Is DBS safe during pregnancy? » Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases » University...

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By Anna Shavers Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can provide symptom relief for people living with neurologic or psychiatric conditions, but is DBS safe during pregnancy? Max Parker and...

Omega-3’s Linked to Improved Brain Structure and Cognition at Midlife

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Summary: Boosting omega-3 fatty acid intake helps to preserve brain health and improve cognition in middle age, a new study reports. For those with the Alzheimer’s...

Cure Parkinson’s and Van Andel Institute celebrate Dr. Michael Okun » Norman Fixel Institute...

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By Anna Shavers Dr. Michael Okun (left), Dr. Ray Dorsey (right)Cure Parkinson’s and Van Andel Institute (VAI) jointly awarded the 2022 Tom Isaacs Scientific Award to Michael...

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Could Mend a Broken Heart

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Summary: Oxytocin, a hormone connected with bonding and love, could help to heal damage following a heart attack. Researchers found oxytocin stimulates stem cells from the...

Superager Brains Contain ‘Super Neurons’

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Summary: Neurons in the memory-associated entorhinal cortex of super-agers are significantly larger than their cognitively average peers, those with MCI, and even in people up to...

Cognitive neurology in 30 numbers

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Below are some cognitive neurology related numbers we thought you might want to explore: *** 26 cortical release signs  21 apraxias  22 causes of pathological laughter  11 agnosias  39 causes of mutism  *** 13...

New Marker of ALS Outcome Identified

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Summary: Using MEG neuroimaging, researchers have identified a new marker that can be used to predict the clinical outcomes for those suffering from ALS.Source: Human Brain...

Study Reveals Main Target of COVID-19 in Brain and Describes Effects of Virus on...

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Summary: SARS_CoV_2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infects and replicates in astrocytes, reducing neural viability.Source: FAPESPA Brazilian study published in the journal PNAS describes some of the effects...

People With Glaucoma Are at Significant Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Summary: People with normal-tension glaucoma are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say.Source: AAOA large, nationwide study from Taiwan shows that people with a...

The Ramifications of Roe vs Wade Reversal for Neurology: A Neurologist Weighs In

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Following decades of debate about the ethical, moral, medical, legal,...

Postbiotics Could Deliver Immunity Boost in Your Morning Coffee

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Summary: Postbiotics with a morning coffee can help give your immune system a boost, a new study reveals.Source: Griffith UniversityYour morning coffee could now give an...

Obesity May Be a Neurodevelopmental Disorder

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Summary: Obesity is, in part, determined by epigenetic development in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. Findings suggest developmental epigenetics plays a significant role in both...

Diet High in Guar Gum Fiber Limits Inflammation and Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

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Summary: Diets high in guar gum, a dietary fiber and common food additive extracted from guar beans, limit inflammation and delay the onset of multiple sclerosis...

Tiny Animal Hairs Could Act as Sensitive Compass Needles

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Summary: Around 100 of specific hair cells in the inner ear, called stereocilia could act as effective biological compass needles, allowing animals to accurately sense magnetic...

Could Monoclonal Antibodies Replace Opioids for Chronic Pain?

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Summary: Researchers are developing a monthly monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment and management of chronic pain. The hope is this new therapy can replace opioids...

Researchers Create Tool to Measure the Emotion in Emojis

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Summary: A newly developed multidimensional lexicon of emojis helps crack the coded language and emotional value of emoji use, a popular form of communication by young...

Olfaction Impairment Patterns: COVID-19 vs Mild Cognitive Impairment

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A reduced ability to smell licorice, cinnamon, and lemon is...

Friend or Foe? How Mice Decide to Make Love or War

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Summary: The neural circuitry that connects olfactory information about another mouse’s sex to decision-making in the brain determines the behavioral outcome as to whether aggression or...

Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Vs Anticoagulation in AF With High Bleeding Risk

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Stroke prevention strategy among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has...

Embedded Human Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial »...

