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20 Jul

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.

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05 Dec
Severe Seizures Are Rising, Especially Among Minorities

Severe Seizures Are Rising, Especially Among Minorities

Growing numbers of Americans are suffering prolonged, life-threatening seizures known as status epilepticus, and Black people are nearly twice as likely to experience these seizures as white people.

These are the main findings from new research looking at hospitaliz...

05 Dec
Vicious Cycle: Epilepsy Seizures Could Encourage More Seizures

Vicious Cycle: Epilepsy Seizures Could Encourage More Seizures

Seizures tend to get progressively worse over time in people with epilepsy, and a new study in mice suggests why that might be the case.

Seizures appear to prompt the brains of mice to produce more myelin, the insulating layer around nerve cells, researchers from Stanfor...

05 Dec
'COVID-somnia' May Be Easing as Americans Report Better Sleep

'COVID-somnia' May Be Easing as Americans Report Better Sleep

Finally, more than two years into the pandemic, Americans are sleeping better.

A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found t...

29 Nov
Second Death in Trial of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Is Raising Concerns

Second Death in Trial of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Is Raising Concerns

Two people have now died from brain hemorrhages that may be linked to an experimental Alzheimer's drug, calling into question the medication's safety.

A 65-year-old woman with early-stage Alzheimer's recently died from a massive brain bleed that some researchers link to ...

29 Nov
As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

Kids who are overweight or obese often struggle with school work, and now new research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.

“The main takeaway is to raise awareness about brain health consequences of obesity besides physical health co...

28 Nov
Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

Parents whose toddlers use certain Green Sprouts bottles or cups need to discard them immediately because of a risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.

When the base of the cups come apart, it exposes a solder dot that contains lea...

28 Nov
Berry Good for You: Some Foods Can Strengthen Your Brain

Berry Good for You: Some Foods Can Strengthen Your Brain

Eating more berries and drinking tea may help slow mental decline as you age, new research suggests.

In a study of more than 900 adults, researchers found that foods like these -- containing antioxidant flavonols -- delivered brain benefits to older adults. Flavono...

22 Nov
Even a Little Drinking in Pregnancy Can Reshape Fetal Brain

Even a Little Drinking in Pregnancy Can Reshape Fetal Brain

Exposure to even low levels of alcohol while in the womb can change the structure of the fetus' brain, according to Austrian researchers.

The study results suggest that pregnant women...

17 Nov
Seizure Risk Rises in Months After COVID

Seizure Risk Rises in Months After COVID

A bout of COVID-19, even a milder one, may raise the risk of having a seizure in the next six months, a large new study suggests.

Researchers found that of over 300,000 Americans who had suffered a case of COVID-19 or the flu, COVID sufferers were 55% more likely to be d...

17 Nov
Brain Imaging Shows How Young Kids Learn Quicker Than Grownups

Brain Imaging Shows How Young Kids Learn Quicker Than Grownups

Ever wonder why kids seem to pick up new knowledge and skills faster than adults?

A new study attributes the kids' mental prowess to differences in a brain messenger called GABA.

"Our results show that children of elementary school age can learn more items within a...

16 Nov
Aerobic Exercise Reinvigorates the Aging Brain

Aerobic Exercise Reinvigorates the Aging Brain

Regular aerobic exercise improves blood flow to the brain, which should help keep seniors sharper as they age, a new trial has revealed.

At least a half-hour of power walking or jogging four to five times a week promoted better blood flow in and out of the brain among a ...

15 Nov
Roberta Flack Has ALS, Can No Longer Sing

Roberta Flack Has ALS, Can No Longer Sing

Singer Roberta Flack has the incurable disease ALS and can't sing, but she plans to stay active on other projects, her manager said Monday.

Flack, 85, is a Grammy winner best known for hits that include “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The First Time Ever I ...

14 Nov
Binge Eating Disorder Looks Different in Brains of Boys and Girls

Binge Eating Disorder Looks Different in Brains of Boys and Girls

The brains of girls and boys who have binge eating disorder show key differences, according to a new study.

