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Is A Bigger Brain Better?

Brain size doesn't always matter when it comes to aging and memory.

Short Bouts of Exercise May Help Save Your Memory

Just minutes of physical activity a day can protect your brain as you age.

Making Time for Friends May Protect Your Brain Health

Being socially active in middle age may lower your risk of dementia, study finds

Exercise and Brain Health

Exercise helps delay cognitive decline and may protect against Alzheimer's.

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07 Feb
More Aggressive Surgery Can Extend Survival From Brain Cancer: Study

More Aggressive Surgery Can Extend Survival From Brain Cancer: Study

Adults with glioblastoma -- the most common and deadly type of brain tumor -- could survive more than twice as long if surgeons removed surrounding tissue as well as the tumor, a new study finds.

That involves cutting out "non-contrast-enhancing tumor" -- which doesn...

06 Feb
Gene Variation May Protect Against Alzheimer's: Study

Gene Variation May Protect Against Alzheimer's: Study

A breakthrough study has identified a class of natural gene variants that may protect against Alzheimer's disease.

For the study, researchers at University College London analyzed DNA from more than 10,000 people -- half with Alzheimer's and half without. The investi...

05 Feb
Young-Onset Parkinson's May Start in the Womb, New Research Suggests

Young-Onset Parkinson's May Start in the Womb, New Research Suggests

People who develop Parkinson's disease at a younger age (before age 50) may have malfunctioning brain cells at birth, according to a study that also identified a drug that may help these patients.

At least 500,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Parkin...

05 Feb
Lab Discovery Offers Promise for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Lab Discovery Offers Promise for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

A new discovery could lead to better treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, researchers report.

MS occurs when immune cells get into the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), ca...

04 Feb
High-Tech 'Exoskeleton' Can Give Mobility Back to People With MS

High-Tech 'Exoskeleton' Can Give Mobility Back to People With MS

Most people take the ability to move for granted, but not Kathy Miska.

Miska has had multiple sclerosis for two decades now, and her ability to get around has deteriorated steadily.

Now, a new robotic exoskeleton is giving her an opportunity to regain some of t...

30 Jan
Many Moms-to-Be Are Stressed, and it Might Affect Baby's Brain

Many Moms-to-Be Are Stressed, and it Might Affect Baby's Brain

Many mothers-to-be feel overwhelmed by stress, and it might have implications for their babies' brain development in the womb, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that even in a group of highly educated, healthy pregnant women, stress and anxiety were common....

29 Jan
Diets Rich in Fruits, Veggies Could Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer's

Diets Rich in Fruits, Veggies Could Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer's

Older adults who regularly consume a group of antioxidants called flavonols may have a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

The compounds exist in many fruits and vegetables, with the richest sources including green vegetables like ...

28 Jan
Psychedelic Drug Eases Cancer Patients' Distress Long Term

Psychedelic Drug Eases Cancer Patients' Distress Long Term

A single dose of the psychedelic ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may bring long-lasting relief to cancer patients who suffer anxiety and depression, a new, small study suggests.

Researchers found that of 15 patients who'd received a one-time treatment with psilocybin...

27 Jan
Gene Test Might Spot Soccer Players at High Risk for Brain Trouble

Gene Test Might Spot Soccer Players at High Risk for Brain Trouble

A gene mutation implicated in the risk for Alzheimer's disease might also impair memory in soccer players who head the ball a lot, a new study suggests.

The finding could have implications for young athletes in contact sports where the head can take hits during play...

27 Jan
Does Size Matter? Volume of Brain Area Not Always Tied to Memory, Thinking

Does Size Matter? Volume of Brain Area Not Always Tied to Memory, Thinking

When it comes to parts of your brain, bigger isn't necessarily better.

Experts long believed that a bigger hippocampus meant better memory. But new research finds that the size of this seahorse-shaped structure deep in the brain doesn't always predict learning and me...

23 Jan
Blacks, Hispanics More Likely to Have Better Outcome After 'Bleeding' Stroke

Blacks, Hispanics More Likely to Have Better Outcome After 'Bleeding' Stroke

After a hemorrhagic stroke, often called a "bleeding" stroke, young black and Hispanic people are less likely than white people to be disabled or die within the following three months, a new study finds.

Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel ruptures, causin...

