Brain Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
6/4/2008
Cooling May Not Help Injured Brains in Children

Experts say it's too soon to judge this therapy for traumatic brain injury

6/4/2008
Human Stem Cell Transplant Helps Brain-Impaired Mice

Restored damaged electrical pathway seen in MS patients who lose nerve signals

6/3/2008
Kennedy Faced Brain Surgeon's Knife While Awake

It's standard practice, so areas that control critical functions aren't damaged, experts say

6/3/2008
Sen. Kennedy Up and Walking After Brain Tumor Surgery

Still faces radiation, chemotherapy treatments for what doctors say is a life-threatening malignant glioma

6/2/2008
Marijuana May Shrink Parts of the Brain

Drug can affect memory and result in early psychotic symptoms, researchers say

6/2/2008
Sen. Kennedy's Brain Tumor Surgery Called a 'Success'

Still faces radiation, chemotherapy treatments for what doctors say is a life-threatening malignant glioma

5/30/2008
Genetic Disorder Drug Helps Reverse Heart Muscle Enlargement

Mice given BH4 had lower production of toxic free radicals from hypertension, study finds

5/30/2008
Green Tea Antioxidant May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

The science looks hopeful, but it's still too early to make a dietary recommendation, experts say

5/29/2008
Seizures Likely Sign of Brain Injury After Stroke

Patients face 30% risk of dying within month, study finds

5/29/2008
Active Social Life Helps Keep Aging Mind Sharp

Another study finds institutionalization especially common after the death of a spouse

5/29/2008
Monkey Controls Robotic Arm With Brain

Cutting-edge research shows animals learned brain signal manipulation to feed themselves

5/22/2008
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders

Study in rats finds polyphenol compounds affect areas involved with learning and memory

5/21/2008
Ted Kennedy Released From Hospital

He returns to Cape Cod home while doctors determine treatment plans for malignant brain tumor

5/20/2008
Sleep-Deprived Brains Show Lapse in Visual Processing

Seemingly normal function could give false sense of competence, study suggests

5/20/2008
Ted Kennedy Has a Brain Tumor

Doctors find malignant glioma in tests after seizure

5/14/2008
Clot-Busting Treatment Improves Bleeding Stroke Outcomes

Low dose tPA dissolved masses 2 to 3 times faster, dramatically boosting survival

5/13/2008
Therapy Yields Promise for Fatal Neurological Condition

Using harmless cold virus, injecting healthy gene into brain slowed Batten disease

5/12/2008
New MRI Technique Detects Subtle Brain Injuries

Changes in water around cells associated with how much patients improved over time

5/12/2008
Celebrex, Naproxen Won't Prevent Mental Decline

New findings suggest daily use of naproxen might even harm cognitive function

5/9/2008
Flavonoids May Help Treat Alzheimer's

Compounds found in fruits and vegetables reduced brain plaques in mouse experiments

5/8/2008
Fairness Is a Hard-Wired Emotion

It's governed by a region of the brain that responds to equality, study suggests

5/7/2008
Virtual Reality Therapy May Help PTSD Patients

Coupled with medication, it helps ease the shock of trauma, study finds

5/7/2008
Some Weight-Loss Drugs Might Disrupt Brain Growth in Kids

Cannabinoid receptor blockers appear to impact rewiring needed for neural development, mouse study shows.

5/7/2008
Several Therapies Show Promise for Vascular Depression

Found in patients over 60, condition associated with loss of blood supply to the brain

5/6/2008
Imaging Advances Map Brain Areas Affecting Mood

Circuits involved with depression, bipolar disorders could receive more targeted treatment

5/5/2008
Ibuprofen Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk

Other painkillers show some benefit, but more research needed, study says

5/5/2008
Breast-Feeding May Boost IQ

Study finds children who were nursed exclusively had higher test scores

5/2/2008
Special Diet Can Ease Epileptic Seizures in Kids

Strong support for ketogenic regimen from major randomized trial

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