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When Mom is BRCA+, Should the Kids Be Told?

Teens and young adults adapt well to family genetic information, reporting relatively low psychological stress, researchers say.

High Out-of-Pocket Costs For Childbirth, Even With Insurance

Giving birth in the U.S. now costs nearly $19,000 and insured patients are responsible for paying about $3,000 of that bill, researchers say.

Why Are People Kinder as They Get Older?

A new study finds the brain releases more oxytocin as we age, which makes us kinder and more satisfied with life.

Certain Personality Traits May Protect Your Aging Brain, Study Finds

People who are organized, hardworking and responsible are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment as they age, researchers say.

COVID-19 May Cause Long-Term Brain Changes in Some Patients, Study Finds

Patients with COVID-19 may experience brain changes in areas associated with smell and memory, researchers say.

Having an Unhealthy Heart in Midlife Is a Big Threat to Women’s Brains, Study Finds

Heart disease and cardiac risk factors appear to hurt women’s brains more than men’s, researchers say.

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Eases Most Cases of Severe Depression: New Study

Nearly 80% of patients with severe depression achieved remission after being treated with a new type of brain stimulation, researchers say.

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16 Aug
Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

The

12 Aug
Your Brain Gets Tired, and Scientists Now Know Why

Your Brain Gets Tired, and Scientists Now Know Why

Preparing your taxes is a purely mental activity, but one that leaves many exhausted by the end of the effort.

The same goes for reading a dense report, picking apart reams of spreadsheet data, or writing a fact-laden paper.

That feeling of

12 Aug
Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for Dementia

Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for Dementia

Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

"Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated wi...

05 Aug
COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children

COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 may be linked to a rise in bacterial brain infections in children, a new study suggests.

When the pandemic hit, doctors at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., saw ...

03 Aug
Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions respons...

02 Aug
Experiences of Racism Tied to Worsening Memory, Thinking in Older Black Americans

Experiences of Racism Tied to Worsening Memory, Thinking in Older Black Americans

Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than others to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, an...

29 Jul
Kids With ADHD Have Differences in 'Neural Flexibility,' Brain Study Shows

Kids With ADHD Have Differences in 'Neural Flexibility,' Brain Study Shows

FRIDAY, July 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children with ADHD may have less flexibility in the brain circuitry that allows for seamless "multitasking," a new study suggests.

Research has shown that kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ofte...

29 Jul
Rapid Loss of Smell May Be Alzheimer's Precursor

Rapid Loss of Smell May Be Alzheimer's Precursor

Could the future of dementia screening include a test of a person’s sense of smell?

It may, suggests a new study that found the decline in a person’s sense of smell...

28 Jul
Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

THURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your daily walk, cleaning the house and lunch with friends could together be keys to staving off dementia, according to researchers.

A

28 Jul
Diets Heavy in 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Could Harm the Brain

Diets Heavy in 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Could Harm the Brain

THURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of ultra-processed foods may dramatically increase your risk for dementia, according to a new study by researchers in China.

Ultra-processed foods are high in sugar, fat and salt, but low in prote...

27 Jul
8/9 -- Study Casts Doubt on 'Chemical Imbalance' Theory of Depression

8/9 -- Study Casts Doubt on 'Chemical Imbalance' Theory of Depression

The notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain has become widespread among the general public.

But there’s actually no hard evidence that the brain chemical

21 Jul
Exercise, Puzzles, Games: They Help Men's, Women's Brains Differently

Exercise, Puzzles, Games: They Help Men's, Women's Brains Differently

Exercising your body and mind can help stave off memory problems as you age, and some of these benefits may be even greater for women, a new study suggests.

The study looked at cognitive reserve, or the brain's ability to withstand the effects of diseases like

21 Jul
Dogs' Keen Sense of Smell May Help Them 'See'

Dogs' Keen Sense of Smell May Help Them 'See'

While humans typically use their sight to orient themselves, dogs navigate the world by combining their sense of smell with their vision.

So claims a new study that found dogs' sense of smell is integrated with their vision and other unique parts of their brain.

...

18 Jul
Special Brain Scans May Diagnose Early Parkinson's

Special Brain Scans May Diagnose Early Parkinson's

It may not be long before highly sensitive scans might spot Parkinson's disease in its early stages, rese...

18 Jul
Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Brain Risks

Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Brain Risks

Even moderate drinking may be related to higher iron levels in the brain - a potentially risky situation for memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

Researc...

