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27 Jul

Improved Air Quality Boosts Brain Health and Cuts Dementia Risk

Reducing air pollution can significantly lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to several new studies.

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18 Oct
Researchers Find Better Way to Fight Breast Cancer That Has Spread to Brain

Researchers Find Better Way to Fight Breast Cancer That Has Spread to Brain

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers may have found a noninvasive way to temporarily open the brain's borders to allow tumor-fighting medication inside.

By necessity, the brain is shielded by a layer of specialized cells called the blo...

18 Oct
Long Bouts of Space Travel May Harm Astronauts' Brains

Long Bouts of Space Travel May Harm Astronauts' Brains

Prolonged stays in space appear to damage astronauts' brains, a small, new study suggests.

The researchers studied five Russian cosmonauts, mean age 49, who stayed on the International Space Station (ISS) for an average of 5.5 months.

Blood samples were taken from...

12 Oct
Clot-Busting Drugs Safe in Stroke Patients When Brain Aneurysm Hasn't Ruptured

Clot-Busting Drugs Safe in Stroke Patients When Brain Aneurysm Hasn't Ruptured

Clot-busting drugs may be safe for certain stroke patients with brain aneurysms that haven't ruptured, researchers say.

An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. In the new study, patients had suffered an ischemic stroke, which is caused by blocked blood flow...

04 Oct
'Personalized' Brain Zaps May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

'Personalized' Brain Zaps May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

Imagine battling debilitating depression for years, trying everything but finding little or no relief.

That's what Sarah, 36, lived with most of her adult life.

"I had exhausted all possible treatment options," recalled Sarah, who did not wa...

04 Oct
Shape, Size of Brain Arteries May Predict Stroke Risk

Shape, Size of Brain Arteries May Predict Stroke Risk

The size and shape of the blood vessels in your brain may help predict your risk of an often-fatal type of stroke, called an aneurysm, a new study finds.

An aneurysm is a bulge in an artery wall.

"A subarachnoid hemorrhage is the most dangerous type of stroke and...

01 Oct
A Simple Way to Boost Kids' Reading Skills?

A Simple Way to Boost Kids' Reading Skills?

A small fix might make reading a bit easier for kids with dyslexia, as well as their classmates: Increasing the amount of space between printed letters.

That's the finding of a

01 Oct
Scientists Untangle Why Diabetes Might Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Scientists Untangle Why Diabetes Might Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Type 2 diabetes may up the risk for Alzheimer's disease by altering brain function, new animal research suggests.

A University of Nevada Las Vegas team showed that chronically high blood sugar could impair memory and alter aspects of working memory networks in rodents.

30 Sep
Tracking Key Protein Helps Predict Outcomes in TBI Patients

Tracking Key Protein Helps Predict Outcomes in TBI Patients

When people suffer a severe head injury, it's hard to predict how they will fare in the long run. But a new study suggests that something fairly simple — measuring a protein in the blood — could help.

The protein, called neurofilament light (NfL), is a component of...

27 Sep
Over Half of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels in Their Blood

Over Half of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels in Their Blood

More than 50% of American children have detectable blood lead levels, a new study reveals. And young children who live in places with lots of pre-1950s housing and low incomes have the greatest risk.

"Public health authorities have worked commendably to reduce lead expos...

27 Sep
Retired and Want to Stay Sharp? Hop on the Internet More Often

Retired and Want to Stay Sharp? Hop on the Internet More Often

Help in retaining mental function when you age could be only a few keystrokes away.

While crosswords and exercise are often touted as ways to retain thinking skills, U.K. investigators found that the internet may also help seniors stay sharp in retirement.

Those w...

23 Sep
Signs of Early Alzheimer's May Be Spotted in Brain Stem

Signs of Early Alzheimer's May Be Spotted in Brain Stem

Certain changes in a part of the brain stem, visible in scans, might be a potential early indicator of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Using different brain imaging techniques, researchers found that lesser "integrity" in the brain stem region was linked to a ...

22 Sep
Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

It's known that sexual assault affects a woman's physical and mental health. Now, researchers say these traumatic incidents may also harm her brain health.

A new study found that traumatic experiences, including sexual violence, may be linked to greater risk of dementia,...

