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

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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 a worrisome 236% rise in these infections and wondered why.

Although rare, these infections can be mild, needing o...

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 responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the advised nine to 12 hours' sleep.

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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 often have more difficulty with so-called

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 could predict their loss of mental function and warn of structural changes in the brain that are important in Alzheimer...

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 new study looked at lifestyle habits that could help lower risks, instead of factors that may...

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

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  • July 27, 2022
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  • Most Post-Stroke Depression Still Goes Untreated

    While depression is common after a stroke, most stroke patients who need mental health care aren't getting the help they need, new research reveals.

    Roughly one in three stroke victims have depression. But about two-thirds of those received no mental health treatment. Patients who were older, men, Black people or Hispanic folks were even less likely to get help, the study found.

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    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 Alzheimer's without showing a decline i...

    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.

    "We've never seen this connection between the nose and the

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  • July 21, 2022
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  • 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, researchers report.

    A disease of the brain that is characterized by shaking hands, Parkinson's is a condition that wor...

    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.

    Researchers found that among nearly 21,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who drank as little as a few beers a week sh...

    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 provides pain relief to its practiti...

    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 prosopagnosia, an extremely rare neurological condition that makes it difficult to tell f...

    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 sometimes used to tell me, 'you're being hangry.' And I kind of always thought that's not a real thing -- it's not a real psycho...

    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/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - known as noradrenergic drugs - might also help treat key aspects of Alzheimer's.

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    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 genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's that is spec...

    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 through menopause have more white matter hyperintensities in their brains than premenopausal women or men of the same age, res...

    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 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Vermillion died from an accidental overdose in December 2020.

    "Th...

    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 over four years were 40% less likely to develop

    Acupuncture Might Ease Tension Headaches

    Tension headaches can make you feel like a vice is squeezing your entire head, and if you're among the millions prone to these crushing headaches, a new study brings some welcome news.

    Acupuncture may help prevent tension

    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, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage.

    "There are gaps in our knowledge around the harmful...

    Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

    Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.

    Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared with adults who were not exposed to an...

    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 ongoing study of long-haulers by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

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  • June 20, 2022
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  • 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 study, a Latin dance program was offered to more than 300 Spanish speakers over four years at 12 different sites in Chic...

    Cost of Brand-Name Epilepsy Meds Is Soaring

    Managing epilepsy is an increasingly expensive process in the United States, with prices of brand-name anti-seizure drugs nearly quadrupling over eight years, a new study finds.

    From 2010 to 2018, the cost of brand-named epilepsy drugs, including meds like Vimpat (lacosamide), rose 277% overall, researchers found. Over the same period, the cost of generic drugs dropped 42%.

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    '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

    Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

    The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental problems. The greatest risk was in the third trimester,

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  • June 10, 2022
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  • 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 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of p...

    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 study findings highlight the importance of early treatment, to prevent long-term structural brain changes in people with...

    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 risk to patients, such as when a fever gets too high or people don't eat or drink enough, according to the Harvard Univers...

    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 social isolation - but not loneliness - can cause changes to ce...

    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 Parkinson's disease in some older adults.

    "Although it can be really beneficial to diagnose Parkins...

    'Mental Resilience' May Give Holocaust Survivors an Edge After Surgery

    Holocaust survivors have a lower risk of delirium after surgery than others their age, and a new study suggests it may owe to mental resilience developed in response to their horrific experiences.

    "Given that Holocaust survivors are at increased risk of a range of physical and psycholo...

    Most COVID Long-Haulers Still Having Symptoms 15 Months Later

    Many COVID-19 patients who didn't wind up in the hospital continue to battle lingering health issues more than a year later, a new study finds.

    These long-haulers continue to suffer neurologic symptoms, fatigue and a compromised quality of life long after their initial infection.

    "We were surprised by the persistence of most of the debilitating neurologic symptoms of our patients, ...

    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 participants in mixed martial arts spar in ...

    Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

    Dementia risk factors appear to shift with age, and experts say knowing that could help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

    "Dementia is a complicated disease and risk prediction scores need to b...

    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 disease, but the lessons learned from this trial will also directly impact patients who suffer from sporadic, or non-gen...

    Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

    After 30 years, researchers believe they finally have definitive evidence of the primary cause of Gulf War syndrome: exposure to low levels of the nerve gas sarin.

    Gulf War syndrome is blamed for leaving a quarter million veterans of the 1991 conflict with a disabling array of long-...

    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 important modifiable risk factors for dementia in the United States. In 2011, the big three were physical inactivity, de...

    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 (neurology) at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, in Portland. "It also forces you to think about som...

    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 lasting problems in terms of their ability to concentrate and problem solve," noted study author Adam Hampshire. He's an...

    Understanding How COVID Can Trigger Loss of Smell

    It has happened to millions during the pandemic: a sudden loss of smell that heralds the start of a COVID-19 infection. But scientists have been stumped as to why.

    Until now.

    New research suggests the symptom is due to inflammation rather than directly caused by the coronavirus.

    The researchers noted that loss of smell (

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  • Former College Football Players Suffer More Brain Disorders as They Age

    College football players live longer than those who didn't play, but they suffer more brain-related issues as they age, a new study finds.

    Among former Notre Dame football players, being physically fit was tied to lower deaths from heart disease and diabetes. But the former players were five times more likely to have impaired thinking and memory ("cognition") and 2.5 times more likely to ...

    Your Personality May Safeguard Your Aging Brain

    Certain personality traits may make older adults more or less vulnerable to waning memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

    The study, of nearly 2,000 older adults, found that those high on the "conscientious" scale - organized, self-disciplined and productive - were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. That refers to subtler problems with memory and other mental ski...

    Could Some Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds Help Lower Alzheimer's Risk?

    In their search for a drug to prevent Alzheimer's disease, scientists are taking a look at certain rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

    Preliminary findings suggest that a type of rheumatoid arthritis drug known as TNF inhibitors may lower dementia risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients who also suffer from heart disease.

    But no one is suggesting these drugs be prescribed broadly to stave of...

    New Insights Into Why Alzheimer's Can Bring Drowsiness

    Alzheimer's patients are often drowsy during the day, but it might not be because of poor sleep at night.

    Instead, a clinical trial that monitored patients' sleep and then studied their brains after death discovered an entirely different reason for such sleepiness -- they suffer a loss of neurons th...

    New Charts Track 'Normal' Brain Growth, Decline Through the Life Span

    Doctors use all sorts of tools to determine if a person is fit and developing normally -- charts tracking height and weight for growing children, tables showing healthy blood pressure and cholesterol in adults.

    Now an international team of researchers has created the first standardized tool to track ...

    A Rose Is a Rose: Worldwide, People Like the Same Smells

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, wrote William Shakespeare.

    It appears he was correct.

    The smells that people like or loathe are determined not by cultural experiences but mostly by the structure of the odor molecule, according to a new international study.

    "We want...

    Managing a Baby's Low Blood Sugar Is Key to Health

    Correcting low blood sugar in infants reduces their risk of brain development problems later in life, new studies show.

    Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in babies, affecting more than 1 in 6. Glucose (sugar) is the main source of energy for the brain, and untre...

    Early Promise From Experimental Drug to Treat Alzheimer's

    Researchers are working on a pill that might safely help people with early Alzheimer's disease improve their thinking and memory skills and possibly even live independently longer.

    The new study was only designed to gather data on the experimental drug's safety, but when 26 patients with mild to mod...

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