That's an important finding, researchers say, because both gender...

13 Nov
Alzheimer's Experts Offer Tips for 'Dementia-Friendly' Homes

Alzheimer's Experts Offer Tips for 'Dementia-Friendly' Homes

While most homes aren't designed to be dementia-friendly, they can easily be adapted, according to a national Alzheimer's disease group.

"Virtually every aspect of a home can affect the person's quality of life," said

11 Nov
Science Reveals Why Eye Contact Is Tough for People With Autism

Science Reveals Why Eye Contact Is Tough for People With Autism

A common characteristic of autism is a reluctance to make eye contact with others, and researchers now think they know where in the brain this comes from.

Brain scans show that folks with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had significantly less activity in their dorsal pari...

10 Nov
Growing Up With Lead in Drinking Water May Dull Brain in Old Age

Growing Up With Lead in Drinking Water May Dull Brain in Old Age

Lead is known to damage young children's brains, and a new study suggests the effects may still be apparent in old age.

Researchers found that among nearly 1,100 older U.S. adults, those who grew up in cities with lead-contaminated drinking water generally scored worse o...

10 Nov
Could 'Food Stamps' Program Give Memory a Boost?

Could 'Food Stamps' Program Give Memory a Boost?

Signing up for "food stamps" might help lower-income seniors preserve their mental capabilities, a new U.S. study suggests.

Researchers found that eligible older adults who used the government's

09 Nov
Targeting Key Cells in Spinal Cord Got Paralyzed Patients Walking Again

Targeting Key Cells in Spinal Cord Got Paralyzed Patients Walking Again

In an advance in treating spinal cord injuries, researchers have pinpointed nerve cells that are key to allowing people with paralysis to walk again.

The findings come, in part, from nine patients involved in an ongoing Swiss study that is seeking to restore movemen...

08 Nov
Why Patients on Ventilators May Take Weeks to Regain Consciousness

Why Patients on Ventilators May Take Weeks to Regain Consciousness

While it can take some time for COVID patients who are taken off ventilators to regain consciousness, a new study suggests this is not necessarily a bad omen.

Instead, it might be the way the body protects the brain from oxygen deprivation as a patient starts to recover....

08 Nov
Ovary Removal Before Menopause Could Raise a Woman's Odds for Parkinson's

Ovary Removal Before Menopause Could Raise a Woman's Odds for Parkinson's

Women who have both ovaries removed before menopause may have a heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease years later, a new study suggests.

Looking at decades of data on more than 5,000 women,

07 Nov
1 in 5 People Saved by CPR Recall 'Lucid Dying'

1 in 5 People Saved by CPR Recall 'Lucid Dying'

People have long talked about having near-death experiences in which they felt they were looking down on themselves while others tried to save them.

Now researchers have documented some of those experiences. In a new study, investigators found that about 20% of patients...

05 Nov
Clocks 'Fall Back' on Sunday: Sleep Expert Offers Tips to Adjust

Clocks 'Fall Back' on Sunday: Sleep Expert Offers Tips to Adjust

It's time for time to fall back an hour, but fortunately that change is more in line with humans' circadian rhythm than springing forward.

This provides an opportunity for people to “fix” their circadian rhythm, that 24-hour body clock that regulates hormone release...

03 Nov
Autism Alters Brain in Major Ways, Study Finds

Autism Alters Brain in Major Ways, Study Finds

Autism is a more comprehensive disorder than previously thought, and appears to arise from brain changes located throughout the cerebral cortex, not just in specific areas, a new study reports.

Because of autism's specific symptoms, scientists had thought the disorder wa...

02 Nov
What's Better for Your Brain, Crossword Puzzles or Computer Games?

What's Better for Your Brain, Crossword Puzzles or Computer Games?

Older adults looking to slow down memory loss might find some help in a classic brain-teaser: the crossword puzzle.

That's the suggestion of a small study that followed older adults with mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory and thinking that may progress to...