20 Sep
AHA News: Clot-Removing Procedure Appears Safe for Pregnant Stroke Patients

AHA News: Clot-Removing Procedure Appears Safe for Pregnant Stroke Patients

Physically removing a blood clot in the brain is a safe and effective treatment for pregnant women having a stroke, a new study suggests.

Stroke during pregnancy remains rare, but the risk increases during pregnancy and for up to 12 weeks after giving birth, or postpartu...

17 Sep
Could Cholesterol Help Drive Alzheimer's Disease?

Could Cholesterol Help Drive Alzheimer's Disease?

Cholesterol made in the brain may spur development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Cholesterol made by cells called astrocytes is needed for controlling production of amyloid beta, a sticky protein that builds up in the brain and accumulates into the plaque...

16 Sep
Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

Movement can be very difficult for people with Parkinson's disease, as shaking and stiffness play havoc with balance, coordination and gait.

There are many different tricks Parkinson's patients can use to improve their walking and avoid injury from a bad tumble -- but a ...

15 Sep
Stories Get Listeners' Hearts in Sync

Stories Get Listeners' Hearts in Sync

The heart rates of people sync up when listening to a story, a new study finds.

"There's a lot of literature demonstrating that people synchronize their physiology with each other. But the premise is that somehow you're interacting and physically present [in] the same pl...

14 Sep
Multigenerational Study Finds Links Between ADHD, Dementia Risk

Multigenerational Study Finds Links Between ADHD, Dementia Risk

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to be somehow linked to risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new multigenerational study has found.

Parents and grandparents of people with ADHD have a higher risk of Alzheimer's and dementia than people with...

13 Sep
Diets That Lower Brain Iron Could Keep You Sharp

Diets That Lower Brain Iron Could Keep You Sharp

Older adults who regularly eat foods like fish, nuts and olive oil may have less iron accumulation in their brains, as well as sharper memories, a small study suggests.

The brain requires a certain level of iron to function normally, but the aging brain can accumulate an...

13 Sep
Month-Long Recovery From Concussion Is Normal: Study

Month-Long Recovery From Concussion Is Normal: Study

College athletes who suffer a concussion may take as long as a month to recover, not the two weeks considered normal, new research finds.

"Normal return-to-play time was previously set at 14 days — meaning 50% of people recovered in that time," said lead researcher Ste...

09 Sep
Could Traffic Noise Raise Your Odds for Dementia?

Could Traffic Noise Raise Your Odds for Dementia?

It's more than just an annoyance: Long-term exposure to traffic and train noise may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Danish researchers report.

The study authors said that more than 1,200 of Denmark's nearly 8,500 cases of dementia in 2017 may have ...

07 Sep
Postponing Retirement Might Help Keep Dementia at Bay

Postponing Retirement Might Help Keep Dementia at Bay

Early retirement may sound appealing, but a recent study hints that putting it off a few years might help older adults retain more of their mental sharpness.

Using data on more than 20,000 older Americans, researchers estimated that if all of those people waited until ag...

07 Sep
Therapeutic Brain Implant Won't Alter Personality in Epilepsy Patients: Study

Therapeutic Brain Implant Won't Alter Personality in Epilepsy Patients: Study

Implanted brain stimulation devices used to treat epilepsy won't turn patients into someone they don't recognize, a small study shows.

"We found that the brain implants did not transform patients' sense of self or personality. Neither the long-term implantation of the el...

25 Aug
Exercise Could Help Fight 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer Patients

Exercise Could Help Fight 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer Patients

For breast cancer patients battling "chemo brain," regular exercise may be a powerful prescription, a new study suggests.

The term "chemo brain" refers to thinking and memory problems often experienced by patients who undergo chemotherapy.

It's "a growing clinical ...

23 Aug
A Mentally Challenging Job Could Help Ward Off Dementia

A Mentally Challenging Job Could Help Ward Off Dementia

While every worker would prefer a fun, mentally stimulating job, new research reveals an added bonus: Such work could help prevent dementia in old age.

On-the-job intellectual stimulation appears to lower levels of certain proteins that block brain cells from forming new...