23 Jan
Rare Disease Put This Young Mom in a Coma for 7 Months

Rare Disease Put This Young Mom in a Coma for 7 Months

Kertisha Brabson's mom rushed to the hospital after being told her adult daughter was acting out of her mind.

"She was talking out of her head, dancing like she was at a concert," recalls Kertease Williams. "She was trying to get out of the room. They had to have a n...

22 Jan
When Dementia Harms Speech, Native Language Matters

When Dementia Harms Speech, Native Language Matters

Dementia patients may develop distinct speech and reading problems depending on their native language, a new study finds.

The study included 20 English-speaking and 18 Italian-speaking patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a neurodegenerative disorder that...

21 Jan
Brain Waves Offer Insight Into Autism-Linked Sleep Struggles

Brain Waves Offer Insight Into Autism-Linked Sleep Struggles

Shallower-than-normal brain waves may play a role in serious sleep problems in children with autism, a new study suggests.

Previous research has shown that between 40% and 80% of children with autism have sleep issues, such as trouble falling asleep or waking...

17 Jan
How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

Hearing that your unborn baby has congenital heart disease can be traumatic, but now new research suggests that if you experience stress, anxiety or depression afterward it could affect your baby's brain development.

Congenital heart disease (structural problems with...

14 Jan
Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

Severe deprivation in childhood can lead to a smaller-than-normal brain, lower IQ and attention deficits in early adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed MRI brain scans of 67 young adults, ages 23 to 28, who were institutionalized as children in Romani...

08 Jan
Even 1 Night's Bad Sleep Can Raise Levels of a Brain 'Marker' for Alzheimer's

Even 1 Night's Bad Sleep Can Raise Levels of a Brain 'Marker' for Alzheimer's

Poor sleep has been linked to the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and now a new study suggests a possible reason why.

A small group of young, healthy men deprived of just one night of sleep had higher blood levels of tau protein than when they had a ...

08 Jan
AHA News: Worried About Dementia? Check This Blood Pressure Number

AHA News: Worried About Dementia? Check This Blood Pressure Number

The top number on a blood pressure test is widely viewed as the best gauge of a person's overall risk for heart disease. But the bottom number could be important when it comes to evaluating the chance of a person having scars on their brain that could be an indicator for demen...

02 Jan
Study Might Point Alzheimer's Research in Whole New Direction

Study Might Point Alzheimer's Research in Whole New Direction

A new brain scanning technique is shaking up what researchers thought they knew about Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers now say they can predict with reasonable accuracy which brain regions will wither and atrophy in Alzheimer's by identifying the places where tau pro...

31 Dec
Yoga May Bring a Brain Boost, Review Shows

Yoga May Bring a Brain Boost, Review Shows

Looking for a way to improve your memory, gain control over your emotions, and boost your ability to multitask?

A new brain scan study may be just the incentive you need to put yoga at the top of your New Years' to-do list.

The review of 11 published studie...

30 Dec
More Doubt That Plaques in the Brain Cause Alzheimer's

More Doubt That Plaques in the Brain Cause Alzheimer's

For decades, scientists have known that Alzheimer's disease is accompanied by the buildup of clumps of amyloid protein between brain cells. Could these plaques be causing the disease?

That's been a prevailing theory driving Alzheimer's research for years. But a new ...

26 Dec
Could Brain Scans Spot Children's Mood, Attention Problems Early?

Could Brain Scans Spot Children's Mood, Attention Problems Early?

Children's mental health issues are hard to predict until they're causing problems, but researchers may have found a way to use brain scans to spot which kids are at risk for depression, anxiety and attention problems.

"We're facing a tremendous epidemic with teen a...

24 Dec
Brain Damage Changes Over Time in Boxers, MMA Fighters

Brain Damage Changes Over Time in Boxers, MMA Fighters

Brain damage occurs in boxers and mixed martial arts fighters alike, but it unfolds differently as these athletes age, a new study finds.

Among current fighters, the loss of brain volume results from tearing of nerve fibers as the brain moves inside the skull. Among...

16 Dec
Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Parkinson's Patients

Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Parkinson's Patients

A drug used to fight chronic myeloid leukemia might also relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease, a new study finds.

In a phase 2 clinical trial, researchers found that the drug nilotinib (brand name: Tasigna) increased production of dopamine and halted decline in m...

12 Dec
Differences Found in Brains of Kids Born to Depressed Parents

Differences Found in Brains of Kids Born to Depressed Parents

The brains of kids who have a high risk of depression because they have parents with depression are structurally different from other kids' brains, a new study finds.