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Congratulations Jackson N. Cagle, PhD, Michael S. Okun, MD, Stephanie Cernera, PhD, Robert S. Eisinger, PhD, Enrico Opri, PhD, Dawn Bowers, PhD, Herbert Ward, MD, Kelly...

Adults With a History of Childhood Trauma Can Benefit From Recommended Depression Treatments, Contrary...

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Summary: Patients with major depressive disorder who experienced trauma during childhood see symptom improvement following psychopharmacological intervention, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.Source: The LancetAdults with...

Who Do You Think You Are? What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

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Summary: Avatars are not only a form of creative expression, they also allow for conformity and escapism. Our digital representations affect how we interact with others...

Peripheral neurological disorders in 25 numbers – The Neurology Lounge

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Below are some peripheral neurological disorders-related numbers we thought you might want to explore: *** 14 causes of pure sensory peripheral neuropathy  20 causes of pes cavus  9 causes of...

Home Ownership Leads to Less Happiness Than Expected

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Summary: Owning your own home may initially increase happiness, but the joy may not last for long or to the extent imagined, especially if you are...

Social Touch and Its Newly Discovered Neural Pathway

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Summary: A neural pathway that leads directly from the thalamus to the hypothalamus plays a critical role in processing touch information, a new study reveals.Source: ETLETouch...

Cannabis Users No Less Likely to Be Motivated or Able to Enjoy Life’s Pleasure

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Summary: Cannabis users show no difference in motivation for rewards, pleasure from rewards, or the brain’s response to reward-seeking than non-cannabis users.Source: UCLAdult and adolescent cannabis...

Genetic Liability to RA Associated With Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke

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Genetic liability to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an...

Hormone Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

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HRT can improve mobility, lower risk of dementia By Karen Hales, Neurology Solutions Contributing Writer Neurology Solutions Movement Disorders Center offers bioidentical hormone replacement...

Diet Could Play a Role in Cognitive Function Across Diverse Races and Ethnicities

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Summary: Blood metabolites related to sugars were associated with older adults’ global cognitive function across different races and ethnicities.Source: Brigham and Women’s HospitalDietary choices and their...

Mononeuropathy and radiculoplexus disorders in 30 numbers – The Neurology Lounge

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Below are some mononeuropathy and radiculoplexus disorders-related numbers we thought you might want to explore: *** 31 risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome  22 causes of anterior interosseous neuropathy  28...

Medicare Coverage of Aducanumab for Alzheimer Disease: The Impact of the Decision

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With a growing older population, the prevalence of Alzheimer disease...

Roundup: 10 Advances in Understanding, Treating Parkinson’s

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Latest Neuroscience Findings include Lifestyle Factors, Advances in Treatment By Karen Hales, Neurology Solutions Contributing Writer Parkinson’s disease is a complex multi-system brain disorder...

Talk With Your Hands? You Might Think With Them Too!

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Summary: Constraining hand movements affects the processing of object-meaning, a finding which supports the theory of embodied cognition.Source: Osaka Metropolitan UniversityHow do we understand words? Scientists...

Lower Dementia Risk With Biologic/Targeted Synthetic DMARDs in RA

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving treatment with biologic/targeted synthetic...

Dietary Supplements for Cognitive Function

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Bacopa Monnieri, magnesium-L-threonate benefit memory, cognitive ability By Karen Hales, Neurology Solutions Contributing Writer Countless studies have researched the effectiveness of different dietary supplements...

Length of REM Sleep Linked to Body Temperature

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Summary: Study reports warm-blooded animals with higher body temperatures have lower amounts of REM sleep, while those with lower body temperatures have more REM sleep. Researchers...

Effect of Salt Substitutes on Blood Pressure and Clinical Outcomes Across Populations

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Salt substitutes have a consistent and beneficial blood pressure-lowering effect...

Treating Parkinson’s with Physical Therapy

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Parkinson’s physical therapy exercises improve balance, coordination, strength By Karen Hales, Neurology Solutions Contributing Writer Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has a wide range of symptoms...

