Brain Health News

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4/30/2008
Drinking Dampens Ability to Feel Fear

Brain scans illustrate biological reason why alcohol can lead to aggression

4/28/2008
Brain Tumor Biomarker May Improve Patient Outcomes

Measuring elevated levels of urine enzyme could lead to earlier detection, treatment

4/28/2008
Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Severely Depressed

Minimally invasive therapy improves symptoms for treatment-resistant patients, study finds

4/28/2008
Eye Cell Implants Improve Parkinson's Symptoms

Small study found measurable gains in those with moderate to severe disease

4/28/2008
An Alternative to Medicinal Marijuana

Nerve agents stimulated cannabinoid receptors in mice, offering pain relief without side effects

4/25/2008
When It Comes to Memory, It's All About Location

Proteasomes that control protein levels could key future treatments for Alzheimer's

4/24/2008
Study Details New Molecular Approach to Preventing Alzheimer's

The concept calls for targeting an enzyme within brain cells

4/24/2008
'Real World' Examples Don't Make Math Any Easier

Those who learn concepts through abstract cases more likely to retain knowledge, study says

4/24/2008
Money, Praise Similarly Activate Brain's Reward Center

Imaging shows striatum lights up, offering neural explanation for everyday behaviors

4/24/2008
Social Status Plays Role in Brain's Control of Health

Imaging shows where you are in pecking order affects performance, motivation

4/23/2008
Brain Patterns Predict Mistakes

Study shows changes in two regions right before an error is made

4/23/2008
Cell Fusions During Inflammation May Protect Neurons

Surprise finding could lead to new gene therapies for nervous system

4/22/2008
Common Chemotherapy Drug Linked to Memory Problems

'Chemo brain' a routine side effect of treatment with drug 5-fluorouracil, study says

4/18/2008
Gene Therapy in Rats Reduces Cocaine Use

Boosting brain's dopamine receptors could lead to treatments for other addictions as well

4/18/2008
Choices Sap Your Stamina, Self Control: Study

Experiments point to the brain-draining effects of decision-making

4/18/2008
Chronic Exposure to Solvents Disturbs Brain's Wiring

Changes in dopamine receptor density affects memory and psychomotor speed, study says

4/17/2008
Breast-Feeding While on Seizure Meds Doesn't Harm Babies

Study finds no negative impact on children's cognitive development

4/17/2008
Migraines' Frequency Influences Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

But the absolute risk to patients remains very low, expert says

4/17/2008
Prozac Makes Old Brain Cells Young

Research may explain antidepressants' effectiveness

4/11/2008
When a Mind Begins to Disappear: A Young Family's Journey to the Dark Side

'I thought Alzheimer's, I thought gray hair,' says Chicago father of 3 who has early-onset version of disease.

4/9/2008
Researchers Define Mechanism of Methamphetamine Addiction

Changes in brain's dopamine levels could point to more effective treatments of drug abuse

4/9/2008
Professionals Use Drugs to Sharpen Their Minds, Survey Finds

Science journal reports unlikely drugs like Ritalin, Provigil, beta blockers used to boost focus, concentration

4/9/2008
Caffeine May Block High Cholesterol Linked to Alzheimer's

Its ability to stabilize blood-brain barrier may play role in neurological therapies

4/7/2008
Reprogrammed Cells Reduce Parkinson's Symptoms

Rodent studies could lead to therapeutic applications in humans, researchers say

4/7/2008
Fetal Exposure to Substance Abuse Changes Brain Structure

Mom's use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs may affect kids into early adolescence, study shows

4/6/2008
Parkinson's Disrupts Stem Cell Therapy Transplants

Dopamine neurons may not work long-term, as disease causes pathologic changes in cells

4/4/2008
Lowering Blood Pressure Improves Brain Hemorrhage Outcomes

Aggressive action is safe and may cut risk of disability, death, study finds

3/31/2008
Small Brain Lesions More Common Than Thought in Those Over 60

High blood pressure, smoking, genetics determine where they occur

3/28/2008
Smokers at Increased Risk of Aneurysm Recurrence

Yet a third of tobacco users continue the habit after initial coil treatment surgery

3/27/2008
Compulsive Gamblers Don't Learn From Their Mistakes

Study finds they have a mental rigidity that keeps them from folding their cards

3/27/2008
Meditation Can Wish You Well, Study Says

Imaging tests suggest compassion and empathy can be learned traits

3/26/2008
Abdominal Fat Boosts Dementia Risk

Potbellies in midlife may flood brain with toxic substances, researcher says

3/24/2008
Innovative Care Is Helping Iraq War's Injured Survive

Improvements mean 9 out of 10 with serious trauma live, often with little visible damage, surgeons say

3/24/2008
Therapeutic Cloning Works in Mice With Parkinson's

Injecting neurons that were genetic match improved symptoms, avoided rejection

3/21/2008
Gene Linked to Form of Parkinson's Disease

Finding could lead to better understanding of the incurable neurological disorder

3/20/2008
Monkey Brain Gives Clues to Human Interaction

Neurological responses to sexual, social cues may mimic those of people, scientists say

3/19/2008
Artery Plaque Boosts Hispanics' Odds for Stroke

Even a small amount in neck artery quadrupled the risk, study found

3/19/2008
Brain Blood Vessels Grow With Their Own Agenda

Study finds endothelial cells follow a genetic program independent of developing tissue

3/18/2008
Balance in Old Age Tied to Brain Changes

Monitoring white matter levels may assist early identification of walking problems

3/17/2008
1 in 5 U.S. Seniors Struggles With Memory Lapses

Some progress to dementia, while others regain their skills, researchers find

3/17/2008
Umbilical Cord Blood Injections Aid Aging Brains

Rat study shows treatment reduced neuroinflammation affecting memory

3/12/2008
Scientists Spot Biochemical Sign of Depression

Could lead to quick blood test that would show whether an antidepressant is working

3/11/2008
Magnesium May Lower Risk for Some Strokes in Male Smokers

Study suggests eating foods such as whole grains cuts risk of cerebral infarction

3/10/2008
Brain Disease Causes More Vision Loss in Blacks

Intracranial hypertension left patients almost 5 times more likely to become legally blind

3/10/2008
Two Parents With Alzheimer's Raises Child's Risk

Any additional family history boosts odds of getting the disease earlier, study finds

3/7/2008
Memory Loss in Hyperactive State With Alzheimer's

Study suggests brains of patients get stuck in memory-deletion mode

3/5/2008
Deficit in Brain Function Puts Teens at Risk of Drug Abuse

Frontal cortex at center of ability to control impulsive responses, study finds

3/5/2008
Brain Scans Let Computer 'Read' Visual Activity

Researchers suggest finding could lead to ways to decode the mind for therapeutic purposes

2/29/2008
Babies Really Can Light Up Your Life

Study shows an infant's face sparks a response in the adult brain

2/27/2008
Tysabri May Cause Liver Damage, Health Officials Say

MS drug also used to treat Crohn's disease can show injury in as little as 6 days