Brain Health News

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8/29/2008
Alcohol in Early Pregnancy May Prompt Fetal Cell Death

Even a few glasses of wine enough to disrupt normal development, mouse study finds

8/29/2008
Mom's Smoking During Pregnancy Ups Preemie's SIDS Risk

Fetal exposure to cigarette smoke appears to lower breathing recovery, study finds

8/28/2008
Treadmill Workouts Help Stroke Survivors

Function improved even after conventional therapy, study found

8/28/2008
Scientists Track Hourly Changes in Alzheimer's Protein

Recovery from brain injury, not injury itself, associated with increased plaque

8/27/2008
Low Levels of Brain Chemical May Control Appetite

Finding could lead to new drugs in fight against obesity, study says

8/27/2008
Magnesium Sulfate Reduces Threat of Cerebral Palsy

Compound given to women at risk of preterm birth cuts risk in half, study finds

8/26/2008
When Communication Is Lost

Aphasia is like a prison, but new research offers hope of escape

8/22/2008
Computer-Based Method IDs Alzheimer's Protein Structures

Findings hint of new treatments to prevent their formation, MIT study says

8/21/2008
Undecided Voters Not So Undecided After All

Study finds unconscious preferences can predict final outcome

8/18/2008
Antidepressant Use Tied to Poorer Driving

But experts aren't sure if the pills, or underlying depression, are to blame

8/15/2008
Refs May Be Blinded by Red Uniforms

Study of the martial art tae kwondo suggests color can influence decisions

8/13/2008
Physical Frailty Could Predict Alzheimer's Disease

Waning of strength, agility tied to brain damage, even in the absence of dementia

8/13/2008
Blocking Drug-Related Memories May Prevent Relapses

Animal brain receptor study suggests new treatments for addiction in humans

8/12/2008
New Test Scans Beef for Mad Cow Disease

Method enables real-time identification of contaminated tissue, study says

8/12/2008
PET Scans May Help Detect Alzheimer's Brain Plaques

Injectable marker spots deposits, could be used to assess drugs in clinical trials

8/12/2008
Diabetes Onset, Severity Tied to Cognitive Problems

Disease may contribute to neuronal damage, brain atrophy, study suggests

8/7/2008
Death From Febrile Seizure Rare in Children

Even in high-risk cases, Danish study finds rate similar to that of kids in general population

8/7/2008
Protein Key to Brain Rewiring

It sends signals, telling neurons to change connections

8/6/2008
Brain Slow to Judge Fast-Moving Objects Head-On

It builds a statistical model based on what is, in fact, a very unhurried world, study says

8/5/2008
Brain Pathway Yields Clues to Cigarette Addiction

Findings could lead to new therapies to prevent nicotine craving

8/5/2008
Fish May Ward Off Dementia and Stroke

Those rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce risk by 26%, study finds

8/1/2008
Neurons Can Re-Grow in Some MS Lesions

Discovery could yield new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, study says

7/31/2008
Gene Could Boost Stroke Risk for Migraine Sufferers

The variant seems important for those who have headaches with aura, researchers say

7/30/2008
Moms With Alzheimer's May Pass on Risk to Kids

The genetic link isn't there for fathers, researchers say

7/30/2008
Schizophrenia Yields Some Genetic Secrets

Scientists report findings that could someday lead to better treatments

7/30/2008
Brain Mechanism Can Turn Off Trauma of Bad Memories

Molecules that eliminate fear factor could lead to new panic disorder drugs

7/29/2008
Aging Hinders Memory Storage During Sleep

Study in rats suggests brain needs 'experience replay' during slumber

7/29/2008
'Biomarkers' May Help Spot, Track Alzheimer's

A number of molecules in blood and spinal fluid seem likely candidates, researchers say

7/29/2008
'De-Tangling' Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise

Patients' cognition improved as medication rid brain of matted protein, researchers say

7/29/2008
Prostate Cancer Treatment Could Impair Men's Thinking

Hormone deprivation approach seems to affect memory, concentration, study finds

7/28/2008
Rates of Mild Cognitive Impairment Higher Than Expected

More men, women may develop Alzheimer's than previously thought, researchers say

7/28/2008
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Might Help Prevent Alzheimer's

In one study, use of statin medications halved the risk

7/25/2008
Spleen Key Player in Brain's Infection-Fighting Messages

Understanding connection to control immune response may boost sepsis treatment, study says

7/23/2008
Coronary Disease Dulls Cognitive Skills

Large study found the longer person had heart trouble, the worse their performance

7/21/2008
Australian Study Seeks Genetic Roots of Cerebral Palsy

Reseachers to gather 10,000 samples in study of this pregnancy complication

7/18/2008
Suckling Infant Triggers 'Trust' Hormone in Moms

Breast-feeding releases oxytocin, involved in bonding, release of milk in humans, animals

7/18/2008
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Endangers Neurotrophin Levels

These peptides are critical for normal development of the brain, study says

7/18/2008
Research Finds Causal Link Between Ending Drinking, Depression

But giving mice on the wagon an antidepressant restored brain's ability to make new cells

7/18/2008
Alzheimer's Research Brings Progress, Setbacks

Once-promising vaccine fails to ease symptoms, but old drug offers new hope

7/17/2008
Brain Scans Show Heightened Risk for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Found less activity in region that curbs habitual thinking, researchers say

7/16/2008
Empathy Is 'Hard-Wired' in Children's Brains

Scans show young naturally prone to relate to pain in others, study says

7/15/2008
Brain Cancer Vaccine's Immune Response Key to Outcomes

Tumor-altering shot, already in trials, lengthens survival, study finds

7/14/2008
Exercise Might Slow Brain Shrinkage in Alzheimer's Patients

Study found those who were more fit had larger brains

7/11/2008
Aging Brain Can Learn New Tricks

In MRI study, older folks' 'gray matter' grew as they picked up juggling skills

7/10/2008
Common Mechanisms May Contribute to Autism's Mutations

Inherited gene deletions affect developing brain's ability to make neural connections

7/10/2008
Gender Plays Role in Post-Concussion Healing

Females scored worse than males on neurocognitive tests; reason remains elusive

7/7/2008
Baby's Smile Lights Up Mom's Brain

A crying infant didn't evoke same response, study found

7/4/2008
Anxiety, Shyness May Be Long-Lasting Traits

Brain mechanism present early in life predisposes people to worry, study finds

7/3/2008
SIDS Linked to Brain Chemical Dysfunction

Improper regulation of serotonin triggered sudden death in mice, researchers report

7/2/2008
More 90-Plus Women Than Men Prone to Dementia

But far more women live to be that old, study authors note