Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Circumcision Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

January 10th, 2015
New research has found that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10. The risk is particularly high for infantile autism before the age of five, according to researchers in Copenhagen. The study, ...

Exercise Linked to Parkinson’s Prevention

January 6th, 2015
Research evidence continues to mount that physical exercise may help lower a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease. In a new study that followed 43,368 men and women in Sweden for about 13 years, moderate daily exercise was found to be associated with ...

Mapping Brain Networks Behind Complex Reasoning

January 6th, 2015
Researchers have discovered why humans excel at "relational reasoning," the ability to detect patterns and relationships in order to make sense of seemingly unrelated information. The study is published in the journal Neuron. Relational reasoning -- not found in other animals or even ...

Mouse Study IDs Protein Driving Circadian Rhythms

January 4th, 2015
A new study has found that a certain protein helps regulate the internal clock of mice, a finding that eventually may aid in the treatment of a number of disorders. For the study, published in Nature Communications, a research team led by Thomas ...

Mapping Brain Abnormalities Tied to Teen Suicide Risk

January 4th, 2015
Researchers at Yale University have identified certain abnormalities in the prefrontal cortex and other related brain regions in young people who have attempted suicide. The findings, recently presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting, suggest that deficits in frontal systems may ...

New Laws Boost Concussion Treatment

January 2nd, 2015
New laws have resulted in a large increase in the treatment of concussion-related injuries for student athletes, according to a new study in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Pediatrics. Over the past decade, concerns about concussion injuries and media coverage of them have ...

Focused Ultrasound May Ease OCD Symptoms

January 2nd, 2015
High-intensity focused ultrasound may help relieve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in hard-to-treat patients, according to preliminary findings of new research.  The procedure applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to heat and destroy diseased or damaged tissue through ablation (the removal of tissue). The study ...

Preterm Birth Can Impair Contextual Memory

January 2nd, 2015
New research has discovered that children born prematurely show differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory -- the ability to form and retrieve memories about context, such as what, when, and where something happened. This type of memory is important, but ...

Testosterone Can Worsen Aggression in Alzheimer’s

January 1st, 2015
In men with Alzheimer’s disease, having higher levels of testosterone could increase the risk for aggression, hallucinations and other acting-out behaviors, according to a new study at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Previous research has shown that having higher testosterone ...

Exercise Improves Quality of Life for Parkinson’s Patients

January 1st, 2015
Exercise can help people with Parkinson's disease improve their quality of life, their ability to move around, and their balance, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, according to a new study. For the study, 231 people with Parkinson's disease ...