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18-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
For Immigrants to Canada, Risk of MS Increases with Proportion of Life Spent There
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Immigrants to Canada who have spent a greater proportion of their lives in Canada have a greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than people who have spent a smaller proportion of their lives there, according to a study published in the April 24, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study does not prove that an increased proportion of life in Canada causes MS; it only shows an association.

15-Apr-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Does Using Your Brain More at Work Help Ward Off Thinking, Memory Problems?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The harder your brain works at your job, the less likely you may be to have memory and thinking problems later in life, according to a new study published in the April 17, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

4-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
More than Half a Million Global Stroke Deaths May Be Tied to Climate Change
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A changing climate may be linked to growing death and disability from stroke in regions around the world, according to a study published in the April 10, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Newswise: Study: Epilepsy patients benefit from structured 'seizure action plans'
Released: 5-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Study: Epilepsy patients benefit from structured 'seizure action plans'
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A new 16-week study of 204 adult epilepsy patients found that 98% of participants believe that all patients with epilepsy should have a seizure action plan (SAP), regardless of seizure status.

28-Mar-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Earlier Menopause Plus High Cardiovascular Risk May Lead to Cognitive Problems Later
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Earlier menopause combined with higher risk of cardiovascular disease is linked to an increased risk of thinking and memory problems later, according to a new study published in the April 3, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In this study, earlier menopause is defined as occurring before age 49.

21-Mar-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Could AI Play a Role in Locating Damage to the Brain After Stroke?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Artificial intelligence (AI) may serve as a future tool for neurologists to help locate where in the brain a stroke occurred. In a new study, AI processed text from health histories and neurologic examinations to locate lesions in the brain. The study, which looked specifically at the large language model called generative pre-trained transformer 4 (GPT-4), is published in the March 27, 2024, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

18-Mar-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Is the Burden of Neurologic Disease Higher After Influenza or COVID-19?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who have an influenza infection are more likely to need medical care for neurologic disorders within the next year than people who have a COVID-19 infection, according to a study published in the March 20, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Newswise: Blast-related concussions linked to higher Alzheimer’s risk
Released: 13-Mar-2024 6:05 PM EDT
Blast-related concussions linked to higher Alzheimer’s risk
University of Washington School of Medicine and UW Medicine

“While our research does not prove that veterans who experienced these injuries will develop Alzheimer’s disease, it raises the possibility that they may be on a pathway leading to dementia,” said Dr. Ge Li, the paper's first author and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UW Medicine.

8-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EST
Do Astronauts Experience “Space Headaches”?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Space travel and zero gravity can take a toll on the body. A new study has found that astronauts with no prior history of headaches may experience migraine and tension-type headaches during long-haul space flight, which includes more than 10 days in space. The study was published in the March 13, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

8-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EST
Do Veterans Who Experience Concussions Have an Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Middle-age veterans who experienced concussions due to blasts from explosive devices may have biomarkers in their spinal fluid similar to people who develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the March 13, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

1-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EST
Black People Half as Likely to Be Evaluated for Genetic Testing as White People
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Genetic testing has become a more common way to diagnose and manage many neurologic conditions including dementia, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, but a new study has found not everyone may have the same level of access to these tests. Black people were half as likely as white people to be evaluated for genetic testing, according to a study published in the March 6, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

1-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EST
Does Stroke Risk Linked to Sleep Apnea Vary by Race?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The risk of stroke tied to sleep apnea may vary for Black people and white people, according to a study published in the March 6, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

26-Feb-2024 2:05 PM EST
For Young People, Irregular Meals, E-Cigarette Use Linked to Frequent Headaches
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

For children and teens, irregular meals such as skipped breakfasts are linked to an increased risk of frequent headaches, according to a new study published in the February 28, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that for those ages 12 to 17, substance use and exposure, specifically electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), were associated with frequent headaches.

26-Feb-2024 2:05 PM EST
For People with Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy, Seizure Dogs May Reduce Seizures
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

For people with drug-resistant epilepsy, having a dog companion trained in detecting seizures and other epilepsy-related tasks may reduce the amount of seizures they have, according to new research published in the February 28, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers looked at adults with severe epilepsy who have been unable to find effective treatment to reduce seizures.

15-Feb-2024 3:05 PM EST
Air Pollution Linked to More Signs of Alzheimer’s in Brain
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of amyloid plaques in their brains associated with Alzheimer’s disease after death, according to a study published in the February 21, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

8-Feb-2024 12:05 PM EST
New Review Finds Indigenous People More Likely to Have a Stroke
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Indigenous people may be more likely to have a stroke than non-Indigenous people, according to a systematic review that looked at populations around the world.