18 Jul
Mindfulness Can Help Ease Pain, and Scientists Think They Know How

Mindfulness Can Help Ease Pain, and Scientists Think They Know How

For thousands of years, people have used meditation to help diminish their pain -- but how the process works has always seemed rather mysterious.

Today, advanced brain scan technology has revealed how this ancient practice alters brain function and

18 Jul
Thyroid Trouble May Raise Dementia Risks

Thyroid Trouble May Raise Dementia Risks

Millions of older adults try to manage an underactive thyroid gland with daily medication, but a new study suggests they may still be vulnerable to developing

15 Jul
Post-Stroke Memory Loss Can Resolve for Some Patients

Post-Stroke Memory Loss Can Resolve for Some Patients

Memory loss is a common symptom after a stroke, but there's hope for some that those memories could return.

A new study from Norway examined 86 patients with relatively mild strokes and found many had improved mental functioning after 12 weeks.

"Our study shows th...

12 Jul
Brad Pitt Believes He Has Rare 'Face Blindness' Disorder -- What Is It?

Brad Pitt Believes He Has Rare 'Face Blindness' Disorder -- What Is It?

Award-winning actor Brad Pitt believes he suffers from a rare condition that interferes with his ability to recognize people's faces.

In a new interview with GQ magazine, Pitt said that he thinks he has

07 Jul
Feeling 'Hangry'? It's Natural, New Study Finds

Feeling 'Hangry'? It's Natural, New Study Finds

The concept of "hangry" helps sell candy bars, and it's a convenient excuse to snap at someone when you're in a foul mood.

But is hangry -- being angry when you're hungry -- a real thing? Do people really become more irritable when they want food?

"My wife sometime...

07 Jul
Could ADHD Meds Help Treat Alzheimer's?

Could ADHD Meds Help Treat Alzheimer's?

Could ADHD drugs also treat degenerative brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease?

British researchers say there is good evidence that some medications used for attention-deficit/h...

06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

04 Jul
Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer's disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.

"This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a

30 Jun
Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer's Risk

Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer's Risk

Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men, and a new study shows that certain brain changes known to increase this risk may accrue during menopause.

Women who have gone throug...

29 Jun
First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTE

First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTE

When former professional Major League Soccer (MLS) player Scott Vermillion died at age 44, he had stage 2 CTE, his family announced Tuesday.

He is the first former MLS player diagnosed with

29 Jun
Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

A yearly flu shot may do more than protect you from a nasty bout of influenza: New research suggests it may help guard against Alzheimer's disease as well.

People who were vaccinated at least once ...

22 Jun
Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potenti...

20 Jun
Neuro Symptoms of Long COVID May Persist for Months

Neuro Symptoms of Long COVID May Persist for Months

Many COVID-19 long-haulers still have neurological symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems six months later, new research shows.

The findings are the first from an ongoi...

20 Jun
Squeaky or Furry: New Insights Into Dogs' Love of Toys

Squeaky or Furry: New Insights Into Dogs' Love of Toys

What goes through your dog's mind when you tell him to find his favorite toy?

Hungarian researchers say Fido relies on a mental image based on sensory features. Dogs call to mind the way that toy looks, feels and smells.

The finding - from the Family Dog Project at...

17 Jun
Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory.

In the ...

13 Jun
'Feverish': Healthy Human Brains Are Hotter Than We Thought

'Feverish': Healthy Human Brains Are Hotter Than We Thought

New research gives new meaning to the term "hotheaded" - your normal brain temperature is higher and varies much more than previously thought.

The findings could lead to future research into whether disruption of daily brain temperature rhythms might trigger

10 Jun
Veterans May Face Lower Risk for CTE Than Ex-Athletes

Veterans May Face Lower Risk for CTE Than Ex-Athletes

A degenerative brain condition uncovered in some former professional athletes has been reported in military veterans as well, but a new study suggests it's uncommon and questions whether service itself confers the risk.

At issue is a condition called

10 Jun
Brain Changes May Be Hallmark of Anorexia

Brain Changes May Be Hallmark of Anorexia

People with anorexia nervosa show significant shrinkage in three important areas of the brain, new research reveals.

The researchers said their ...

09 Jun
Fever, Fatigue: Scientists Pinpoint the Brain's 'Sickness Center'

Fever, Fatigue: Scientists Pinpoint the Brain's 'Sickness Center'

A small area of your brain triggers the familiar symptoms of fever, chills, fatigue and loss of appetite when you have a viral or bacterial infection, new animal research suggests.

