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Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline

Aging

A report in Nature Neuroscience suggests that natural physical changes interfere with quality slumber, blunting the ability to remember new information for the long term.

 

Mom saves son's life by Googling symptoms

Google

A quick-thinking mother saved her son’s life when she Googled his ailments, the Shropshire Star reported. Kian Jones, 12, of Shrewsbury, U.K., had persistent headaches, poor vision and vomiting, which his mother, Sabina, typed into Google after the child was initially misdiagnosed.

 

Testing brain pacemakers to zap Alzheimer's damage

Alzheimer's Disease

It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease....

 

Brain disease high in football players

Brain Trauma

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy begins when repeated blows to the brain are not allowed to heal. In its later stages, CTE can lead to rage, aggression, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.

 

Alzheimer gene discovery points to possible cause

Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

 

Testing magnesium's brain-boosting effects

Magnesium

More than a decade of research hinting that magnesium supplements might boost your brain power is finally being put to the test in a small clinical trial. The research, led by biopharmaceutical company Magceutics of Hayward, California, began testing the ability of its product Magtein to boost magnesium ion (Mg2+) levels in the brain earlier this month. The trial will track whether the ions can decrease anxiety and improve sleep quality, as well as following changes in the memory and cognitive ability of participants. But critics caution that the trial in just 50 people is too small to draw definitive conclusions.

 

Why brain tumors are so hard to destroy

Brain Tumor

The most common and aggressive brain tumor grows by turning normal brain cells into stem cells, which can continuously replicate and regrow a tumor with only a handful of cells left behind, new research finds.

 

Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

Teen Pot Use

The researchers didn't find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18. Although experts said the new findings are not definitive, they do fit in with earlier signs that the drug is especially harmful to the developing brain.

 

Single pill could treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and MS

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and MS Single Pill

The new class of drug, which can be taken orally, is designed to protect the brain by combating the damaging effects of inflammation. Results from early stage clinical trials have yet to be announced, but studies on animals suggest the therapy could be effective against a wide range of conditions which also include motor neurone disease and complications from traumatic brain injury.

 

All that stress may be shrinking your brain

Everyone knows stress can cause headaches and sleepless nights. But a new study suggests it can actually shrink your brain.

 

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