Brain Health News

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

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

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

12/14/2007
Human Noses Sort Out Strangers, Friends

Brain's fear centers also activate when scenting a stranger, study finds

12/12/2007
Statins Can Boost Brain Hemorrhage Risk After Stroke

For most patients, small risk is outweighed by the benefits, experts say

12/11/2007
Personal Convictions May Control Both Behavior and Emotions

Distinct brain regions activated by beliefs and human feelings, study shows

12/10/2007
Unrelated Cord Blood Helps Infants With Metabolic Disorders

It's a viable option with lower risk of complications, study finds

12/6/2007
Ketamine Impairs Brain by Releasing Superoxide

Researchers claim finding could lead to new treatments for schizophrenia

12/5/2007
Aging Brains Get Out of Sync

'Senior moments' typical in later years, study suggests

12/5/2007
Brain Protein May Be a Clue to Autism

Early research suggests trouble in nervous system development

12/4/2007
Nerve Disorganization May Spur Form of Dyslexia

Brain scans show real differences, researchers say

12/3/2007
Brain Activity Points to Origins of Anorexia

MRI scans reveal differences in neurological reward responses

12/3/2007
Chimps Top Humans in Number Recall

They beat out college students in tests involving digits 1 through 9, scientists say

11/30/2007
High Blood Pressure Could Exacerbate Alzheimer's

Slowed blood flow to the brain may be to blame, MRI study shows

11/29/2007
Progesterone Won't Shield Women Against Alzheimer's

Mouse study shows no benefit for the female hormone

11/28/2007
Autistic Children Have More Gray Matter in Brains

This imbalance may make it tougher for them to function socially, study suggests

11/28/2007
Cell Protein Might Help Treat ALS

Hsp70 extended the lifespan of mice that had the neurological disease, researchers say

11/22/2007
Competition Affects Your Perception of Your Paycheck

If co-workers make more, mind's reward centers are less enthused, brain scans find

11/22/2007
There's More Than Turkey Behind Holiday Yawns

General sense of relaxation also encourages midday sleepiness, experts say

11/21/2007
Brain Area Recognizes Familiar Sounds

Region activates when a friend's voice calls, scientists say