cognitive functioning

Does air pollution erode mental sharpness?


February 14th, 2012 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) Older women might wonder why they are unable to recall names or places or where they keep their things. Chronic exposure to particulate air pollution might ... Read more...

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Small groups can stifle individual intelligence


January 23rd, 2012 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) Henry Fonda's character in the classic movie '12 Angry Men' sways a jury with his quiet, intelligent address. The moot question is whether he would ... Read more...

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Living close to nature does improve health and overall life quality


May 3rd, 2011 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 3 (ANI): A recent study has found that living close to greenery and natural environment makes a person healthier, social, generous and calmer than living in a concrete jungle.According to ... Read more...

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Prenatal pesticide exposure lowers kids’ IQ


April 22nd, 2011 - 3:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): A new study has found that prenatal exposure to common insecticide is associated with deficit in kids' IQ and working memory at age 7.Chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate pesticide, was ... Read more...

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Persistent poverty, not family instability, affects kid’s cognitive development


April 21st, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 21 (ANI): UK researchers has revealed that children from homes that experience persistent poverty are more likely to have their cognitive development affected than children in better off homes.Family instability, ... Read more...

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Anti-depressants boost brain cells after injury


April 19th, 2011 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 19 (IANS) Anti-depressants may help spur the creation and survival of new brain cells after brain injury, researchers say. Jason Huang and colleagues at the University of Rochester ... Read more...

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Bedside exam unreliable in assessing severe brain injuries: Study


February 26th, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): Scientists say that using a sophisticated imaging test to probe for higher-level cognitive functioning in severely brain-injured patients provides a window into consciousness-but the view it presents is ... Read more...

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Second molecule in Alzheimer’s toxic duo identified


February 4th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have identified the second molecule in Alzheimer's toxic duo.Like two unruly boys who need to be ... Read more...

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Is Recovering, Communicating With Family


January 14th, 2011 - 8:59 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar Jan 14, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at close range on Saturday in the gathering that took place in Tucson. The Congresswoman is said to ... Read more...

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Rep Gabrielle Giffords is communicating with her family


January 14th, 2011 - 8:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New York, Jan 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gave doctors and loved ones beside her hospital bed something to cheer about.For the first time, Giffords was able to communicate with her ... Read more...

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White Noise Boosts The Attention Of Inattentive Students


October 3rd, 2010 - 7:43 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar, Oct 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Some researchers have scientifically proved that White Noise is an effective way to boost attention and memories of inattentive children. Behavioral and Brain Functions, a journal ... Read more...

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New discovery paves way for early detection of Alzheimer’s


June 29th, 2010 - 2:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 29 (ANI): Scientists have discovered changes in the brains of normal individuals at high risk for Alzheimer's disease that could prove important for early detection of the disease.The research team ... Read more...

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Whales too ‘can feel and suffer’ like humans


June 21st, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 21 (ANI): Whales also demonstrate human-like characteristics of self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities, according to marine biologists.The findings, put forth at a recent conference, ... Read more...

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Intimate partner violence against mums linked to kids’ obesity


June 8th, 2010 - 11:32 am ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): Mothers who are abused their partners are more likely to have obese children, claims a new study.Reported in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, ... Read more...

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Sickle cell disease ‘affects brain function in adults’


May 12th, 2010 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 12 (ANI): In a new study, adults with sickle cell disease scored worse on memory function tests than healthy adults, suggesting that the blood disorder may affect brain function.As pert ... Read more...

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New magnesium supplement staves off memory loss


February 23rd, 2010 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) Magnesium, a key nutrient for a good memory, may be even more critical than previously thought for the development of neurons (nerve cell) of children and healthy brain ... Read more...

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Depression and lack of concentration not necessarily linked


February 10th, 2010 - 3:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 10 (ANI): Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that depression and lack of concentration do not necessarily go together.The study team reviewed nearly 20 years of literature ... Read more...

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Depressed people don’t always lack concentration


February 10th, 2010 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 10 (IANS) Depression does not always lead to failing memory or difficulty in concentrating and paying attention, research says. A review of nearly 20 years of literature on depression was conducted ... Read more...