Depression often first appears during adolescence. Having a parent with depression is one of the big...

09 Dec
Could Obesity Alter a Child's Brain Structure?

Could Obesity Alter a Child's Brain Structure?

Childhood obesity may be linked to changes in brain structure that might result in impulsive kids who struggle with problem-solving, a new study reports.

Overweight and obese children tend to have a thinner prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain associated with decis...

09 Dec
Playing Sports Might Sharpen Your Hearing

Playing Sports Might Sharpen Your Hearing

Playing sports may improve the brain's ability to process sounds, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people who struggle with hearing, researchers report.

"No one would argue against the fact that sports lead to better physical fitness, but we don't alway...

04 Dec
Antarctic Study Shows Isolation, Monotony May Change the Human Brain

Antarctic Study Shows Isolation, Monotony May Change the Human Brain

Antarctica is one of the loneliest places on Earth.

Endless expanses of white give way to almost complete darkness during the long winter months. Companionship is largely limited to those who've joined you in these achingly cold wilds.

That overwhelming iso...

04 Dec
Ski Your Way to a Healthier Aging Brain

Ski Your Way to a Healthier Aging Brain

Cross-country skiing may be good for your brain, a new study suggests.

Previous research found that participants of the Vasaloppet, a popular long-distance, cross-country skiing race in Sweden, have a lower risk of heart attack, but potential brain benefits have been...

04 Dec
Birth Control Pill May Alter Part of Women's Brains

Birth Control Pill May Alter Part of Women's Brains

A small, preliminary study suggests that a brain area called the hypothalamus appears to be about 6% smaller in women who use birth control pills.

But exactly what that means isn't yet clear. In this study, women on the pill had statistically significant increas...

03 Dec
Babies May 'See' Light While in the Womb

Babies May 'See' Light While in the Womb

Though fetuses spend nine months in a dark womb, they may detect light by the second trimester, a new study in mice suggests.

That's when light-sensing cells develop in the retina, and it may set up the day-night rhythms that the infant will follow, the researchers ...

02 Dec
Cards, Board Games Could Be a Win for Aging Brains

Cards, Board Games Could Be a Win for Aging Brains

Playing cards and board games like chess, bingo and Scrabble might be the mental workout you need to keep your wits as you age, Scottish researchers suggest.

People in their 70s who regularly play board games score higher on tests of memo...

27 Nov
Ultrasound Treatment Might Ease Parkinson's Tremors

Ultrasound Treatment Might Ease Parkinson's Tremors

Ultrasound may provide lasting relief from the involuntary muscle movements that are so debilitating to people with Parkinson's disease and another condition called "essential tremor," a small study concludes.

The treatment is still scarce, but it appears to deliver ...

25 Nov
Obesity May Change the Teen Brain, MRI Study Shows

Obesity May Change the Teen Brain, MRI Study Shows

Obese teenagers can have certain brain differences from their thinner peers -- changes that might signal damage from inflammation, a new, preliminary study suggests.

Using advanced MRI techniques, researchers found that obese teenagers tended to have signs of decreas...

25 Nov
Opioid Exposure in Womb Alters the Infant Brain

Opioid Exposure in Womb Alters the Infant Brain

Exposure to opioids in the womb may affect an area of the newborn brain that regulates emotions, a new study shows.

Researchers used MRIs to assess brain activity in 16 full-term infants while they slept, specifically focusing on connectivity in a region called the...

22 Nov
An HIV Med Is Tied to Too-Small Heads in Newborns

An HIV Med Is Tied to Too-Small Heads in Newborns

Children born to women who take the HIV drug efavirenz during pregnancy have a higher risk of small head size -- a birth defect known as microcephaly -- compared to babies exposed to other HIV drugs in the womb, new research shows.

Prenatal exposure to the drug was a...

21 Nov
AHA News: Obesity, Other Factors May Speed Up Brain Aging

AHA News: Obesity, Other Factors May Speed Up Brain Aging

The brains of middle-age adults may be aging prematurely if they have obesity or other factors linked to cardiovascular disease, new research has found.

Almost one-quarter of adults have metabolic syndrome, a set of factors that in combination amplify a person's ris...

21 Nov
She Lives With Seizures, and Public Stigma, Every Day

She Lives With Seizures, and Public Stigma, Every Day

Most of the time, Eva Wadzinski is a typical college student. Then suddenly, she isn't.