20 Aug
Having Someone Who'll Listen May Be Good for Your Aging Brain

Having Someone Who'll Listen May Be Good for Your Aging Brain

Could the constancy of a sympathetic ear help guard your brain against the ravages of aging?

Yes, claims new research that analyzed data on nearly 2,200 American adults and found those in their 40s and 50s who didn't have someone to listen to them had a mental ("cognitiv...

19 Aug
Neuro Surprise: Some Brain Skills Might Improve With Age

Neuro Surprise: Some Brain Skills Might Improve With Age

There's an old saying, "Age and guile beat youth and exuberance," and new research suggests there might be something to that.

Some key brain functions can improve in people as they age, researchers report, challenging the notion that our mental abilities decline across t...

12 Aug
Some Diabetes Meds Might Also Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Some Diabetes Meds Might Also Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Older adults who take certain diabetes drugs may see a slower decline in their memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

Researchers in South Korea found that among older people who'd been having memory issues, those using diabetes drugs called DDP-4 inhibitors t...

11 Aug
'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

Babies born prematurely, even just a couple weeks early, may be at increased risk of autism, a large new study suggests.

It's long been known that autism, a developmental brain disorder, is more common among children who were born preterm -- before the 37th week of pregn...

06 Aug
Dirty Air, Higher Dementia Risk?

Dirty Air, Higher Dementia Risk?

It's long been know that polluted can damage the heart and lungs, but new research finds that it's bad for your brain, too.

A long-term study by a Seattle team linked exposure to higher levels of fine particulate air pollution to an increased risk of dementia.

"We...

06 Aug
Brain 'Zap' Treatment Might Curb Smoking

Brain 'Zap' Treatment Might Curb Smoking

A kind of 'zap' to the brain -- a technique called noninvasive brain stimulation -- may help hardcore smokers cut back, a new research review suggests.

Nicotine can trigger changes in the brain that make it hard to quit, so researchers have been looking for ways to use n...

02 Aug
Could Kids Swim Their Way to Better Vocabularies?

Could Kids Swim Their Way to Better Vocabularies?

Kids may be able to swim their way to a deeper vocabulary.

That's the takeaway from a study in which researchers taught 48 kids ages 6 to 12 a few new words before they swam, did CrossFit-type exercises or coloring.

The swimmers did 13% better in follow up tests of...

30 Jul
Could COVID-19 Accelerate Alzheimer's Symptoms?

Could COVID-19 Accelerate Alzheimer's Symptoms?

COVID-19 can kill you. It can rob you of your breath, cause strange blood clots, and prompt side effects that last for months after you're over the initial infection.

It's also possible that COVID-19 might impact the human brain in ways that could promote the onset of Al...

29 Jul
Want to Avoid Dementia? Add Some Color to Your Plate

Want to Avoid Dementia? Add Some Color to Your Plate

Something as simple as having a glass of orange juice in the morning or an apple at lunch could be one of the keys to protecting your brain health.

People who consumed just a half serving a day of foods high in a naturally occurring compound called flavonoids ...

29 Jul
Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

It is often said that stroke affects men and women differently. Now, scientists say the location of the stroke's damage in the brain may help explain why.

Women have more strokes, and are more likely to have symptoms such as fatigue and mental confusion rather than class...

27 Jul
'Light Flash' Treatment Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

'Light Flash' Treatment Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

While efforts to develop Alzheimer's medications have so far borne little fruit, new research highlights the therapeutic promise of two non-drug tools: light and sound.

According to a pair of small new studies, exposing Alzheimer's patients to an hour a day of carefully ...

23 Jul
Doctors Divided Over Use of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug

Doctors Divided Over Use of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug

The controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm is creating something of a civil war in medicine, as health networks, hospitals, insurers and individual doctors weigh impending discussions with patients about whether they should take the medication.

Many doctors believe t...

23 Jul
Drug Shows Promise in Easing Dementia-Linked Psychosis

Drug Shows Promise in Easing Dementia-Linked Psychosis

A drug that eases hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease may be able to do the same for those with dementia, a new clinical trial finds.

The medication, called Nuplazid (pimavanserin), is already approved in the United States for treating hallucinations and de...

