Neurology News

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4/8/2011
Parkinson's May Have Links to Certain Cancers, Study Suggests

Genealogical data shows higher odds for melanoma, prostate cancer

4/7/2011
Long-Term Ecstasy Users at Risk for Brain Damage, Study Warns

Scans showed 10% smaller volume in the hippocampus, area critical to learning and memory

4/4/2011
Brains of People with Autism Focus More on Visual Skills

This means less activity in areas used for planning and decision making, but the brain adapts, researchers find

3/31/2011
Early Brain Therapy May Help Movement in Dystonia Patients

For those with the muscle disorder, the sooner deep brain stimulation is started the better, study says

3/28/2011
Seeing Others Scratch Can Trigger Your Own Itch

'Contagious itching' similar to 'contagious yawning,' researchers say

3/24/2011
Children With Tourette Syndrome Have Better Motor Control, Study Finds

Enhanced abilities likely result from brain changes linked to constantly repressing tics, researchers say

3/17/2011
Gene Therapy May Help Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms

Experimental treatment linked to a decline in tremors; no serious side effects, small study finds

3/16/2011
Brains of Phonetics Experts Differ From Those of General Public

Some differences probably due to training, but others present at birth, study suggests

3/14/2011
Depression Threatens Independence of Stroke Survivors

Study also links older age, other health problems to post-stroke dependence

3/8/2011
Brain's Learning Ability Seems to Recharge During Light Slumber

Those who sleep less than 6 hours a night 'shortchanging' themselves, study says

3/4/2011
Scientists Use Stem Cells, Skin Cells to Create Brain Cells Lost to Alzheimer's

Breakthrough should be boon to research, but therapeutic uses still decades away, experts say

3/3/2011
Scary Events Might Also Activate Brain's Reward Center

Mouse study suggests a mechanism for 'thrill-seeking' behavior in humans

2/28/2011
With a 'Third Arm,' It's the Thought That Counts

Making the brain think a prosthetic is person's real limb could help in stroke recovery, scientists say

2/24/2011
Spinal Fluid May Hold Clues to Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Strong evidence suggests that the central nervous system is involved in both conditions

2/22/2011
Brain's Electrical Activity May Help Spot Infants at High Risk for Autism

EEGs plus computer analysis detected subtle pattern differences the human eye might miss

2/18/2011
British Study Finds No Link Between Cell Phones, Brain Tumors

There's been no increase in the cancers since the technology's spread in 1990s

2/17/2011
Brain Appears to Be a 'Task Machine,' Researchers Say

Sighted and blind people showed similar areas of brain activation when reading

2/16/2011
Placebo Effect May Work in Reverse

With 'nocebo' effect, pain levels rose as patients' belief in painkiller fell, study found

2/16/2011
'Talk Therapy' Can Alter Brain Activity, Research Shows

Physical changes occur in brains of social anxiety patients receiving psychotherapy

2/15/2011
Study Links MS to Brain Chemical Deficiency

Low levels of noradrenaline may stem from damage to specific area of brain

2/14/2011
Berries May Offer Sweet Protection Against Parkinson's Disease

They're rich in an antioxidant that seems to shield men and women from the illness, study finds

2/9/2011
Could Poor Memory Signal Raised Stroke Risk?

Study found participants who performed worst on recall test were more likely to suffer a stroke

2/4/2011
Bilingual People More Adept at Learning Third Language

Israeli study finds 6th graders who spoke both Russian and Hebrew picked up English more easily

2/4/2011
Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

1/29/2011
Multiple Concussions Raise Teen Athletes' Health Risks

Two or more head injuries can lead to problems with memory, sleep and headaches, study finds

1/24/2011
Pen Mightier Than Keyboard for Making Imprint on Brain

The act of handwriting activates brain regions that help boost recall, researchers find

1/24/2011
Stress of War Spurs Changes in Brain Activity, Study Finds

Scans show that regions that control fear, vigilance, emotion affected by deployment

1/21/2011
Study Suggests How Music Fools the Ear

Many masterpieces sound complex but are reduced to simple, pleasurable patterns by the brain, researcher says

1/21/2011
People Appear to Use Senses to Keep Track of Time

Outside stimuli, rather than internal clock, seem to assist in judging passage of time, study suggests

1/20/2011
Experts' Brains Work Differently Than Amateurs'

Study found professional shogi players used unique regions to play the chess-like game

1/10/2011
Prozac May Speed Physical Rehabilitation After Stroke

Study shows an effect, perhaps due to boost in serotonin, experts say

1/6/2011
Early Steps Toward an Alzheimer's Blood Test

Different immune system proteins exist in the blood of people with the disease, study finds

1/6/2011
Doctor Behind Study Linking Vaccine to Autism Accused of 'Deliberate Fraud'

British report in medical journal alleges he twisted facts on cases involving 12 children

1/5/2011
Study Sheds Light on Genetic Risk of MS

Women more likely than men to have a gene variation linked to the disease, researchers say

1/4/2011
Pop Star's Use of Salvia Puts Hallucinogen in the Spotlight

Video shows Miley Cyrus smoking herb, which experts say triggers short, intense high

12/29/2010
Researchers Find Links Between Sleep, Anesthesia and Coma

Each might shed light on the other, study authors report

12/21/2010
Got a Headache? Your Body May Be Telling You Something

Chronic or sporadic, head pain offers clues to the state of a person's health, experts say

12/8/2010
Certain Formulations of Omega-3s Might Help With Depression

A DHA-EPA combo seemed to work, but should never be a patient's only option, experts said

12/6/2010
Restless Legs in Pregnancy Likely to Recur, Researchers Say

Among those who developed syndrome, many had later occurrences, study found

11/25/2010
Scientists Seek the Secrets of Sour Taste

Acidic foods' impact on cells brings people that bitter sensation

11/24/2010
Women Taking Certain Epilepsy Drugs Can Safely Breast-Feed, Study Suggests

Findings could bring valuable guidance to new mothers, experts say

11/23/2010
Children Born 'Late Pre-Term' More Prone to Low IQ

Risk of attention problems at age 6 also rises for those born between 34 and 36 weeks, study finds

11/22/2010
Better Helmet Design Might Lower Soldiers' Risk for Brain Injury

Scientists say adding face shield dulls impact of blasts

11/15/2010
For Teens With Autism, Handwriting Problems May Persist

Deficits in reasoning skills more than motor skills likely to blame, researchers say

11/15/2010
Brain Organizes Itself for Introspection as Children Age: Study

Scans show how activity in disparate neurological regions coalesces as kids mature

11/4/2010
Electrical Brain Stimulation May Boost Math Skills

Adults did better on tests after painless therapy, but more research needed, experts say

11/3/2010
Gene Associated With Autism May Alter How Brain Functions

Scans show a 'disconnect' in brain areas linked to language in people with the disorder, researchers say

11/3/2010
Brain Can Compensate for Cognitive Damage

One area makes up for injuries to the memory and attention center, study finds

11/1/2010
Half of Teens Treated for Depression Will Relapse: Study

Girls more prone than boys to illness' return within 5 years of therapy, researchers find

10/28/2010
PTSD Linked to 'Hyperactivity' in Right Brain

Neurons overfiring even when trauma sufferers were relaxed, researchers found