Living with PD and struggling with impulse control? You may not be alone. »...

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By Anna Shavers In a recent study published in Neurology, researchers at the University of Florida find that impulse control disorders are likely more common in Parkinson’s disease (PD)...

Past History of Abuse Leads to Worse Menopause Symptoms

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Summary: Women who have experienced physical, sexual, or financial abuse face worse menopause symptoms and poorer well-being two decades later.Source: NAMSAdversity occurring early in a woman’s...

Exploring the Link Between Academic Stress and Mental Health in College Students

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College students have experienced unique challenges in adjusting to disruptions...

Largest clinical study of PD focuses on best treatments

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Parkinson’s Outcomes Project findings on neurologist care, exercise, depression The Parkinson’s Foundation has enrolled its 10,000th participant in the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, the...

Older Adults With Regular Activity Routines Are Happier and Do Better on Cognitive Tests

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Summary: Getting up early and remaining active throughout the day helps older adults perform better on cognitive tests, a new study reports.Source: University of PittsburghOlder adults...

Why Awake DBS Is Still The Best Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

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If you’re curious about deep brain stimulation (DBS), you’re not alone. It’s one of the most promising Parkinson’s disease treatments out there...

Does Method Matter? » Department of Neurology » College of Medicine » University of...

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Congratulations to Drs. Robert Eisinger, Michael Okun, and Aysegul Gundez on the publication of “Online vs Face-to-Face Administration of Impulse Control Disorder Questionnaires in Parkinson Disease:...

Jumping Gene Found to Be Strongly Linked to Depression, Fear, and Anxiety

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Summary: The TOB gene plays a significant role in reducing depression, anxiety, and fear in mouse models. The findings could have positive implications for developing new...

Why Botox®, Myobloc®, and Dysport® Are So Important To Our Movement Disorders Specialists

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When you hear the word Botox, we know what you’re thinking. In the public consciousness, Botox has always been about cosmetic uses....

Gut Microbes May Lead to Therapies for Mental Illness

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Summary: The gut microbiome has previously been linked to some neurological and psychological disorders. Now, researchers are investigating whether utilizing microbes from the gut could potentially...

Covid 19: Analysis and Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment

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The recommendations below are a compilation of Dr. Izor and NSC staff, as well as adapted from Paul Marik, MD’s MATH+ protocol....

College of Medicine helps local girls explore careers in health care

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For students like La’nya, the event was an opportunity to experience what doctors really do. She dreams of helping people have babies, so her...

Bullies Have Increased Risk for Violent Offenses

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Summary: Children who bully others between the ages of 8 and 9 are more likely to commit violent offenses by the age of 31.Source: University of...

Multiple Components of Socioeconomic Deprivation Contribute to Cognitive Decline

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Several studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC)...

Movement Disorders and Hang Gliders

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Getting Diagnosed With a Movement Disorder Is Like Jumping Off a Cliff on a Hang Glider For some people, getting diagnosed with a movement disorder can feel...

Bird Neurons Use Three Times Less Glucose Than Mammalian Neurons

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Summary: Neurons in the brains of birds are more energy efficient than in mammalian brains.Source: Cell PressBirds have impressive cognitive abilities and show a high level...

Movement Disorder Patient Resources – Neurology Solutions

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Following is a list of organizations and websites with information related to treatment and resources in managing Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, and other neuromuscular...

Study Calls for Change in Guidance About Eating Fish During Pregnancy

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Summary: Essential nutrients found in fish counteract and provide neuroprotection against mercury in fish, researchers report. The new study says eating fish during pregnancy can help...

People Who Lack Compassion for the Environment Are Also Less Emotional in General

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Summary: People who show less compassion and emotion toward images of environmental disasters are generally less empathetic and emotional overall.Source: University of MichiganPeople who respond less...