The findings could eventually lead to ways to reverse this process when symptoms pose a ri...

09 Jun
Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

Staying connected to others may help protect your brain as you age, new research reveals.

The study showed that

08 Jun
Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson's Onset

Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson's Onset

Nightmares can be unsettling for anyone, but new research from Britain suggests that bad dreams may signal the start of

24 May
Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Show Signs of Brain Changes

Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Show Signs of Brain Changes

The football gridiron and the boxing ring have come to be understood as danger zones for the brain, with repetitive hits to the head causing long-term damage to some athletes.

The same might be true of the MMA octagon as well, a new study says.

The more that partic...

24 May
Can Mindfulness Really Change Your Brain?

Can Mindfulness Really Change Your Brain?

Meditation and other mindfulness practices may improve your attention, but they won't lead to structural changes in your brain in the short-term, according to a new study.

Previous studies have shown that learning new skills, aerobic exercise and balance training could t...

20 May
Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

Poor eyesight makes it harder to read and easier to trip. But it can also lead to a misdiagnosis of mild mental decline in older people, according to a new, small study.

That can happen if someone's thinking abilities are assessed using vision-dependent tests, researcher...

19 May
Study in Rats Offers Hope for New Parkinson's Therapy

Study in Rats Offers Hope for New Parkinson's Therapy

Experimental stem cell replacement therapy for Parkinson's disease shows promise in rats and will soon be tested in a human clinical trial, researchers say.

"We cannot be more excited by the opportunity to help individuals who suffer from [a] genetic form of Parkinson's ...

12 May
Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

People who've had a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study.

"Approximately 1 in 10 people in our study who had major TBI did develop

10 May
The 3 Midlife Factors That Raise Your Odds for Alzheimer's

The 3 Midlife Factors That Raise Your Odds for Alzheimer's

Certain lifestyle factors can sway the risk of dementia, and a new study points to the top threats to Americans these days: obesity, physical inactivity and lack of a high school diploma.

Researchers found that in just the past decade, there has been a shift in the most ...

09 May
What Long Periods in Space Do to Astronauts' Brains

What Long Periods in Space Do to Astronauts' Brains

Scientists have unearthed new details about how astronauts' brains are affected by extended trips in space.

"These findings have important implications as we continue space exploration," said study co-author Dr. Juan Piantino. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics (...

06 May
Severe COVID May Age Survivors' Brains 20 Years: Study

Severe COVID May Age Survivors' Brains 20 Years: Study

A serious bout of COVID-19 can prompt a serious loss of brain power, new research warns, triggering a drop in IQ that's equivalent to aging from 50 to 70 in a matter of months.

"Previous research has indicated that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may suffer from ...

06 May
Fooled by Fake News: Does Age Matter?

Fooled by Fake News: Does Age Matter?

Older adults are no more likely to believe fake news than younger adults, with the exception of the very oldest, a new study finds.

Falling for fake news can have significant physical, emotional and financial consequences, especially for older adults who may have their l...

04 May
Alzheimer's Research Casts Doubt on Safety of Popular Brain Supplements

Alzheimer's Research Casts Doubt on Safety of Popular Brain Supplements

A dietary supplement believed to protect against Alzheimer's disease might instead be potentially harmful to the brain, a new study warns.

L-serine is an amino acid that s...

03 May
Scientists Calculate Perfect Amount of Sleep for Folks Over 40

Scientists Calculate Perfect Amount of Sleep for Folks Over 40

Are you over 40 and wonder what the magic amount of sleep every night might be? A new study arrives at an answer.

It turns out that seven hours of sleep a night may be the ideal amount for keeping your brain in good health if you're middle-aged or older.

"Getting a...

29 Apr
Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

Mom's voice may be music to a young child's brain, but the teen brain prefers to change the station, a new study finds.

Past research using brain imaging has revealed how important a mother's voice is to younger children: The sound stimulates not only hearin...

27 Apr
'Brain Zap' Technology May Help Hardcore Smokers Quit

'Brain Zap' Technology May Help Hardcore Smokers Quit

Smoking is said by some to be the hardest addiction to break, and certain people might benefit from brain stimulation to quit, French researchers suggest.

Smokers who received

22 Apr
More DNA Errors Seen in Brain Cells of Alzheimer's Patients

More DNA Errors Seen in Brain Cells of Alzheimer's Patients

Genetic mutations build up faster in the brain cells of Alzheimer's disease patients than in other people, new research reveals.

The discovery could point the way to new Alzheimer's t...

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