April 15, 2013 Research into why some people have strong memory well into old age suggests that their brains are different from their peers. Some parts of the brains of "superagers" responsible for attention, thinking and memory seem to be spared the typical age-related shrinkage.
August 20, 2012 People with extraordinary autobiographical memories also tend to have obsessive tendencies, researchers are learning. Brain scans reveal structural differences in the brains of these people, including a larger-than-normal caudate, a brain area linked to OCD.
May 16, 2011 Most high school students accrue a "sleep debt" of five to 10 hours by the end of a school week. Parents can help their teens get to bed on time by encouraging naps, regulating light in the home and discouraging caffeine in the afternoon.
February 21, 2011 The brain's pinkie-sized hippocampus, which helps to archive memories, shrinks naturally as we age. But studies indicate that aerobic activities such as walking not only may help the hippocampus stop shrinking, but might even help it grow.
May 31, 2010 Research suggests that parents have a great deal of influence over when and how their teens start drinking alcohol. Parents who disapproved completely of underage drinking tended to have students who drank less.
May 24, 2010 Sophisticated phone apps being developed for the mental health field can serve as a bridge between periodic therapy sessions. They're a sort of 24-7 mobile therapist that can help with everything from quitting smoking to treating anxiety to detecting relapses in psychotic disorders.
March 1, 2010 Neuroscientists have found that as we age, our brain's reaction time slows and our ability to multitask diminishes. But maturity also brings an enhanced ability to reason out problems and empathize. And the middle-aged brain can still strengthen neuron circuits associated with memory and decision-making.
January 25, 2010 For teenagers, the effects of a drunken night out may linger long after the hangover wears off. A recent study finds damaged nerve tissue in the brains of teenagers who drink heavily, and poorer performance on thought and memory tests.
November 30, 2009 Suicide clusters, three or more deaths around the same time in a specific location, are rare, but they do occur, largely among teens. Experts say media reaction can play a role in exacerbating or slowing "copycat" behavior by the way they cover the deaths.
November 23, 2009 Journalist Charles Sabine watched his father die from the degenerative illness Huntington's disease. After watching his brother struggle with the disease for years, Sabine decided to be tested. "Nothing that I've experienced compares with that test in terms of the terror that it inflicted on me," he says. Sabine says his young daughter does not have the Huntington's gene.
February 5, 2009 Adderall and Ritalin are generally prescribed to treat ADD, but college students are increasingly buying them on the black market as "study drugs" or "smart drugs." Students say popping an "Addy" gives them an instant dose of focus and motivation. But the drugs also can be addictive.
December 10, 2008 Researchers looked at suicides over the past 30 years and found that Las Vegas residents have a much higher suicide rate than residents of other cities — a rate twice that of the national average. las vegans Visitors to Las Vegas also have a higher suicide rate than residents.