Axolotls Can Regenerate Their Brains

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Summary: Axolotls have the ability to regenerate brain areas following an injury. Researchers have mapped cell types and genes associated with neurodegeneration in the axolotl brain,...

Neurology in 80 striking numbers – The Neurology Lounge

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Exploring Neurochecklists is a revealing experience… It always highlights the expansive range of neurological disorders. To illustrate this extensive breadth and scope of neurology… Here are 83 striking numbers..all...

Steroids Linked to Structural and Volume Changes in Brain White and Grey Matter

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Summary: Steroids prescribed for a range of inflammatory conditions alter the structure and volume of grey and white matter in the brain. The findings shed light...

Discrimination Associated With Higher Risk of Depression

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed several public health issues, not to...

Repeated Concussions Can Thicken the Skull

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Summary: Repeat concussions thicken the structure of skull bones. Researchers theorize the thickening of the skull may occur as the body attempts to better protect the...

In Psychosis Time From Onset to Treatment Differs by Ethnoracial Group

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Time from psychosis onset to treatment differs on the basis...

How a Brain Area Implicated in Alzheimer’s May Be Vulnerable to Degeneration

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Summary: Study reveals a novel mechanism in locus coeruleus neurons caused by the loss of the GPT2 mitochondrial enzyme that is implicated in the development and...

Educational Comic Book Has Little Effect on Preoperative Anxiety Among Children

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An educational comic book was not an effective intervention for...

Tiny Brain Area Controls Work for Rewards

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Summary: The lateral habenula is responsible for determining whether an animal is willing to work for rewards, and when it will stop working.Source: Cornell UniversityA...

Adenosine Modulators and Calcium Channel Blockers in Bipolar Disorder Treatment

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A decreased risk for psychiatric hospitalization in bipolar disorder was...

Interacting Brains Sync Without Physical Presence

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Summary: The brains of people playing online video games synchronize, even when there is a physical distance between the players.Source: University of HelsinkiOnline gaming and other...

Choroidal Changes From Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder Differ Between Sexes

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Among patients with psychosis, the pathogenesis of psychotic illness affects...

Brief Exposure to Rapamycin Has the Same Anti-aging Effects as Lifelong Treatment

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Summary: Brief exposure to Rapamycin, a promising anti-aging drug that has positive effects on health and lifespan, has the same effect as long-term exposure to the...

Time to Advanced Airway Management in Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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A delay in advanced airway management (AAM) in children experiencing...

Neurofeedback Shows Promise for Addressing ‘Chemo Brain’

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Summary: Neurofeedback has the potential to alleviate symptoms of “brain fog” and cognitive impairments associated with chemotherapy.Source: UCLARestoring normal functioning in the brains of cancer patients...

Safety of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines in Pregnancy Confirmed

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The safety of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine use in pregnancy was...

‘Synthetic’ Embryo With Brain and Beating Heart Grown From Stem Cells

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Summary: Researchers created model embryos from mouse stem cells that form a beating heart, a brain, and the foundation for other organs. The new model provides...

Sleep-Deprived Youth at Risk for Depression, Cognitive Problems

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Preteens who don’t get the recommended 9 hours of sleep...

Massive Genome Study Informs the Biology of Reading and Language

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Summary: A new genome-wide analysis of five reading and language based skills reveals a shared biological basis contributing to these skills.Source: Max Planck InstituteWhat is the...

The Neurologic Manifestations of Monkeypox: What Experts Know So Far

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The incidence of monkeypox, a viral zoonotic disease first identified...

Feeling Anxious or Blue? Ultra-Processed Foods May Be to Blame

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Summary: Consuming high amounts of highly processed foods can impact mental health, increasing the risk of anxiety and depression.Source: FAUDo you love those sugary-sweet beverages, reconstituted...

Neurosurgical Procedure Used to Measure Dopamine and Serotonin Is Safe

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Summary: Inserting a microelectrode deep into the brain to measure serotonin and dopamine levels of patients scheduled to receive deep brain stimulation is safe and effective.Source:...

