Brain Health News

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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

7/1/2008
Genes Get Out the Vote

Your DNA may be pushing you to cast a ballot, study suggests

6/27/2008
Staying Social May Keep Dementia at Bay

Study in older women found friends, family helped minds stay sharp

6/26/2008
Unhealthy Meals Dull Older Diabetics' Memory

Antioxidant vitamins counter cognitive decline, but experts say eating healthy is better

6/25/2008
Low Childhood IQ Tied to Dementia in Old Age

Findings apply to vascular dementia, not Alzheimer's, researchers say

6/25/2008
Parkinson's Drugs Again Linked to Compulsive Disorders

Impulsive gambling, shopping, sex and binge eating common among patients, study shows

6/24/2008
Alzheimer's Drug May Reduce Preemie Brain Injury

Memantine could protect newborns with compromised blood, oxygen supply, study suggests

6/24/2008
New Hope for Parkinson's Patients

Experimental drug, patch for current drug both control symptoms better, studies show

6/24/2008
Brain Scans Detect Alzheimer's Disease Quickly

New technique could speed the diagnosis, French researchers say

6/24/2008
Senior Falls Can Lead to Brain Injury

They resulted in 8,000 deaths, 56,000 hospitalizations for those 65 and older, CDC reports

6/19/2008
Brain's Olfactory Bulb Grows With Sense of Smell

Finding could lead to better treatment when problems occur

6/19/2008
Star-Shaped Brain Cells Make Scans Possible

Astrocytes called missing link between neurons, blood vessels, researchers say

6/18/2008
Brain Activity May Predict Schizophrenia Behavior

Personalized diagnosis, treatment may be possible, U.K. study suggests

6/16/2008
New PET Scanner Could Improve Diagnosis

It offers much better image resolution, scientists say

6/16/2008
Gay Men, Straight Women Have Similar Brains

Scans also showed similarities between lesbians, straight men

6/13/2008
Boosting Brain Protein Quickly Cut Excessive Drinking

New approach stopped desire to imbibe in as little as 10 minutes, animal study finds

6/13/2008
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster

Just inhaling the aroma activated anxiety-relieving genes, rat research shows

6/11/2008
Women, Mexican Americans at Higher Risk for Certain Stroke

Subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by bleeding in space around the brain, study reports

6/11/2008
Possession Is Nine-Tenths the Perceived Value

Researchers find out why people can't let go of what is theirs

6/11/2008
Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory Loss

Study finds disorder shrinks brain cells much the way alcohol, Alzheimer's do

6/10/2008
Adding Light Eases Behavioral Problems of Dementia

Study found it fixed circadian rhythms, helped with depression, agitation in elderly

6/10/2008
New Treatment Shows Promise for Excessive Drinking

Boosting brain protein in animal study cut desire, relapse in as little as 10 minutes

6/8/2008
Scientists ID Brain Pathway That Stops Seizures

Mouse study finds gene affects acids that regulate severity of convulsions