23 Jul
Long-Term Outlook for Most With Serious Brain Injury Is Better Than Thought

Long-Term Outlook for Most With Serious Brain Injury Is Better Than Thought

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cripple patients for the rest of their lives, but new research suggests that many people with moderate-to-severe TBI have better-than-expected long-term outcomes.

The findings show that decisions about halting life-sustaining treatment ...

20 Jul
Severe COVID in Kids: Rare, but Brain Issues Can Result

Severe COVID in Kids: Rare, but Brain Issues Can Result

About one in 20 kids hospitalized with COVID-19 develop debilitating brain or nerve complications that could haunt some for a long time, a new British study reports.

Children with severe infections can suffer from brain inflammation, seizures, stroke, behavior changes, h...

20 Jul
Could Menopausal Hormone Therapy Reduce Women's Odds for Dementia?

Could Menopausal Hormone Therapy Reduce Women's Odds for Dementia?

Women on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause go on to have a 58% lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions, a new study finds.

Although the study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect, the findings could point the way to new...

19 Jul
Shock Therapy Safe, Effective for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Shock Therapy Safe, Effective for Tough-to-Treat Depression

"Shock" therapy often helps lift severe depression, but fear and stigma can deter patients from getting it. Now a large new study is confirming the treatment's safety.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as it's medically known, has been around for decades. For almost as lo...

15 Jul
Stroke Prevented His Speech, But Brain Implant Brought It Back

Stroke Prevented His Speech, But Brain Implant Brought It Back

Researchers have developed an implant that allowed a man with severe paralysis to "speak" again by translating his brain signals into text.

The achievement is the latest step in "brain-computer interface" (BCI) research.

Scientists have been studying BCI technology...

13 Jul
Growing Up in Lead-Contaminated Area Might Alter Personality: Study

Growing Up in Lead-Contaminated Area Might Alter Personality: Study

Can childhood lead exposure affect personality into adulthood?

Yes, a big multi-decade study suggests.

The finding stems from an analysis of data on atmospheric lead levels across the United States and 37 European nations since 1960. Lead levels were stacked up aga...

13 Jul
Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Lawsuits claiming that the widely used bug killer chlorpyrifos caused brain damage in children were filed Monday in California.

Past research has shown that the pesticide harms the brains of fetuses and children, the Associated Press reported.

Chlorpyrifos...

13 Jul
Most Marriages Survive a Spouse's Brain Injury

Most Marriages Survive a Spouse's Brain Injury

Marriages can remain stable after something as challenging as a brain injury for one of the spouses, new research indicates.

Though past reports have suggested that divorce rates were high among those who experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI), that was not true for m...

08 Jul
Scientists Track Spirituality in the Human Brain

Scientists Track Spirituality in the Human Brain

Researchers have identified specific brain circuitry that is related to people's sense of spirituality -- and it's centered in a brain region linked to pain inhibition, altruism and unconditional love.

The findings add to research seeking to understand the biological bas...

01 Jul
New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

Behaviors associated with eating disorders can make real changes to the brain, new research shows. The findings could help explain why these serious disorders are often chronic -- and may also point the way to new treatments.

Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa...

28 Jun
Most Cases of Dementia in U.S. Seniors Go Undiagnosed: Study

Most Cases of Dementia in U.S. Seniors Go Undiagnosed: Study

Most Americans with dementia are undiagnosed, which shows how important it is to screen and assess seniors for the disease, researchers say.

Their new analysis of data from a nationwide survey of about 6 million Americans aged 65 and older revealed that 91% of people wit...

24 Jun
Clot-Removing Procedure Can Sometimes Backfire for Stroke Patients

Clot-Removing Procedure Can Sometimes Backfire for Stroke Patients

When someone suffers a stroke, doctors can often remove the culprit clot obstructing blood flow to the brain. Now, a new study sheds light on why those successful procedures do not always translate into a good outcome.

Researchers found that when clot retrieval takes mor...

24 Jun
Mental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

Mental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

COVID-19 patients with mental confusion are at increased risk for a severe form of the illness, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed the electronic health records of more than 36,000 COVID-19 patients at five Florida hospitals. Of those, 12% developed severe COVID-19....

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