Physical and Mental Activities Lower Dementia Risk, Despite Genetic Vulnerability

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Physical and mental activity patterns are associated with risk of developing multiple types of dementia, according to study findings published in Neurology. Dementia is associated with loss...

Gene Therapy for Completely Color Blind Children Partly Restores Cone Function

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Summary: Researchers partially restored the function of cone receptors in the retinas of children born completely blind by using gene therapy.Source: UCLGene therapy has partly restored...

Do Physical Activity Levels Predict Cognitive Status in Parkinson Disease?

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Individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) who become less active are more likely to develop PD mild cognitive impairment or PD dementia, according to study findings published...

Lupus Pill Shows Promise in Mice; Clinical Trial Underway

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Summary: Afimetoran, a newly developed pill to treat lupus, not only prevents lupus-like symptoms in mice, it also reverses signs of organ damage caused by the...

Antihistamines vs Benzodiazepines for Acute Vertigo: Which Is More Effective?

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Antihistamines provided greater relief for patients with acute vertigo than benzodiazepines, however, other medications yielded similar results as antihistamines, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis...

New Model for Predicting Belief Change

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Summary: A new predictive model is able to determine who will change their minds about contentious scientific information when presented with evidence-based research.Source: Santa Fe InstituteA...

FDA Authorizes Intradermal Use of Jynneos During Monkeypox Outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Jynneos vaccine (smallpox and monkeypox vaccine, live, non-replicating) to allow for intradermal...

Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD and Alzheimer Disease-Related Biomarkers: Is There a Link?

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There is no association between increased levels of Alzheimer disease (AD)-related biomarkers and veterans who experienced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although...

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) were traditionally considered 2 different neurologic disorders with discordant clinical features. However, research has shown ALS, both a...

Does Endometriosis Up Risk for Stroke in Women Later in Life?

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Women with endometriosis are likely to be at an increased risk for stroke compared with women without endometriosis, according to a prospective cohort study published in...

Mediterranean Diet Provides Cognitive Benefits for Hispanic, Latinx Adults

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Among community-dwelling, middle-aged and older Hispanic or Latinx adults, high adherence to a culturally tailored Mediterranean diet is associated with better cognitive performance, as well as...

Retropulsion in Parkinson Disease Improves With Exercise Program With Instruction

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Retropulsion in patients with Parkinson disease (PD) improved with a 2-week therapeutic exercise program with instructions to land on the toes, according to a study published...

Simplified Voice Box Enriches Human Speech

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Summary: Anatomical simplification of the larynx as a result of evolution allowed vocal complexity in human speech.Source: Kyoto UniversityAn ongoing debate among scientists, on why chimpanzees...

Multiple Sclerosis Disease Activity in Patients Not Exacerbated by COVID-19

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) disease activity likely did not increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to findings of a retrospective study published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related...

Reprogramming the Brain’s Cleaning Crew to Mop Up Alzheimer’s Disease

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Summary: Using CRISPR gene editing, researchers were able to control microglia and reverse their toxic state associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and put them back on track.Source:...

Inflammation and White Matter Microstructure in Treatment-Resistant MDD

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A pilot study found evidence that inflammation and white matter microstructure may play a role in treatment response in major depressive disorder (MDD). These findings were...

Inverse Relationship Found Between Cancer Diagnosis and Alzheimer’s Disease

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Summary: Dementia patients with a history of cancer demonstrate better cognition at dementia diagnosis than their peers with no history of cancer.Source: University of Alabama at...

Neurovascular Injury Evident in Sudden Death of Patients With COVID-19

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Neurovascular injury during COVID-19 infection is likely triggered by antibody-mediated cytotoxicity directed at endothelial cells. These findings were published in Brain. Severe COVID-19 infection can lead to...

Research Finds Biomarkers in Older Adults With Late-Life Depression

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Summary: The biological changes that occur as a result of aging could be a mechanism behind why older adults with depression do not have a full...

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