Neurology News

Wiring diagram of the brain provides a clearer picture of brain scan data

14 Dec 2018

Neuroscientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) used data from the human brain connectome to reconcile seemingly inconsistent neuroimaging findings from neuroimaging studies of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Driving with dementia - new guidance for doctors

13 Dec 2018

New guidance on when people living with dementia should stop driving has been published to support doctors and other health care professionals.

There’s a map for that: tracing pathways through the ever-changing brain

13 Dec 2018

Within the brain, there are many different substructures, each connected by axons and dendrites to multiple other substructures. In the 1970’s, neuroanatomy courses meant memorizing something that looked as complicated as the New York City subway map.

Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies

10 Dec 2018

The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy.
The research is published in today’s issue of Nature Communications. It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development of new treatments for the condition.

Neuroscientist discovers hidden region in the human brain

22 Nov 2018

Cartographer of the brain, Scientia Professor George Paxinos AO, from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has discovered a hidden region of the human brain. The region is found near the brain-spinal cord junction and Professor Paxinos has named it the Endorestiform Nucleus. 

Brain-computer interface enables people with paralysis to control tablet devices

21 Nov 2018

In a study in PLOS ONE, three clinical trial participants with tetraplegia, each of whom was using the investigational BrainGate BCI that records neural activity directly from a small sensor placed in the motor cortex, were able to navigate through commonly used tablet programs, including email, chat, music-streaming, and video-sharing apps.

WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

19 Nov 2018

Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease.

Neck scan could predict risk of developing cognitive decline

13 Nov 2018

A five-minute scan of blood vessels in the neck during mid-life could predict cognitive decline ten years before symptoms appear, claims new UCL research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Brain disorders in Europe: The Space Race of the 21st Century

12 Nov 2018

In April, EBC launched its Brain Mission, a dedicated effort to understand the brain, develop new treatments for related diseases, and enhance patient outcomes. Speaking to Health Europa, EBC president Professor Monica Di Luca discusses the mission and shares her hopes for brain research in the upcoming ninth European research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 

NeuroTech-Neuroimaging: Can a Machine Learning Algorithm Help Triage Acute Neurologic Events?

1 Nov 2018

Investigators developed a deep learning algorithm to provide rapid diagnosis of clinical head CT-scan images. The goal? To help triage and prioritize urgent neurological events, potentially accelerating time to diagnosis and care in clinical settings. Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have taught a computer to read head computed tomography (CT) imaging for serious brain events. 

Space travel alters the brain

24 Oct 2018

LMU physicians have shown that widespread changes in the relative tissue volumes of the brains of cosmonauts who have spent long periods of time in the weightlessness of outer space can still be detected more than 6 months after their return to Earth.

Monitoring electromagnetic signals in the brain with MRI

22 Oct 2018

MIT engineers have now devised a new technique to detect either electrical activity or optical signals in the brain using a minimally invasive sensor for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

AAN 2019 International Scholarship Award

17 Oct 2018

The American Academy of Neurology announces the 2019 International Scholarship Award.


Every cell has a story to tell in brain injury

3 Oct 2018

NIH-funded study suggests specific cells and genes may be potential treatment targets. Traumatic head injury can have widespread effects in the brain, but now scientists can look in real time at how head injury affects thousands of individual cells and genes simultaneously in mice. 

People who walk just 35 minutes a day may have less severe strokes

19 Sep 2018

People who participate in light to moderate physical activity, such as walking at least four hours a week or swimming two to three hours a week, may have less severe strokes than people who are physically inactive, according to a study published inNeurology®