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Pregnancy doesn’t affect women’s memory


February 4th, 2010 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 4 (IANS) Pregnancy and motherhood does not affect a woman's memory, causing forgetfulness and absentmindedness, as is popularly believed. Research finds no evidence that pregnancy or motherhood affects women's brain ... Read more...

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Ginkgo doesn’t seem to slow brain decline


December 30th, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 30 (IANS) Ginkgo biloba supplements, taken by older adults for several years, did not slow down their cognitive decline, says a new study. Cognitive decline is a decrease in the ... Read more...

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Social work can reverse declining brain function


December 17th, 2009 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) Volunteering to tutor children can help older adults delay or reverse declining brain function, according to a new study. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg ... Read more...

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Social service can improve older adults’ brain functions


December 16th, 2009 - 12:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): A new study has found that participating in social service activities can significantly improve brain functions of older adults.The research team from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public ... Read more...

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Fit boys make smarter, successful adults


December 8th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 8 (ANI): Here's another reason to care about your health: A new study has shown that teenage boys with better cardiovascular health make smarter and successful adults.The study, conducted by ... Read more...

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Low-calorie, low fat diet better for your mood


November 16th, 2009 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 16 (IANS) A low-calorie, low-fat diet does more good to a dieters' mood than a low-carbohydrate plan with the same number of calories, says a new study. Obese individuals who ... Read more...

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Modernization does affect kids’ cognitive development


November 13th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 13 (ANI): A new cross-cultural study has shown that societal and technological changes do affect children's thinking skills.Using previously collected data from the late 1970s, researchers at the University of ... Read more...

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Low-fat diet ‘puts dieters in better moods’


November 10th, 2009 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 10 (ANI): Feeling blue? Try a low-calorie, low-fat diet, suggests a new study.Published in the November 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, after one ... Read more...

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Hyenas better than chimps in cooperative problem solving


September 29th, 2009 - 12:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 29 (ANI): Spotted hyenas have been found to outperform chimpanzees in cooperative problem-solving tests in a new study.Christine Drea, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University, says that captive pairs ... Read more...

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Can video games boost memory, thinking skills in the elderly?


August 22nd, 2009 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 22 (ANI): Whether video games can boost memory and thinking skills in the elderly is being investigated as part of a new study, funded by the National Science Foundation in ... Read more...

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Obstructive sleep apnea quiet common in adults with Down syndrome


August 16th, 2009 - 1:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 16 (ANI): Adults with Down syndrome frequently suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) too, according to study.However, complications of untreated OSA-such as cardiovascular disease, daytime sleepiness and impaired cognitive functioning-overlap ... Read more...

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Socio-economic status plays no major role in cognitive decline in elderly


August 8th, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 8 (ANI): A new piece of research has found no link between cognitive decline and socio-economic status in people aged 70 and older.However, the study, led by researchers at ... Read more...

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Lack of sunlight can cause ‘brain drain’ in depressed people


July 28th, 2009 - 1:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 28 (ANI): Depressed people are less able to think clearly when there's a short-term lack of sunlight, a new study has found.Writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health, ... Read more...

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Chemotherapy impairs verbal, problem solving skills


July 23rd, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 23 (IANS) Chemotherapy impairs verbal fluency skills and problem-solving abilities, according to the latest findings. "Now that we are aware of these lingering effects, we can do something to help these ... Read more...

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Chemotherapy hits patient’s quality of life after treatment stops


July 23rd, 2009 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 23 (ANI): Previous studies have shown decreases in cognitive functioning among cancer survivors following chemotherapy treatment. Now, a new study has revealed how these cognitive declines might affect daily tasks ... Read more...

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Indian American helps develop software for early Alzhemier diagnosis


May 25th, 2009 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS
New York, May 25 (IANS) Analysis of the brain's MRI studies, combined with a new software program, developed by a team led by an Indian American, may permit clinicians to track and ... Read more...

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Now, software to analyse MR images and identify early Alzheimer’s disease


May 22nd, 2009 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) claim that they have developed a piece of software that can prove helpful in analysing MRI studies of the brain and allow ... Read more...

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