Thu Sep 21 2017

Category: Brain / Memory


Study of Cholesterol and Memory

Posted in Brain / Memory, Heart Health

Yet another study looking at the importance of monitoring cholesterol and keeping it at the proper levels.  Cholesterol is important to monitor and to look at and evaluate. According to a report from the journal of the American Heart Association, people who have lower levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, have a higher risk for memory problems than [&hellip

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Research on the Core of Human Brain

Posted in Brain / Memory

Scientists have identified what they believe is the core of the human brain, the area that has the most central connections to other parts of the brain.  They used a special kind of imaging that maps connections in the brain to study five people.  Results showed that a region towards the back of the brain [&hellip

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Analyzing Brain Tumors for Molecular Changes Has an Impact on Radiation Treatment

Posted in Brain / Memory, Cancer, Medications

Analyzing brain tumors for molecular changes in their DNA and elsewhere isn’t just a laboratory exercise.  Will Parsons, a brain cancer expert at Johns Hopkins and one author of a study identifying these changes published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, says such analyses have an impact on treatment

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Treating a Brain Tumor as a Symptom of Something Else

Posted in Brain / Memory

Analyzing brain tumors for molecular changes in their DNA and elsewhere isn’t just a laboratory exercise.  Will Parsons, a brain cancer expert at Johns Hopkins and one author of a study identifying these changes published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, says such analyses have an impact on treatment

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When Is a Brain Tumor not a Brain Tumor

Posted in Brain / Memory

Brain tumors should be thought of more as symptoms of a disease than the disease itself, recent research from Johns Hopkins suggests.  Will Parsons, a brain cancer expert and one of the study’s authors, says what looks like a certain type of tumor clinically may actually exhibit a range of molecular changes

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Study Looks at Ginkgo Biloba for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Posted in Brain / Memory, Geriatric Health, Mental Health, Vitamins & Supplements

Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement often taken in hopes of improving memory function.  So can it help prevent dementia and Alzheimer disease in the elderly?  Alissa Krinsky explains in this week’s JAMA Report

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Study of the Brain and Memorization

Posted in Brain / Memory, Research

It is amazing how little we know about how the brain works.  Fortunately, we are starting to get a greater insight.  PET scans, MRIs and so-called functional testing of the brain are all helpful at providing so-called windows into the brain.  A good example is how we are learning about the way our brains commit [&hellip

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A Look at Stuttering

Posted in Brain / Memory, Parenting & Pregnancy

What do James Earl Jones and Winston Churchill have in common?  Both are people who have had to overcome problems with stuttering.  One out of every 20 children is a stutterer.  Now, you might be wondering why don't you come across that many people who stutter as adults?  Well, there are two major reasons.  The [&hellip

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Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

Posted in Brain / Memory, Mental Health

The term bipolar disorder is thrown around quite a bit these days, and in many cases, the people who are being casually labelled with the condition don't have it.  Here's the official definition: Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness where one's mood vacillates between periods of mania and periods of depression.  In many cases [&hellip

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Study of Breastfeeding and IQ

Posted in Brain / Memory, Parenting & Pregnancy, Research, Women's Health

According to a new report in the Archives of General Psychiatry, if a mother breast feeds she can raise her child's IQ and theoretically improve the child's academic performance.  This information is based on a McGill University study of 14,000 Belarusian children.  In the study, 50% of the mothers were encouraged to breast feed while [&hellip

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