Jon Hamilton

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Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Scientists have found that a hormone associated with long life also seems to make people smarter. The gene strengthens the connections between brain cells, a process that's essential for learning.


Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

Monday, May 05, 2014

Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers.


Boats Carrying Migrants Capsize Off Greece; At Least 22 Dead

Monday, May 05, 2014

The two boats, one a 6-foot dinghy, were carrying dozens of illegal migrants hoping to reach the Greek coast. Four of the dead are children.


Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.


One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.


Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.


The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Childhood amnesia descends gradually — and later than you might think, researchers say. Many 7-year-olds have robust memories of experiences from when they were 3 or even younger.


Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.


The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Senate committee vote, expected this week, marks the latest chapter in a bitter power struggle between Congress and the CIA over detention and interrogation practices.


Jump In Autism Cases May Not Mean It's More Prevalent

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The number of children diagnosed with autism keeps rising, but researchers warn that it may be just because we're getting better at recognizing and treating the disorder.


Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The organization of certain brain cells in children with autism seems already different from that of typical children by the sixth or seventh month of fetal development, a study hints.

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Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The approach would recognize changes in behavior and in the brain. Right now there are no treatments that slow down the disease, but identifying high-risk patients early on could help with prevention.


Alzheimer's Blood Test Raises Ethical Questions

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A new blood test for people in their 70s can detect who will develop Alzheimer's disease. A positive result could help people prepare. But since there's no treatment, will people really want to know?


Maybe That BPA In Your Canned Food Isn't So Bad After All

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

There's been lots of debate about whether tiny amounts of the chemical have the potential to cause health problems. A new FDA study supports a previous conclusion that the chemical is safe for people.


Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

Monday, February 24, 2014

Izidor Ruckel lived in a Romanian orphanage where children were neglected. Scientists say that lack of attention can damage a child's brain. But Ruckel thinks his adoptive parents' love saved him.


Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids

Monday, January 27, 2014

Researchers say changes rolled out last May are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children. Still, advocates worry that narrower definitions could lead to a loss of coverage for some children.


'Forecast Bust:' Why 2013 Hurricane Predictions Were So Wrong

Friday, November 29, 2013

Forecasters expected the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season to be really busy — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Americans to expect between seven and 11 hurricanes. But this year has been one of the quietest on record. Why were the predictions so far off?


Brain Cells 'Geotag' Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Scientists have identified special cells in the brain's hippocampus that mimic a trick of some digital cameras. These cells automatically 'tag' the memory of each event in our lives with information about where that event took place — the better to recall, perhaps, where we left our lost keys.


In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Everybody knows that you're not supposed to smoke while you're pregnant because it's bad for the baby. But nicotine patches often used to help women quit may pose a risk, too, researchers say. Other forms of nicotine replacement may do less harm.


Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Monday, November 04, 2013

Brain scans may help people who were ill treated as children realize that they process fear differently than others. They may have a harder time realizing what's truly a threat and what's not. Researchers say that can lead to increased risk of anxiety and depression.