Brain Health News

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8/7/2006
Pediatric Brain Trauma Costs $1 Billion Annually

Fractures, concussions and worse rack up huge hospital charges, study reports

8/4/2006
Great Apes Outperfom Their Brethren on Tests

Findings may help scientists better understand link between intelligence, human evolution

8/4/2006
Pesticide Exposure Damages Nervous System, Brain

Study project finds compounds also harm gastrointestinal system in rats

8/3/2006
Genetic Findings Shed Light on OCD

Protein regulating glutamate flow may explain why anxiety disorder runs in families

8/2/2006
Brain Sees Reward Before Risk

Researchers learn how the brain processes risky behavior such as gambling

8/1/2006
Iraq War Vets Having Some Mental Difficulties

Study finds effects on attention, verbal learning, memory

8/1/2006
Brain Activity Predicts Treatment Results for Depression

Study suggests patients' beliefs, other factors draw better picture of successful drug therapy

7/28/2006
Amnesia Study Sheds Light on Memory

Volunteers underwent drug-induced short-term memory loss

7/27/2006
Study Promises Better Drug Delivery to Fight ALS

Getting meds to affected brain tissue has always been a challenge, researchers say

7/26/2006
Predicting the Outlook for Coma Patients

New guidelines help to gauge a poor prognosis

7/26/2006
Study Casts Doubt on NSAID Use After Brain Injury

Injured rats given ibuprofen showed signs of cognitive decline

7/26/2006
Hectic Days Leave Fleeting Memories

Distractions hinder brain's ability for recall, researchers find

7/24/2006
Estrogen Levels May Influence Men's Alzheimer's Risk

They carry small amounts of the hormone throughout their lives, experts note

7/20/2006
Brain's Stem Cells Hold Clues to Cancer

Over-stimulation of these cells could trigger tumors, new study shows

7/20/2006
Body's Brain Link to Hunger Identified

Finding could pave way for new, safer diet drugs, researchers say

7/20/2006
Gender Gap in Scientific Research Shows Up in Print

Study of major medical journals shows women still far less likely to get published

7/19/2006
Autistic Brains Show a Key Difference

Males with autism have fewer neurons in centers linked to emotion, study finds

7/19/2006
Alzheimer's Patch Could Replace Pills

Delivering Exelon via the skin easier on patients, caregivers, study finds

7/17/2006
Drug Slows Pre-Alzheimer's Brain Shrinkage

But Aricept's effects were minor, and the disease will progress, researchers say

7/17/2006
Researchers Map Out Early Steps to Alzheimer's

After memory loss, decision and attention next affected, they say

7/17/2006
Weight Loss May Yield Alzheimer's Clues

Gradual declines in body mass may be linked to changes in appetite, experts say

7/17/2006
Alzheimer's 'Risk Score' Spots Those Most Vulnerable

Other studies look at dementia's links to stroke, cholesterol

7/14/2006
Single Gene Flaw Can Cause 'Face Blindness'

The condition involves an inability to distinguish unfamiliar faces

7/14/2006
Epilepsy Can Be Subtle for Seniors

Brief 'spaced-out' episodes may be minor seizures, experts say

7/13/2006
Aphasia: A Virtual Prison That Can Be Escaped

Brain disorder can leave patients unable to communicate

7/12/2006
Neurologists Can Improve 'Deep Brain' Therapy for Parkinson's

Having a brain expert on hand does make a difference, study found

7/12/2006
Brain-Computer Link Aids Paralyzed Patient

In a first, a computer enables quadriplegic to move simple devices

7/12/2006
Transgendered Professor Stirs Debate Over Women in Science

Stanford neurobiologist blames bias, not genes, for gender gap

7/10/2006
Spinal Fluid Protein Could Predict Alzheimer's

Spotting the disease in midlife might be key to slowing or preventing it, experts say

7/10/2006
Apathy Without Depression a Sign of Parkinson's

Finding could help avoid patient misdiagnosis, experts say

7/10/2006
Sleep Strengthens Memory

Sound slumber essential to retain facts, researchers say

7/6/2006
Research Points to Alzheimer's Blood Test

When effective drugs arrive, early detection will be key, experts say

7/6/2006
Brain-Wasting Proteins May Affect Heart

Mouse study suggests a connection between prions and rare cardiac condition, experts say

7/6/2006
Enron Founder's Death Linked to Heart Disease

While stress contributed, Kenneth Lay also had coronary-artery disease, autopsy shows

7/6/2006
Brain May Be Hard-Wired to Track Team Sports

Uniforms' colors allow fans to keep up with play, study finds

7/5/2006
New Clues to Neurological Diseases Discovered

Findings could lead to new treatments, two studies suggest

7/5/2006
DDT Linked to Developmental Delays in Babies

Breast-feeding seems to offset some of the pesticide's negative effects, study finds

7/4/2006
Doctors Probe 'Miracle' Rebirth of a Long-Dormant Mind

Find new scientific reasons for a man's recovery after 20 years in a 'minimally conscious' state

6/29/2006
Magnetic Therapy May Help Stroke Recovery

Pulses into the brain improved motor function in small study

6/29/2006
Mercury in Dental Fillings Safe for School-Age Children

But data is lacking on their effect, if any, on preschoolers' cognition, researchers say

6/28/2006
B-Vitamins Won't Prevent Alzheimer's

Finding a disappointment after research had suggested they might help

6/28/2006
Proteins Could Help Re-Grow Damaged Nerve Cells

Discovery could be important to those with spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's

6/27/2006
Thrill-Seekers at Higher Alcoholism Risk

And cautious types may be protected against drinking problems, study finds

6/27/2006
Memory Lapses May Herald Early Alzheimer's

But many seniors may function just fine despite brain changes, experts say

6/26/2006
Cell Phones Found to Activate Brain Areas

Italian research shows devices 'excite' or 'inhibit' brain cells

6/26/2006
Pesticides Could Raise Parkinson's Risk

Type and duration of exposure needed isn't yet clear, researchers say

6/23/2006
Could a Low-Carb Diet Slow Alzheimer's?

In mouse study, fewer carbs meant fewer brain-robbing plaques

6/23/2006
Human 'Mad Cow' Could Cause Eventual Epidemic

vCJD may have 50-year incubation period, meaning most cases have yet to arise, experts say

6/22/2006
Researchers Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms in Animals

Findings could lead to new drug treatments for humans

6/20/2006
Heart Drugs May Help Shield Brain Cells From Stroke

Digoxin and digitoxin show early promise in rat studies