Neurology News

Stroke Study Expands Window of Clot Removal Treatment for Some Patients

11 Nov 2017

Trial ended early after procedure demonstrates significant benefit. A procedure to remove clots from blocked brain vessels – known as thrombectomy - may be beneficial for some stroke patients even if they come in to the emergency room beyond the 6-hour treatment window that current guidelines endorse, according to a groundbreaking study conducted by an international team of physicians and researchers led by UPMC and Emory University. 

Study shows how memories ripple through the brain

30 Oct 2017

NIH-funded study suggests increased communication between key brain areas during sleep. Using an innovative “NeuroGrid” technology, scientists showed that sleep boosts communication between two brain regions whose connection is critical for the formation of memories. 

World Stroke Day: 29th October 2017

25 Oct 2017

90% of strokes are linked to 10 risks we can all do something about. Take steps to prevent #stroke  #WorldStrokeDay

People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Exhausted at a Cellular Level, Study Shows

24 Oct 2017

New research has found immune cells taken from the blood of volunteers diagnosed with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome, sometimes also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME) show clear signs of low energy production, not only adding details to a complex and confusing condition, but demonstrating once again that it's not a disease that can be fixed with willpower alone.

Low risk of ICH after reperfusion therapy in acute stroke patients treated with direct oral anti-coagulant

16 Oct 2017

The safety of intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and endovascular therapy (EVT) in patients treated with DOAC is unclear. According to the study, acute reperfusion therapy in acute ischemic stroke patients with DOAC may be safe. High systolic blood pressure, high glucose, and very recent treatment with DOAC may be risk factors for ICH after thrombolysis.

Posttraumatic dystonia

15 Oct 2017

In most cases the cause for dystonia is unknown. In a small number of patients, trauma precedes the onset of the dystonia. Significant head trauma is a well-recognized precipitating factor in dystonia. However, it has become increasingly recognized that peripheral trauma can also result in dystonia. Secondary dystonia resulting from both central and peripheral trauma, its possible pathogenesis and treatment is discussed in this review

FDA clears first 7T magnetic resonance imaging device

12 Oct 2017

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the first seven tesla (7T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device, more than doubling the static magnetic field strength available for use in the United States. The Magentom Terra is the first 7T MRI system cleared for clinical use in the United States.

Automating Brain MRI Image Quality Predictions

3 Oct 2017

Barriers in sharing and accessing data from neuroimaging has slowed progress in the field of neuroscience, even as newer technologies offer more promise. Now, scientists from Stanford University are tackling those issues through a new way of organizing brain-imaging data that simplifies data analysis and helps researchers collaborate more effectively – they call it BIDS (Brain Imaging Data Structure).

Virtual brain lab brings together leading neuroscientists across the world

21 Sep 2017

Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. The £10 million International Brain Lab brings together groups from UK, USA, France, Switzerland and Portugal to uncover how complex networks of brain cells support our ability to learn and make decisions. 

Emerging Migraine Therapies Show Promise in Basic and Clinical Highlights

11 Sep 2017

Research results presented by leaders in the field of headache medicine at the 18th Congress of the International Headache Society Sept. 7-10 reveal promising findings supporting the treatment of migraine and other headache disorders.

Eye changes may signal frontotemporal lobe degeneration

8 Sep 2017

Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that is present in tens of thousands of Americans, but is often difficult to diagnose accurately. Now in a study published this week online ahead of print in Neurology, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found evidence that a simple eye exam and retinal imaging test may help improve that accuracy.

Video Highlights from the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress

8 Sep 2017

Video highlights from the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress

Human skin cells transformed directly into motor neurons

7 Sep 2017

Scientists have discovered a new way to convert human skin cells directly into motor neurons. The technique, developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, could help researchers better understand diseases of motor neurons, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Daniel Reich, M.D., Ph.D.: Imagining Brain Imaging

1 Sep 2017

Humming along in the corner of Daniel Reich’s lab is a small scientific instrument that you’d expect to see at a tech company or in a design studio. It’s a 3-D printer busily making a customized cutting box that can hold a brain extracted at an autopsy. Reich, a neuroradiologist and senior investigator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and his group developed the 3-D-printed cutting boxes as part of their research on multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic neuroinflammatory autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system.

FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States

30 Aug 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a historic action today making the first gene therapy available in the United States, ushering in a new approach to the treatment of cancer and other serious and life-threatening diseases. The FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.