Brain Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
7/8/2005
Routine Dementia Screening Doesn't Make Sense

Researchers report test inaccuracies, lack of treatments outweigh benefits

7/4/2005
Kids Who Watch Too Much TV Have Lower Test Scores

Reading, math scores and college education suffer, studies find

7/1/2005
Human Brain Is No Computer

Study supports a new interpretation of the thinking process

6/29/2005
Scientists Uncover Key Parkinson's Clue

A specific protein helps drive the disease forward, researchers say

6/23/2005
New Guidelines List Anti-Tremor Drugs

Blood pressure, seizure meds can help control non-Parkinson's shaking

6/22/2005
Brain's Marijuana-like Chemicals Postpone Pain

Manipulating endocannabinoids may bring new, better analgesics

6/22/2005
Way to Predict Stroke after 'Mini-Stroke' Found

Speech disturbance and weakness on one side are the primary predictors, study finds

6/20/2005
Worldwide Alzheimer's Care Carries Staggering Costs

28 million suffer at a direct-care cost of $156 billion annually

6/20/2005
Healthy Lifestyles May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Friendships, juice and exercise can keep brains strong, studies suggest

6/20/2005
New Technologies Spot Alzheimer's Beginnings

Even without a cure, early detection is important, experts say

6/20/2005
Novel Therapies Fight Alzheimer's on Multiple Fronts

Insulin, immune system and even calisthenics offer hope, experts say

6/19/2005
Culture Colors Views on Alzheimer's Disease

Minorities have different perspectives on the illness, studies find

6/18/2005
MRI Can Identify Alzheimer's, Other Dementia

Specialized technology may take the guesswork out of diagnosis

6/15/2005
Placebos Can Bring Emotional Relief, Too

Brain scan study shows they affect neurological pain centers

6/15/2005
Parkinson's Disease Vaccine Shows Promise

But experts caution that success in mice may not translate to humans

6/14/2005
Drinking Withers Thinking

Mouse study finds heavy alcohol use has lasting impact on learning and memory

6/10/2005
Language May Not Be Needed for 'Number Sense'

Monkeys correctly matched up numerous sounds with same amount of objects

6/10/2005
Love Is the Drug...

Passion is born in the brain's addiction center, study finds

6/10/2005
Immune System Offers New Alzheimer's Target

A specific dysfunction may encourage the disease, study finds

6/9/2005
Reports Shed Light on Dangers of New MS Drug

Susceptibility to brain infection might be caught in patients in future

5/31/2005
Cancer Survivors Face Higher Dementia Risk

Were twice as likely as cancer-free twins to have cognitive dysfunction, study found

5/31/2005
New Clues to the Roots of Dyslexia

Sensory, rather than visual deficits, may be to blame

5/27/2005
Subliminal Smiles Can Sway You

Study found they made people more likely to try new things

5/27/2005
Gene Could Cause Rare, Fatal Epilepsy

Lafora disease may have its roots in a specific mutation

5/26/2005
Corticosteroids May Be Harmful for Head Injury

They seem to increase death risk among patients, research finds

5/26/2005
Words Sharpen Visual Memory, Study Finds

Children recalled objects better when given language cues

5/25/2005
Magnetic Stimulation May Improve Stroke Recovery

Better hand function noted in small-scale trial

5/23/2005
Researchers Pinpoint Brain's Sarcasm Sensor

Without it, snappy comments are a mystery

5/19/2005
Science Sniffs Out the Secrets of Scent

Simply labeling something as 'smelly' may make it so, study finds

5/19/2005
Vitamin E May Ward Off Parkinson's

Experts disagree about the finding's validity, however

5/17/2005
Experimental Drug Reverses Brain Injury in Rats

Finding could lead to new treatments for traumatic brain injury and stroke

5/16/2005
Alcoholism-Linked Brain Damage Hits Women Sooner

CT scans show accelerated atrophy and shrinkage, compared to men

5/13/2005
Kids Not Wired for Slo-Mo

Youngsters' brains better at gauging fast-moving objects, research shows

5/13/2005
Monkey See, Robotics Do

Primates' brains easily learn to manipulate hi-tech arm

5/12/2005
Patients with Mild Alzheimer's Capable of Treatment Decisions

Awareness of their condition is key to competency, study finds

5/10/2005
Debate Rekindled in Homosexual Brain Research

Whether sexual orientation is innate or learned still a hot scientific and social topic

5/10/2005
Study: Alzheimer's Hits U.S. Latinos Earlier

Close to a seven-year gap between symptom onset in Hispanics, whites

5/10/2005
Statin Drug May Help Slow Alzheimer's

Lipitor shows promise in small study

5/9/2005
Alzheimer's Vaccine Research Back On Track

Memory test improvements suggest the therapy may have a future

5/9/2005
Protein Clue May Help Fight Huntington's Disease

Damage to brain cells may come from outside, too, scientists say

5/9/2005
Serotonin's Effects Extend Far Beyond Brain

Neurochemical could play key role in embryonic development, study suggests

5/9/2005
Gene Tied to Depression, Anxiety

One variation may disrupt stress circuitry, researchers find

5/6/2005
Subtle Learning Problems in Kids of Cocaine-Using Moms

Despite problems, these children do better than previously thought, study contends

5/6/2005
'Artificial Retina' Shows Promise in Restoring Sight

Device allows formerly blind patients to see, identify objects

5/5/2005
Study: Treat Depression, Chronic Pain Separately

Brain scans suggest they emerge from distinct areas

5/5/2005
Brain-Damaged Fireman's Recovery a Mystery

Science can't provide exact explanation for this rare event

5/1/2005
Amino Acid May Harm Memory and More

Cognitive problems linked to homocysteine levels

4/28/2005
Mid-Life Obesity Linked to Old-Age Dementia

Study links higher weight to higher risk of cognitive decline later

4/28/2005
New Sleeping Pill Promises Long-Term Results

But one expert cautions that sleeping pills won't cure insomnia

4/25/2005
Brain Stem Cells Coaxed to Produce Insulin

Finding could eventually lead to cure for diabetes, researcher suggests