Brain Health News

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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

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