February 9, 2004 |
As far back as 1872, British naturalist Charles Darwin observed that people with brain injuries or illnesses were sometimes stricken with uncontrollable, and often inappropriate, outbursts of anger, laughter or grief. "Certain brain diseases ... have a special tendency to induce weeping," he wrote. Even in modern times, there have been no specific treatments for the mysterious problem, now called "pseudobulbar affect."
January 11, 2004 |
''You wouldn't want me to be late for the man who saved my life, would you?" My 13-year-old son, Eli, puckishly smiled, urging my wife, Laurette, and me into the car. Six years ago on a clear night in January, a compact fellow with confident hands had sliced out a tumor and a cyst--together the size of a tennis ball--from Eli's brain. Now, on a recent Saturday evening, we were heading for dinner with Jorge Antonio Lazareff, the UCLA pediatric neurosurgeon who had operated on Eli.
May 24, 2003 |
Buddhists really are happy, serene people -- at least according to their brain scans. Using new scanning techniques, neuroscientists have discovered that areas of the brain linked to good mood light up constantly in Buddhists, at times even when they are not meditating. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin at Madison studied activity in Buddhist practitioners' left prefrontal lobes -- the area of the brain linked to positive emotions, self-control and temperament.
May 13, 2003 |
The number of autism cases has nearly doubled in California in the last four years, and the rate of increase appears to be accelerating, according to a study by the state Department of Developmental Services. The report, scheduled to be released today, found that the number of people with autism who are receiving services from the department rose from 10,360 in December 1998 to 20,377 by the end of December 2002 -- a 97% increase.
December 16, 2002 |
For generations scientists have studied the peacock feathers of human mating, the swish and swagger that advertise sexual interest, the courtship dance at bars, the public display. They've left the private experience -- what's happening in the brain when we fall for someone -- mostly to poets. We know there's an inborn human urge to mate, after all. Love is a mystery, a promise, an arrow from Cupid's bow.
September 30, 2002 |
Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease when they're taken regularly long before any symptoms arise. A study appearing in the Sept. 24 issue of Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology, bolsters the thinking among many Alzheimer's doctors that aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs somehow protect brain cells against the ravages of the memory-robbing disorder.
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December 8, 2001 |
USC President Steven B. Sample has told his faculty that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but does not expect the condition to affect his tenure at the university or his ability to lead it. "It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve as president of this wonderful institution," Sample, 61, said in a letter to USC faculty and staff in early September. "I have no intention of letting Parkinson's stand in the way."
December 4, 2001 |
Cephalon Inc., which makes neurological drugs, agreed to buy French drug maker Group Lafon for $450 million in cash. By gaining full control of Lafon's Provigil drug for narcolepsy, Cephalon expects to add about $80 million in sales and 3 cents a share to earnings in 2002. The West Chester, Pa.-based drug maker increased its 2002 earnings forecast to $1.03 a share. Sales will be $400 million to $410 million, Cephalon said.
December 3, 2001 |
What does your brain look like while it's deciding between buying a bicycle or a camera, taking a warm bath or having dinner, eating a slice of chocolate cake or apple pie? Gray and furrowed, of course, much as usual. Not, however, if you use clever imaging techniques to highlight what parts of its circuitry are buzzing or resting as it ponders its options and deftly makes its choices. Dr.