27 Oct
Scientists Use Sound to Ease Patients' Chronic Nightmares

Scientists Use Sound to Ease Patients' Chronic Nightmares

People plagued by frequent nightmares may find relief from hearing a specific sound as they sleep, a new, small study suggests.

It's estimated that about 4% of adults have nightmares that are frequent and distressing enough to impair their sleep and daily functioning. In...

27 Oct
Brain Waves Could Help Guide Concussion Diagnosis, Treatment

Brain Waves Could Help Guide Concussion Diagnosis, Treatment

A particular brain wave may help diagnose concussions in high school football players and predict when it's safe for them to return to play, new research suggests.

Delta waves are markers of brain injury and perhaps healing. They tend to decrease with age, but

27 Oct
Deadly Aneurysm-Linked Strokes Are Rising, Especially Among Black Americans

Deadly Aneurysm-Linked Strokes Are Rising, Especially Among Black Americans

An often-deadly type of stroke -- subarachnoid hemorrhage -- is on the upswing in the United States, particularly among Black people, new research shows.

Unlike the more common ischemic stroke,

26 Oct
Keeping Blood Pressure in Check Could Cut Your Odds for Dementia

Keeping Blood Pressure in Check Could Cut Your Odds for Dementia

Controlling high blood pressure in older adults may be one of the "best bets" for reducing the risk of developing dementia, Australian researchers report.

"Given population aging and...

25 Oct
Toddlers Nap a Lot - and Then They Don't. New Research Uncovers Why

Toddlers Nap a Lot - and Then They Don't. New Research Uncovers Why

Why do some preschoolers refuse naps while others have a meltdown without an afternoon snooze? Researchers suspect it may have a lot to do with a specific memory-related part of the brain.

While young children all need a lot of sleep, they do vary widely in when they sto...

25 Oct
Scientists Probe How Sleep Helps Create Lasting Memories

Scientists Probe How Sleep Helps Create Lasting Memories

It's a question many have asked: How are memories made to last?

Now, a new study claims they are solidified during sleep through the interplay of two distinct brain regions.

Memories are set in the brain as it cycles between slow-wave and rapid eye movement (

24 Oct
Video Games May Bring Cognitive Benefits to Kids: Study

Video Games May Bring Cognitive Benefits to Kids: Study

School-age kids who spend hours a day playing video games may outperform their peers on certain tests of mental agility, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with children who never played video games, those who regularly spent hours gaming had higher sc...

24 Oct
Science Reveals Genes That Help Drive Dyslexia

Science Reveals Genes That Help Drive Dyslexia

Some children struggle to read or spell because of a condition called dyslexia that is known to run in families.

Now, researchers report they have pinpointed a large number of genes respo...

21 Oct
Even a Pasted-On Smile Can Lighten Your Mood

Even a Pasted-On Smile Can Lighten Your Mood

If you're feeling a little low, smile anyway. That alone could shift your mood.

This idea is known as the facial feedback hypothesis, and rese...

21 Oct
1 in 10 U.S. Seniors Has Dementia; Minorities Hit Hardest

1 in 10 U.S. Seniors Has Dementia; Minorities Hit Hardest

One in 10 older Americans has dementia, and twice as many have mild mental impairment, a new study finds.

As the nation's population grows older, the burden on families and society is likely to grow, and minorities will be affected most, experts say.

"As the popula...

20 Oct
Cellular 'Fix' Treatment Shows Promise Against ALS in Small Study

Cellular 'Fix' Treatment Shows Promise Against ALS in Small Study

Researchers have made early progress toward a new approach to treating the deadly brain disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): using patients' own immune system T cells.

13 Oct
Curbing Football Drills Could Make High School Football Safer

Curbing Football Drills Could Make High School Football Safer

Tackling drills are typically a staple of high school football practices, but new research suggests dropping them from training might cut the risk of head hits.

Using mouth guards with sensors that recorded every head hit, researchers found players who spent 5,144 minute...

