Brain Health News

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12/18/2006
Moderate Alcohol Levels May Protect Brain After Trauma

But high blood levels are deadly, new study finds

12/18/2006
Human Sense of Smell Nothing to Sniff At

In open-field tests, volunteers effectively tracked 'scent trails,' researchers say

12/14/2006
Drug Blocks Brain System Involved in Alcoholism

Study in rats shows the therapy inhibits 'high' that people feel after drinking

12/14/2006
Study Finds Laughter Is Truly Contagious

Positive sounds trigger brain response that helps us interact socially

12/13/2006
Rare Gene Brings Life Without Pain

The discovery could lead to new pain medications, experts say

12/13/2006
Brain Lesions After Stroke May Predict Future Episodes

MRI scans could help foretell patients' risk for subsequent incidences

12/12/2006
Protein 'Fingerprint' Could Spot Alzheimer's in Living Patients

Right now, a true diagnosis comes only after death, researchers note

12/12/2006
Younger Siblings May Boost Brain Tumor Risk

The link might be infections passed on in adolescence, researchers say

12/11/2006
Hysteria a Real Neurological Condition: Study

Brain imaging study suggests unexplained ailments have solid causes

12/8/2006
Huntington's Disease Linked to High Brain Cholesterol

Progressive neurological illness may stem from lipid overdelivery

12/7/2006
Autism Linked to Brain's 'Fear Center'

Young men with the condition had smaller amygdalas, researchers report

12/6/2006
Cats Can Get Alzheimer's: Study

Watching the disease's progress in felines could help humans, experts say

12/6/2006
Study Identifies Key Gene in Nicotine's Reward Effect

Changes in dopamine system signaling result in long-lasting effects on brain

12/1/2006
Common PTSD Drug May Be Useless

Study finds guanfacine offers no benefit and carries risks

11/30/2006
Study Offers More Clues to 'Chemo Brain'

Standard cancer drugs killed off nervous system cells in mice

11/29/2006
Smoking May Boost Problem Drinking in Teens

Nicotine could put young brains on track for alcoholism, study suggests

11/28/2006
Smoking Upsets Pleasure/Pain Neurochemistry

But quitting restores levels to normal, researchers report

11/28/2006
Stressful Sleep Loss May Impair Memory

Sleep-deprived rats show link between brain impairment, stress hormones

11/28/2006
Video Game Violence Goes Straight to Kids' Heads

Brain scans show games boost emotion, lower self-control

11/28/2006
Popular Brands May Brand the Brain

Top products' logos hit the neurological spot linked to rewards, study suggests

11/27/2006
Parkinson's May Lower Driving Safety

Drivers with the illness made more mistakes while distracted, study found

11/27/2006
Chemo Temporarily Shrinks Brain Areas, Study Finds

Discovery could explain cognitive troubles linked to cancer treatment

11/25/2006
Using the Mind to Cure the Body

Guided imagery helps patients ease their pain, studies say

11/22/2006
Parkinson's Gene Reveals Its Secrets

The mutation produces malfunctioning proteins that disrupt brain-cell networks, study finds

11/22/2006
Zinc a Key Player in Neuron Transmissions

Metal works to correct brain's signaling circuitry to spinal cord

11/20/2006
Brain's Oxygen Supply Key to Alzheimer's Risk

Poor blood flow increases plaque buildup, mouse study finds

11/20/2006
Sorry, Kids: School Tests Do Enhance Learning

Study finds people remember things better if quizzed

11/17/2006
Certain Fatty Acid May Cut Dementia Risk

DHA seems to offer protective effect in the brain, researchers report

11/8/2006
Deep-Brain Stimulation Eases Movement Disorder

Dystonia affects over 300,000 people across North America, experts say

11/7/2006
Scientists Probe Radiotherapy-Linked Brain Changes

A cell receptor may play a role in cancer treatment cognitive woes

11/6/2006
Infant Iron Deficiency Lowers Teen Test Scores

Children from poorer families face highest cognitive risk, researchers say

11/6/2006
Electric Current During Sleep Boosts Memory

Mild stimulation raised recall scores by 8 percent, study found

11/2/2006
New Test Could Spot Dementia Earlier

7-minute test detects milder signs, developers say

10/31/2006
SIDS Linked to Abnormal Brain Biology

Faulty serotonin system keeps babies from arousing as they should, researchers report

10/31/2006
Parkinson's Patients Face Tough Treatment 'Balancing Act'

Michael J. Fox's shakiness caused by long-term medication, not the disease, experts say

10/30/2006
Elephants Recognize Themselves in Mirrors

Pondering their image, they seem to understand the notion of 'self,' researchers say

10/27/2006
Neurons Dictate Which Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Research might yield insights into overcoming shyness, other social problems, in people

10/27/2006
Teen Brains Build Tolerance to Alcohol's Effects

But this also boosts their likelihood for alcoholism, researchers warn

10/26/2006
Cold Virus Might Harm Long-Term Memory

Nervous system infection by a family of pathogens may 'chip away' at cognition, researchers say

10/23/2006
Vegetables May Boost Brain Power in Older Adults

Study found leafy, green veggies, but not fruits, slowed cognitive decline

10/19/2006
Scientists Spot Brain's Self-Defense 'Switch'

A protein activates natural antioxidant toxin-fighters

10/18/2006
Brain Protein Could Limit Stroke Damage

Mouse study shows G-CSF works even if given days after an attack

10/18/2006
Marijuana-Like Compound May Slow Alzheimer's

And the club drug Ecstasy is giving scientists clues to Parkinson's disease

10/18/2006
Health Tip: Symptoms of Stroke

Seek immediate medical help if someone has these warning signs

10/16/2006
Brain Study Sheds Light on Autism

Communication breakdowns between neural areas may be to blame

10/16/2006
Stem Cell Transplant Shows Promise Against ALS

It slowed disease progression in rats, scientists say

10/16/2006
Animal Study Links Teen Aggression With Prozac

It may help explain why some children become agitated, even suicidal, on the drug

10/13/2006
Female Sex Hormone Could Treat Brain Injury

Progesterone shows promise in clinical trial

10/11/2006
Link Between Breast-Feeding and Child's IQ Debunked

Study suggests smart moms have the smarter babies

10/11/2006
Enzyme Could Play Role in Treating Alzheimer's

Preliminary research suggests the protein could lead to drug therapies