2-Feb-2024 8:05 AM EST
Erectile Dysfunction Drugs May Be Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction may also be associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the February 7, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

25-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
Exposure to Even Moderate Levels of Radon Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Now a new study has found exposure to this invisible, odorless gas is also linked to an increased risk of stroke.

25-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Tied to Memory, Thinking Problems
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with polycystic ovary syndrome may be more likely to have memory and thinking problems in middle age, according to new research published in the January 31, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

19-Jan-2024 3:05 PM EST
Can We Predict When a Migraine Attack Will Occur?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Migraine is often underdiagnosed and untreated, and even when it is treated, it can be difficult to treat early enough as well as find strategies to prevent attacks.

Released: 24-Jan-2024 7:30 AM EST
Death rate higher than expected for patients with functional, nonepileptic seizures
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The death rate for patients with functional, nonepileptic seizures is higher than expected, with a rate comparable to epilepsy and severe mental illness, a Michigan Medicine-led study finds.

12-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
For People with Migraine, Feelings of Stigma May Impact Disability, Quality of Life
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Migraine can impact many aspects of a person’s life, but less is known about how feelings of stigma about the disease affect quality of life. For people with migraine, these feelings of stigma were linked to more disability, increased disease burden and reduced quality of life, according to new research published in the January 17, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

12-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
How Do Controllable Risk Factors for Dementia Vary by Race, Ethnicity?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Approximately 23% of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another related dementia in their 60s and later have cases that can be explained by controllable risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity, and too little or too much sleep, and that percentage varies depending on race and ethnicity, according to a new study published in the January 17, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

5-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST
Black People Face Strokes at Higher Rates, Younger Ages than White People
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Black people consistently had a higher rate of stroke than white people over a recent 22-year period, according to a study published in the January 10, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

2-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST
Even in Midlife, Disrupted Sleep Tied to Memory, Thinking Problems Later On
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who have more disrupted sleep in their 30s and 40s may be more likely to have memory and thinking problems a decade later, according to new research published in the January 3, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study does not prove that sleep quality causes cognitive decline. It only shows an association.

2-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST
Is Radon Linked to Health Condition Other than Lung Cancer?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced when metals like uranium or radium break down in rocks and soil, is a known cause of lung cancer. Now new research has found exposure to high levels of this indoor air pollutant is associated with an increased risk of another condition in middle age to older female participants with ischemic stroke.

15-Dec-2023 8:05 AM EST
Brain Lesions in Former Football Players Linked to Vascular, Brain Changes
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Signs of injury to the brain’s white matter called white matter hyperintensities, as seen on brain scans, may be tied more strongly to vascular risk factors, brain shrinkage, and other markers of dementia in former tackle football players than in those who did not play football, according to a study published in the December 20, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

18-Dec-2023 6:30 AM EST
Nearly 30% of caregivers for severe stroke survivors experience psychological distress
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly 30% of caregivers of severe stroke patients experience high levels of anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress during the first year after the patient leaves the hospital.

8-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Rare Sleep Disorder More Prevalent Than Previously Thought
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who are very sleepy during the day, despite a good night’s rest, may have a sleep disorder called idiopathic hypersomnia. New research has found this neurologic disorder may not be as rare as once thought.

8-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Very Irregular Sleep Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who have very irregular sleep patterns may have a higher risk of dementia than those who have more regular sleep patterns, according to new research published in the December 13, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

30-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EST
Depression, Constipation, and Urinary Tract Infections May Precede MS Diagnosis
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

In some diseases, the underlying processes can start years before a diagnosis is made. A new study finds that people who later develop multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have conditions like depression, constipation and urinary tract infections five years before their MS diagnosis than people who do not develop MS.

27-Nov-2023 2:05 PM EST
Certain Migraine Medications May Be More Effective than Ibuprofen
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

For many people with migraine, it can be difficult to find a treatment that is effective and reliable, and information on how medications compare to one another is lacking. A new study draws data from nearly 300,000 people using a smartphone app to help people make decisions about their medications. The study found that certain migraine medications like triptans, ergots and anti-emetics may be two to five times more effective than ibuprofen for treating migraine attacks, according to new research published in the November 29, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

27-Nov-2023 2:05 PM EST
With Some Forms of TBI, Non-Deployed Vets Have Higher Risk of Epilepsy than Deployed
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A study of post-9/11 veterans shows that those with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who have never been deployed have a higher risk of epilepsy than those who have been deployed. The study is published in the November 29, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

21-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EST
Eating More Whole Grains Is Associated With Less Memory Decline in African Americans
RUSH

Consuming a few servings of whole grains each day may reduce the risk of cognitive decline among older African Americans, according to RUSH researchers.

