Brain Health News

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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

2/26/2008
Teen Aggression May Really Be a State of Mind

Study finds biological differences in brains of combative kids

2/22/2008
Stroke Risk Factors Drain Memory

Cognitive powers decline faster among those who have a higher chance of brain attack

2/20/2008
Stem Cells Repair Stroke Damage in Rats

Study suggests same technique might one day work in humans

2/19/2008
Missing Chromosome Improves Response to Brain Tumor Treatment

Findings show patients live average of 4 years longer than those without genetic abnormality

2/18/2008
Pitch Patterns Play Greater Role in Speech Perception

Language experience shapes the way the brain stem works, linguist says

2/15/2008
IBS Symptoms More Acute in Women With History of Abuse

Brain can't switch off pain modulation mechanism, study suggests

2/13/2008
Marijuana Use Among MS Patients Raises Risk for Cognitive, Mood Problems

Study found slowed information-processing, increase in depression, anxiety

2/12/2008
Lack of Brain Protein May Explain 'Rain Man' Abilities

Autistic savants learn some tasks better, but forget faster, study suggests

2/8/2008
Chronic Pain Harms Brain's Wiring

Constant firing of neurons could cause permanent damage, researchers say

2/8/2008
For Males, Video Game Rewards Are All in the Mind

Study sees greater activation of key brain region than found in females

2/7/2008
Gene Plays 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' Role in Deadly Brain Cancer

Study finds STAT3 can act as tumor suppressor, keeping bad cells in check

2/6/2008
Alzheimer's Plaques Can Form in One Day

Study also notes that related neuronal damage follows soon after

2/5/2008
Brain Injury May Not Erase Long-Term Memory

In study, a new technique helped patients retrieve long-lost details

2/5/2008
Born to Be Obese?

New research suggests brains of heavy individuals may be wired differently

1/30/2008
High-Dose Chemo Helps Beat Rare Brain Cancer

Many patients achieved long-term remission without radiation, study finds

1/30/2008
Drug-Related Images Trigger Brain's Reward Center

Addictive substances hijack brain areas tied to urges for food, sex

1/30/2008
Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve Recall

It brought back vivid, 30-year-old memories for patient, researchers say

1/30/2008
Concussion Raises PTSD Risk for Iraq Vets

Study found loss of consciousness increased chances of trauma the most

1/29/2008
Researchers Map Paths Governing Neuron Function

Findings identify proteins that determine nature of connections between neurons

1/24/2008
Surprise in Lab Helps ID Drug to Fight ALS

Study shows apocynin almost doubles life span of mice with inherited Lou Gehrig's disease

1/23/2008
Specific Brain Region Governs Problem-Solving Skills

Monkey research pinpoints reward center, which can go awry

1/21/2008
Different Neural Pathways at Work Going Under, Coming Out of Anesthesia

Mouse study on brain's orexin system could lead to new drugs with fewer side effects

1/18/2008
Older Surgical Patients Face Greater Risk of Cognitive Problems

They're also more apt to die within a year, but education had protective effect, study found

1/18/2008
DNA Fingerprints Predict Brain Disorders

Researchers found certain variations may indicate higher risk of ALS, Parkinson's

1/18/2008
Combo Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Brain Tumors

Radiation seeds, chemo wafers slowed disease, boosted survival

1/17/2008
Gene That Creates Cerebral Cortex Discovered

Could led to treatments for neurological damage from injuries, disease

1/15/2008
MS Drug Tysabri Approved for Crohn's Disease

But the drug comes with serious risks, FDA notes

1/14/2008
Brain Scans Shed Light on Why People Overeat

Targeting left posterior amygdala could lead to new treatments, study shows

1/14/2008
Chemical Signals Go Awry in Fragile X Syndrome

Mouse study shows drugs that target the miscommunication may help

1/14/2008
Study Spotlights Marketing's Impact on the Brain

Maybe that bottle of wine isn't worth as much as you thought

1/10/2008
Brain Circuits That Suppress Memory Found

May lead to better understanding of amnesia

1/9/2008
Women With IBS Unable to Switch Off Pain Response

Finding could improve understanding of irritable bowel syndrome and lead to new treatments

1/7/2008
Some Immature Brain Cells May Promote Tumors

But animal studies show cancer gene can be turned on and off

1/4/2008
Research Gets Closer to Origin of Parkinson's Disease

Modified protein hastens nerve cell death, scientists say

1/4/2008
Protein Nasal Spray Revives Sleep-Deprived Monkeys

A natural brain compound could help shift workers or those with narcolepsy, scientists say

1/2/2008
Scientists Report Refinements to Brain Surgery

Technique reduces chances of damage to areas that control language

1/2/2008
Relatives of Parkinson's Patients at Higher Psychiatric Risk

This suggests a link between the illness and depression, anxiety disorders, researchers say

12/28/2007
Fish Oil May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Omega-3 fatty acid boosts protein that destroys brain plaques, study finds

12/27/2007
ICU Patients Not Getting Enough Sleep

Clinical-care protocols often deprive them of rest needed for healing, study says

12/26/2007
Temporary Amnesia, Confusion Raise Stroke, Dementia Risk

Dutch study suggests these lapses need to be taken more seriously

12/21/2007
Brain Center May Link Addiction, Mental Illness

The two conditions often occur together, scientists note

12/21/2007
Kids in Poor Neighborhoods Fall Behind in School

Study finds they lose about 4 points on IQ tests compared to better-off peers

12/20/2007
Mental Decline Faster in Brain-Injured Vietnam Vets

Findings could have implications for veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, experts say

12/19/2007
Regular Walking Protects the Aging Brain

Even moderate exercise helps ward off dementia, study shows

12/19/2007
Brain Cells More Powerful Than You Think

Even single neurons have a big impact on behavior, studies show

12/19/2007
Neural Insights Could Bring Better Cochlear Implants

Key proteins help relay sound messages to the brain, experts explain

12/19/2007
Fragile X Syndrome Corrected in Mice

Discovery may lead to treatments for the genetic disease, a leading cause of mental retardation

12/19/2007
Smokers' Brain Centers Activate During Nicotine Cravings

Finding could lead to better smoking-cessation aids