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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.

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Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle Age

People who suffer a heart attack or stroke in middle age may develop memory and thinking problems earlier in life, too, a new study finds.

The study, published online Jan. 25 in the journal Neurology, focused on people who had developed premature cardiovascular disease. That refers...

Initial Symptoms Could Predict How Fast Alzheimer's Progresses

Memory loss is the most common symptom associated with Alzheimer’s disease — the terrifying prospect of slowly forgetting yourself and everything around you.

But people who exhibit memory loss early on in their dementia actually have a slower rate of decline than those who develop other symptoms earlier, a

Preterm Birth Tied to Lower IQs, Poorer School Grades

By the time they're teenagers, babies born prematurely may be getting poorer school grades than their non-preemie peers.

Researchers found that babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy had lower scores on math and language tests during their teen years compared to kids born at 40 weeks.

However, the study did not find a significant difference in later brain function in babies born b...

Some Athletes May Need an Extra Month for Concussion Recovery

Some college athletes take longer to recover from a concussion, but a new study offers them some good news.

They may still be able to return to play -- after one extra month of recovery, researchers report Jan. 18 in the journal Neurology.

"Although an athlete may experience a slow or delayed recovery, there is reason to believe recovery is achievable with additional time ...

Could Gut Bacteria Help Spur Parkinson's Disease?

A recent study suggests that Parkinson's disease, in which parts of the brain are progressively damaged over many years, may actually start in the gut.

Nearly 30% of the gut bacteria in patients with Parkinson's disease differed from those without the disease, according to the study ...

Black, Hispanic People With Epilepsy Often Miss Out on Latest Meds

American adults who have epilepsy and are Black or Hispanic are less likely than white adults to be prescribed the latest medications, according to new research.

“While finding the right medication is often a trial-and-error process that is based on the individual, studies have shown that use of newer medications improves outcomes, and some newer medications have fewer side effects,” ...

Could 6 Minutes of Exercise Help Shield Your Brain From Alzheimer's?

Six minutes of high-intensity exercise might prolong the lifespan of a healthy brain, perhaps delaying the start of Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s diseases, a new, small study suggests.

Researchers found that short but intense cycling increased the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is essential for brain formation, learning and memory. It's tho...

FDA Approves Second Alzheimer’s Drug, Despite Safety Concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a second Alzheimer's drug, lecanemab, despite reports of rare brain bleeds linked to use of the drug in some patients.

However, the FDA pointed to the drug's benefits, as well.

“Alzheimer’s disease immeasurably incapacitates the lives of those who suffer from it and has devastating effects on their loved ones,” Dr. Bill...

Patients, Doctors Await FDA Decision on Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

Lecanemab: It's an experimental medication that's been shown in trials to slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

It's also up for accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with a decision expected by Jan. 6.

However, the drug has also been linked to two deaths from brain bleeds among people who’ve used it in trials, so safety concerns c...

Frequent Social Media Checks May Affect Young Brains

Social media's impact on young people is a hot topic, with most kids and teens wanting to do whatever their friends are doing and parents worrying about setting limits.

A new study examines whether frequent checking of social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) is associated with changes in functional brain development in these early adolescents, about age 12.

Using brain...

COVID Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Who Got Rare Complication of COVID Illness

It's safe for kids to take the COVID-19 vaccine after they’ve suffered a rare complication from a prior COVID infection, a U.S. National Institutes of Health-supported study has concluded.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) affects about 1 in every 3,000 to 4,000 kids who contract COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The co...

Newborns' 'Random' Body Movements Are Helping Them Learn

Those seemingly random kicks or wiggles a newborn baby makes have a purpose.

With each movement, the baby is developing its sensorimotor system, which it will later use to perform sequential movements. The sensorimotor system lets a person control muscles, movement and coordination.

Researchers studying these “spontaneous” newborn movements and comparing them to babies a few mon...

Time Spent in Nature Appears to Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's

Living in an area with easy access to parks and rivers appears to slow the progression of devastating neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

That's the conclusion of a new study based on more than a decade and a half tracking disease risk among ...

Science Reveals Cause of Smell Loss in COVID-19

One of the hallmarks of a COVID-19 infection has been a lost sense of smell after the infection ends.

In a new study, researchers blame an ongoing immune assault on the olfactory nerve cells — cells found at the top of the nasal cavity — and a decline in the number of those cells. The study was led by a team at Duke Health in Durham, N.C.

“One of the first symptoms that has ty...

Smokers More Prone to Memory Loss by Middle Age

If you need another reason to quit smoking, researchers have one: your mid-life brain health.

Not only does smoking harm lung and heart health, but it increases the chances of middle-aged memory loss and confusion, a new study shows.

The likelihood of mental ("cognitive") decline is lower for those who quit — even if they did so only recently, according to researchers at Ohio Sta...

Hints That Deep Brain Stimulation Might Ease Alzheimer's Symptoms

Researchers are studying whether deep brain stimulation could help people with Alzheimer's hold on to their memory longer, and now a new finding may help refine the approach.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established treatment for several medical conditions, including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It involves implanting electrodes in certain areas o...

