurological differences in toddlers born to drug abusers

4/15/2009
Brain Scans Reveal Secrets of 'Writer's Cramp'

Condition may arise from abnormalities in nerve fiber bundles, scientists say

4/15/2009
More Options for Less Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery

Advances in micro-instrumentation offer doctors choice of 'keyhole' procedures

4/14/2009
Severe Low Blood Sugar Ups Older Diabetics' Dementia Risk

Study finds being hospitalized for hypoglycemia linked to mental decline

4/14/2009
E-Communication Might Be Outpacing Emotion

Experiences that evoke compassion take longer to develop, study finds

4/9/2009
Three Drinks a Day Doubles Risk of Tremor

And odds increase with each additional year of daily consumption, study finds

4/7/2009
Pathway to Wisdom May Be Found in Brain Circuitry

The common traits of wisdom appear to follow a universal path in the brain

4/3/2009
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains

Levels of the toxin in leg bones are tied to poorer scores on cognitive tests

4/3/2009
Scientists Uncover New Weapon Against Huntington's

Treatment could save brain cells from ravages of neurodegenerative disease

4/2/2009
Brain Cells Give New Clues to Alzheimer's

Protein plaques disperse a free radical that can damage neurons, scientists say

4/2/2009
Drug Improves Survival in Mice With Brain Tumors

Cediranib reduces tissue swelling better than steroids, team says

4/1/2009
Researchers Test Lithium as Radiation Protector

Study in mice hints at possible use in brain cancer treatment

4/1/2009
Protein-Folding Problem May Help Spur Alzheimer's

Finding could lead to new target for disease therapy, researchers say

3/25/2009
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight

Favorite melodies encourage brain healing, study suggests

3/25/2009
Brain 'Thinning' May Indicate Susceptibility to Depression

Cognitive problems also might be linked to right hemisphere thickness, study finds

3/24/2009
Gulf War Syndrome May Stem From Chemical Exposure

U.S. researchers find brain function problems in ill veterans

3/24/2009
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple

Experts urge greater investment in research to stem 'crippling' expenses

3/23/2009
Electrical Signal in Brain Seems to Warn of 'Mistakes'

Finding may help in kids with ADHD, workers under stress

3/23/2009
Study IDs Gene Variants Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death

Finding could prevent fatal arrhythmias by limiting meds in those with risk factor

3/20/2009
Human Brain Works Between Order and Chaos

Finding could lead to new treatments for cognitive disorders, researchers say

3/19/2009
Yale Lab Discovers New Gene-Based Syndrome

Mutation affects kidneys, brain and inner ear, study finds

3/19/2009
Natasha Richardson Died From Head Trauma: Autopsy

'Epidural hematoma' is a blood clot between the brain and the skull

3/19/2009
'Good Feelings' From Alcohol Only Come With Fewer Drinks

Rat study suggests pleasurable endorphin release ends as drinking gets heavier

3/18/2009
Brain Hemorrhage Might Explain Natasha Richardson's Death

Symptoms can take time to progress and cause irreversible damage, doctors say

3/17/2009
Musicians' Brain Waves Are Also in Tune

Study shows guitarists' minds in sync as they perform together

3/16/2009
Taser Stun Guns Can Cause Brain Injury

Case of an injured policeman outlines the danger, researchers say

3/16/2009
Alzheimer's Tied to Shrinkage in Brain Area

Loss of cells in the hippocampus predicts who'll get the disease, study shows

3/16/2009
Alzheimer's Drug May Someday Help Head Trauma Victims

Finding may prevent long-term harm that often follows brain injury, researcher says

3/13/2009
Mental Exhaustion Impedes Physical Performance

Researchers say finding could serve as model for diagnosing chronic fatigue

3/12/2009
Brain Scans Shed Light on Dyslexia

Mismatch occurs between seeing letter and the sound it represents, study suggests

3/11/2009
Malaria Drug Doesn't Boost Survival Odds With Prion Diseases

Oral quinacrine showed no benefit for brain-wasting disorders such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob

3/9/2009
Combo Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumor May Lengthen Life

Study finds longer-term survival benefit with chemo and radiation

3/5/2009
Older Adults Get Drunk Faster Than Younger Drinkers

Yet most report not feeling impaired, researchers say

3/3/2009
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease

Neurons seek input from undamaged areas to compensate, study finds

2/27/2009
Even Mild Strokes Can Do Harm

But many people ignore the 'whisper' of trouble

2/27/2009
Take Note: Doodling Can Help Memory

It actually keeps us on track with boring tasks, study suggests

2/26/2009
Alzheimer's Plaques More Complex Than Thought

They affect neurons and nervous system cells that support brain function, study finds