Wadzinski has epilepsy and has disruptive seizure clusters as often as 40 times a day.

They are not typical "Hollywood" seizures where people convulse (tonic-clonic se...

20 Nov
Ultrasound May Ease Common Form of Hand Tremor

Ultrasound May Ease Common Form of Hand Tremor

A treatment that delivers ultrasound waves to the brain may bring lasting relief to some people with debilitating hand tremors, a new study finds.

The study involved 76 patients with essential tremor -- a neurological condition that most often causes trembling in the...

20 Nov
Using Psychedelic Brew 'Like Dreaming With Your Eyes Open': Study

Using Psychedelic Brew 'Like Dreaming With Your Eyes Open': Study

An ingredient in the psychedelic brew ayahuasca causes "waking dreams" by significantly changing brain activity, a new study says.

Ayahuasca is a tea or brew made from vines and leaves of the Amazon rainforest. DMT (or dimethyltryptamine) is one of its main psychoact...

19 Nov
Animal Study Offers Hope for Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries

Animal Study Offers Hope for Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries

In a finding that might one day counter some of the damage of severe brain injury in humans, researchers report that embryonic neurons implanted in brain-injured mice helped resurrect memory and eased seizures.

"The idea to regrow neurons that die off after a brain ...

19 Nov
They Had Half Their Brains Removed. Here's What Happened After

They Had Half Their Brains Removed. Here's What Happened After

Many people think of their brain as an overstuffed attic. Every square-inch is either crammed with information or working overtime to help the body function properly. So is it even conceivable that a person be normal with just half a brain?

Yes, apparently it ...

19 Nov
Umbilical Cord 'Milking' Procedure Dangerous for Preemies: Study

Umbilical Cord 'Milking' Procedure Dangerous for Preemies: Study

Squeezing the last drops of blood from the umbilical cord has been touted to help preterm babies get more of the nutrients they need, but it may be dangerous, a new study finds.

When umbilical cord blood is forced into the baby's abdomen, the pressure can cause tin...

18 Nov
Stereotypes About Girls and Math Don't Add Up, Scans Show

Stereotypes About Girls and Math Don't Add Up, Scans Show

Girls and boys have no differences in brain function or math ability, according to researchers who used imaging to analyze kids' brain development.

The study is the latest to debunk the common myth that women are less suited to work in science, technology, engineerin...

12 Nov
Jimmy Carter Recovering After Brain Procedure

Jimmy Carter Recovering After Brain Procedure

After three falls in recent months, former President Jimmy Carter was recovering at an Atlanta hospital Tuesday morning following surgery to ease pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from those falls.

The 95-year-old "is recovering at Emory University Hospital fo...

12 Nov
AHA News: Omega-3 May Boost Brain Health in People With a Common Heart Disease

AHA News: Omega-3 May Boost Brain Health in People With a Common Heart Disease

Omega-3 fatty acids have drawn attention for their potential to keep people's thinking sharp as they age, and new research appears to support that notion for some heart patients.

The study found taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements was associated with better brain ...

07 Nov
When Music Takes a Surprise Turn, Listening Pleasure Follows

When Music Takes a Surprise Turn, Listening Pleasure Follows

A combination of uncertainty and surprise in chord progression gives you pleasure when you listen to music, a new study shows.

Researchers used a machine learning model to mathematically analyze 80,000 chords in 745 classic U.S. Billboard pop songs. Other elements su...

06 Nov
Education a Buffer Against Alzheimer's Among Blacks: Study

Education a Buffer Against Alzheimer's Among Blacks: Study

Higher levels of education may counter the genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease among older black adults, a new study indicates.

"This suggests that education can buffer the effects of the APOE e4 gene on episodic memory retention and working memory, which are usually...

06 Nov
Sleepless Nights Could Raise Heart Risks

Sleepless Nights Could Raise Heart Risks

Sleep problems could increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and other heart and brain diseases, a new study suggests.

It included 487,200 people in China, average age 51, with no history of stroke or heart disease. They were asked if they had any of these proble...

06 Nov
Even a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain Boost

Even a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain Boost

Just 10 minutes of exercise a day appears to sharpen mental prowess, new research suggests.

"Getting off the couch and walking a block can help keep you on the right track," said study author Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor at Boston University School...

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