13 Oct
Study Casts Doubt on Mediterranean Diet's Benefit to Brain

Study Casts Doubt on Mediterranean Diet's Benefit to Brain

A healthy diet might not protect you from dementia as some have suggested, according to a new Swedish study.

The Mediterranean diet — which include...

12 Oct
Group of Brain Cells in Dish Can Play Computer Game Pong

Group of Brain Cells in Dish Can Play Computer Game Pong

Scientists have taught a brain cell culture living in a laboratory dish to play the vintage table-tennis video game Pong.

It's the first demonstration that a collection of lab-grown brain cells can be taught to perform goal-directed tasks, the Australian

12 Oct
Scientists Transplant Human Brain Cells Into Rat Brains, a Boon to Research

Scientists Transplant Human Brain Cells Into Rat Brains, a Boon to Research

Human brain tissue has been successfully transplanted into the brains of rats using a cutting-edge experimental procedure, say researchers. They envision the achievement as a promising new frontier in medical research.

Groups of living human nerve cells have become integ...

11 Oct
When Stroke Harms One Side of a Newborn's Brain, Other Side Takes Over

When Stroke Harms One Side of a Newborn's Brain, Other Side Takes Over

Many language skills are "left brain," but a new study shows that when a newborn suffers a stroke in that region, the brain is able to shift those language duties to the right.

The researchers said the fi...

10 Oct
Mouse Study Points to Why Alzheimer's Affects Women More Than Men

Mouse Study Points to Why Alzheimer's Affects Women More Than Men

Women are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease twice as often as men. Now researchers think they know why.

A new study found evidence in mice and human brain tissue that may explain th...

06 Oct
Fish Oil Could Strengthen Your Aging Brain

Fish Oil Could Strengthen Your Aging Brain

Fish has been dubbed "brain food," and a new study suggests that may really be true for middle-aged adults.

Researchers found that among more than 2,000 middle-aged people, those with higher blood le...

06 Oct
Petting a Dog Does Your Brain Some Good

Petting a Dog Does Your Brain Some Good

If you have dogs, you probably already know that petting them can give you a lift.

Researchers set out to prove that using technology to show what happens in the brain when stroking or sitting next to a dog. They also compared that to petting a stuffed animal.

Th...

05 Oct
Scientists Propose New Mechanism Driving Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists Propose New Mechanism Driving Alzheimer's Disease

Amyloid-beta plaques have long been linked to Alzheimer's disease, with some scientists theorizing that the plaques actually cause the degenerative brain disease.

But a new study suggests that the plaques are actually a symptom of what's going on in the brain, rather tha...

03 Oct
Brain Secrets of the Super-Sharp 'Super-Agers'

Brain Secrets of the Super-Sharp 'Super-Agers'

Researchers have discovered another clue as to how some older people stay sharp as a tack into their 80s and beyond: Their brain cells are really big.

The study focused on what scientists have dubbed "super-agers" — a select group of elderly adults who have the memory ...

30 Sep
FDA Approves New ALS Drug Despite Uncertain Data

FDA Approves New ALS Drug Despite Uncertain Data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday gave its approval to a new drug for

28 Sep
New Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Phase 3 Clinical Trial

New Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Phase 3 Clinical Trial

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay) -- Japanese drugmaker Eisai on Wednesday said its experimental drug lecanemab helped slow thinking declines among people in the early stages of Alzheimer's diseas...

26 Sep
Study Points to Jobs With Highest Risk for ALS

Study Points to Jobs With Highest Risk for ALS

People who work in manufacturing, welding and chemical operations and are exposed to hazardous chemicals may face a higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS...

23 Sep
Hints That Experimental Drug Might Curb a Form of ALS

Hints That Experimental Drug Might Curb a Form of ALS

People with a rare genetic form of ALS may benefit from extended use of an investigational drug, a new study shows.

The medication, tofersen, benefited patients with mutations of the gene SOD1. These mutations create a misfolded version of a protein, which leads to

22 Sep
Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope Against Severe OCD

Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope Against Severe OCD

When traditional treatments fail to help patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an implant that zaps the brain with electr...

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