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Tracking Preemies' Head Size May Yield IQ Clues

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say. "Measuring head circumference and thus head growth in early…

Cocaine Cut With Anti-Worming Drug May Cause Brain Damage

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cocaine is often cut with the anti-worming drug levamisole -- and the combination is linked to brain damage, Swiss researchers report. "We can assume from our findings that it is not just cocaine…

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Has Dementia

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- the first woman on the high court -- has dementia, "probably Alzheimer's disease," she announced Tuesday. Doctors diagnosed her with the…

Brain's 'Self-Control' Center May Be Key to Weight-Loss Success

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A behavioral therapist could be as important as a calorie-cutting diet for folks who want to lose weight, researchers say. Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more…

Most People Can Recognize About 5,000 Faces

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Next time you struggle to put a name to a face, go easy on yourself. You probably recognize thousands of people. Participants in a British study recognized 1,000 to 10,000 faces, with the average…

Scientists Finally Get Around to Finding Procrastination's Home in the Brain

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is it time to let procrastinators off the hook? The inclination to delay things rather than get right to work on them may be hardwired into some people's brains, and not the product of a flawed…

FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A brain stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has received approval for marketing Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses…

Brains May Be as Unique as Fingerprints

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that no two brains are alike, as genetics and experience make their mark on your mind. "With our study, we were able to confirm that the structure of people's brains is very…

Heat Waves Can Dull Even Young Minds, Study Says

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As America sweats through another summer, new research suggests that heat waves can slow the brains of even healthy young adults. In the face of extreme heat, college students living in dorms without…

Better Diet, Bigger Brain?

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You go to the gym to make your muscles bigger, but what if you want to bulk up your brain to help you stay sharp? New research suggests you might want to head to the produce aisle. People who…

Too Much Sitting Could Raise Brain Risks

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's been lots of research into how too many hours lounging on chairs and sofas can harm the heart. Now, researchers say all that sitting might be bad for your brain, too. A new study found that…

Older Brains Replenish Cells Just Like Young Brains: Study

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular thought, older adults' brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests. Using autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that healthy older…