Your Health: Nov. 23, 1998

Good News for Motherhood

New moms may think their brain has turned to mush, but a study suggests just the opposite: motherhood actually boosts brain power--at least in rats. The surge of hormones during pregnancy seems to cause a proliferation of new growth within tiny brain-cell structures called dendrites. The effect on behavior--mommy rats are curious, bolder and learn mazes more quickly--may be long lasting.

Bad News on Hypertension

More reason to get high blood pressure under control: the condition may go to your head. A 20-year study finds that over time, folks with hypertension have greater difficulty mastering new...

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