16-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EST
Adding a Few Servings of Whole Grains Linked to Slower Memory Decline in Black People
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Black people who eat more foods with whole grains, including some breads and cereals, quinoa, and popcorn, may have a slower rate of memory decline compared to Black people who eat fewer whole grain foods, according to a study published in the November 22, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The researchers did not see a similar trend in white participants.

9-Nov-2023 10:05 AM EST
Smaller Hippocampus Linked to Cognitive Decline
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

With the rise of new drugs that can target the amyloid-beta plaques in the brain that are an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, new ways are needed to determine whether memory loss and thinking problems are due to Alzheimer’s disease or another neurodegenerative disorder. A new study published in the November 15, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that shrinkage in the hippocampus area of the brain is associated with cognitive decline, even in people who don’t have amyloid plaques in the brain. The hippocampus plays a role in memory.

3-Nov-2023 9:05 AM EDT
For Epilepsy, Yoga May Be Good for Your Mind
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

For people with epilepsy, doing yoga may help reduce feelings of stigma about the disease along with reducing seizure frequency and anxiety, according to new research published in the November 8, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

3-Nov-2023 9:05 AM EDT
Your Education and Income Level May Affect Your Survival, Recovery from Stroke
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with low education and income levels may have a 10% increased risk of death or being dependent on others to complete daily tasks three months after a stroke compared to people with high education and income levels, according to new research published in the November 8, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

27-Oct-2023 9:30 AM EDT
Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Care After a Stroke?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who live in neighborhoods with lower socioeconomic status are less likely to receive clot-busting medications or undergo clot-removing procedures after they have a stroke than people who live in neighborhoods with higher socioeconomic status, according to a study published in the November 1, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

20-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Higher Levels of Triglycerides Linked to Lower Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Older people who have higher levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, may have a lower risk of dementia and a slower cognitive decline over time compared to people who have lower levels, according to new research published in the October 25, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

20-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Childhood Trauma Linked to Headaches in Adulthood
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who have experienced traumatic events in childhood such as abuse, neglect or household dysfunction may be more likely to experience headache disorders as adults, according to a meta-analysis published in the October 25, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. This research does not prove that such experiences cause headaches; it only shows an association.

12-Oct-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Study Finds Increased Risk of Guillain-Barré After COVID-19 Infection
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Having a COVID-19 infection is associated with an increased risk of developing the rare disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome within the next six weeks, according to a study published in the October 18, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that people who received the mRNA vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech were less likely to develop the disorder in the next six weeks than people who did not receive the mRNA vaccine.

10-Oct-2023 11:05 AM EDT
New Guidance Issued on the Determination of Brain Death
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

New guidance has been issued for clinicians on the determination of brain death, also known as death by neurologic criteria. A new consensus practice guideline, developed through a collaboration between the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Child Neurology Society (CNS), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is published in the October 11, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

10-Oct-2023 11:05 AM EDT
New Study Finds Link Between Subjective and Objective Memory Decline
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Among people who report memory and thinking problems, some show no signs of a problem on standard tests, while others have subtle declines on their tests. A new study shows that people who have subtle problems with these tests may have an increased risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to dementia. The study is published in the October 11, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

28-Sep-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Both High and Low HDL Cholesterol Tied to Increased Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Having either high or low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, is tied to a small increased risk of dementia in older adults, according to a study published in the October 4, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

21-Sep-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke Within 5 Days
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Short-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of stroke, according to a meta-analysis published in the September 27, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Short-term exposure was defined as occurring within five days of the stroke.

21-Sep-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Is a Longer Reproductive Lifespan Good for Your Brain?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with a higher cumulative estrogen exposure throughout their life may have a lower risk of cerebral small vessel disease, according to a new study published in the September 27, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

19-Sep-2023 11:05 AM EDT
A Brighter Brain Future for All: AAN Sets New Vision for Brain Health by 2050
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Do you want to improve your brain health? Neurologists, the experts in brain health, have a plan. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals with over 40,000 members, is sharing its vision to improve the nation’s brain health by 2050.

8-Sep-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Study Finds 1 in 5 People on Medicare Travel 50 or More Miles to See a Neurologist
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Nearly one in five people on Medicare travel 50 or more miles one way to see a neurologist, a doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the brain and nervous system, according to research published in the September 13, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).



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