Stranded Dolphins' Brains Show Alzheimer's-Like Changes

Groups of whales, dolphins and porpoises are regularly stranded in shallow waters around the coasts of the United Kingdom.

Researchers wanted to understand why, so they studied the brains of 22 toothed whales — or "odontocetes" — that were stranded in Scottish coastal waters.

The study includ...

Americans' Odds for Parkinson's May Be Higher Than Thought

Parkinson's disease is a much bigger problem than previously thought, particularly for aging Americans, a new study finds.

There are about 50% more new cases of the degenerative disorder diagnosed each year in North America than currently estimated, researchers concluded after an extensive data review.

"We used to say 60,000 people a year were getting diagnosed, but really it's 90,0...

Cluster Headaches Often Joined by Other Illnesses

Having short, painful headaches for many days or even weeks in a row may signal that you're more likely to have other medical woes, researchers say.

These "cluster headaches" are extremely painful and can last from 15 minutes to three hours at a time. And people who have them may be more than three times more likely to have other medical conditions, such as heart disease or mental disorde...

Patients' Genes Raise Odds for Rare Brain Infection When Using Certain Meds

For some people, dozens of U.S.-approved drugs can lead to a rare but often fatal brain infection.

Researchers have now confirmed a strong link between four genetic mutations and this illness, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).

A new study found that in people ta...

What Is Stiff-Person Syndrome, the Illness Afflicting Celine Dion?

Stiff-person syndrome: Superstar singer Celine Dion announced Thursday that she is living with this rare neurological condition and has canceled and postponed tour dates to deal with her health issues.

"Recently, I've been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff-person syndrome, which affects something like one in a million people," Dion, 54, said on

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  • Your Dog's Behavior Is in Its DNA

    Is your pooch a herder or a hunter? You can try taking them to a trainer, but new research shows much of their behavior is hardwired in their DNA.

    For the new study, researchers analyzed DNA samples from more than 200 dog breeds and surveyed 46,000 pet-owners to try to suss out why certain breeds act the way they do.

    “The largest, most successful genetic experiment that humans hav...

    Celine Dion Reveals Stiff-Person Syndrome Diagnosis, Cancels Tour

    Singer Celine Dion announced Thursday that she is living with a rare neurological condition called stiff-person syndrome.

    Dion said she has canceled and postponed tour dates to deal with her health issues.

    “As you know, I've always been an open book and I wasn't ready to say anything before, but I'm ready now. I've been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and it's...

    Eating Lots of 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Could Harm Your Brain

    Chips, pizza, cookies: Delicious, but a diet full of ultra-processed foods like these may contribute to brain deterioration, researchers report.

    Ultra-processed foods have lots of added and unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and preservatives. Examples include frozen meals, soft drinks, hot dogs and cold cuts, fast food, packaged cookies, cakes and sal...

    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 hospitalizations for status epilepticus from 2010 to 2019 across the United States. Status epilepticus refers to ...

    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 Stanford University found.

    This essentially rewires the brain, creating a vicious cycle in which more seizures cause more...

    '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 that 31% of people have had insomnia since the pandemic began. That was much lower — a 25% decrease — compared to the...

    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 lecanemab, an antibody drug designed to bind to and remove amyloid-beta from the brain, according to a report published ...

    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 consequences, especially since obesity rates are very high and continue to rise,” said study author

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  • November 29, 2022
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  • 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 lead, according to a

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  • November 28, 2022
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  • 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. Flavonols are found in fruits like berries, green leafy vegetables, tea and wine.

    For example, people who ate a serving o...

    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 should strictly avoid alcohol, one author said.

    “Unfortunately, many pregnant women are unaware of the influenc...

    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 diagnosed with a seizure or epilepsy in the next six months.

    And a deeper look showed that the increased risk was a...

    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 given period of time than adults, making learning more efficient in children," said

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  • November 17, 2022
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  • 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 small group of older adults, said study co-author

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  • November 16, 2022
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  • 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 Saw Your Face.”

    Born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia, Flack became a star when Clint Eastwood used one ...

    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 genders struggle with eating disorders, yet treatments are mainly targeted at girls.

    "Males have been excluded from rese...

    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 Charles Fuschillo Jr., president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Fo...

    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 parietal cortex during eye-to-eye contact, compared to people without ASD, researchers report.

    This brain region has b...

    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 on tests of memory and thinking skills.

    The findings, experts said, suggest that older adults who were exposed to l...

    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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly called food stamps — had two fewer years of mental...

    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 movement to people with paralysis.

    All nine rapidly regained the ability to stand and walk with the help of implants that...

    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.

    Physicians should take these lengthy recovery times into account when determining a patient's prognosis, the rese...

    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, researchers ...

    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 recalled lucid experiences of death that occurred while they were seemingly unconscious and dying.

    “These lucid...

    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 and temperature, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine who offered some tips.

    “While the end of dayli...

    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 was likely caused by changes in brain regions believed to affect social behavior and language.

    But the new study -- ...

    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 dementia over time. Researchers found that those randomly assigned to do crossword puzzles for 18 months showed a small...

    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 some cases, the nightmares are related to an underlying condition, like post-traumatic stress disorder (

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  • 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 researchers found increased levels of these lo...

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