Neurology News

AAN issues guidelines for treatment of migraine in children and teens

14 Aug 2019

For children and teens with migraine, the pain and symptoms that accompany migraine attacks can be debilitating, resulting in missed school days, absence from social or sporting events, and affected home activities. Now the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Headache Society have developed two guidelines that include recommendations for preventing and treating migraine in children and teens. 

Intensive blood pressure control may slow age-related brain damage

13 Aug 2019

NIH-funded imaging study shows link between blood pressure and white matter lesions. These initial results support a growing body of evidence suggesting that controlling blood pressure may not only reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease but also of age-related cognitive loss.

HD Patients Prefer Less Invasive, No-Placebo Gene Therapy Trials, Survey Says

8 Aug 2019

Eligible Huntington’s disease patients would likely participate in a gene therapy trial regardless of the study design, but they are more inclined toward those with less invasive interventions and without a placebo group, a questionnaire-based study suggests.

EEG Can Help Predict Neurologic Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest

8 Aug 2019

Researchers found that EEG initiated rapidly following cardiac arrest and continued for up to five days can reliably predict the neurological outcome of a coma. 

Dyskinesia Study Shows PKG Wearable Device Objectively Detects Motor Fluctuations

26 Jul 2019

A wearable motion-tracking device called Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) objectively and effectively assesses Parkinson’s-related motor fluctuations, researchers report.

Migraine in the United States: Updates in Epidemiology

25 Jul 2019

This year, at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS), several abstracts were presented that discussed the epidemiology and treatment patterns of migraine in the United States. These studies highlighted the discrepancy between the high prevalence of migraine and the use of non-specific medications to treat acute migraine attacks in the outpatient, emergency, and hospital settings.

Researchers get a handle on how to control blood sugar after stroke

24 Jul 2019

Stroke experts have debated whether intensive glucose management after acute ischemic stroke leads to better outcomes but a new study in JAMA finds that aggressive methods are not better than standard approaches.

Warning to those wanting to spice up their lives

23 Jul 2019

A 15-year study of 4582 Chinese adults aged over 55 found evidence of faster cognitive decline in those who consistently ate more than 50 grams of chilli a day. Memory decline was even more significant if the chilli lovers were slim. 

The impact of genetics on motor neurone disease

23 Jul 2019

Trinity College Dublin researchers have found that one in 347 men and one in 436 women can be expected to develop motor neurone disease during their lifetime. The study addresses the question of “nature versus nurture” in the causes of MND. 

Computer Use Found To Reduce Cognitive Decline Risk

22 Jul 2019

An observational study suggests people in their 70s that use a computer, play games, and participate in social activities might reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or the stage between age-related cognitive decline and dementia such as Alzheimer’s.

Deep learning distinguishes Alzheimer’s from normal cognition

22 Jul 2019

A deep learning model that simulates a clinician’s diagnostic process can accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease from cognitively normal patients, according to a study published July 16 in Neurocomputing.

Apathy: The forgotten symptom of dementia

15 Jul 2019

Apathy is the most common neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, with a bigger impact on function than memory loss – yet it is under-researched and often forgotten in care. 

Migraine Strong supports World Brain Day 2019

13 Jul 2019

Migraine Strong are excited to support the World Brain Day and join in WFN's efforts to raise migraine awareness.

Protein Clumps in ALS Neurons Provide Potential Target for New Therapies

1 Jul 2019

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers discovered that prolonged cellular stress, such as exposure to toxins, triggers TDP-43 clumping in the cytoplasm of human motor neurons grown in a laboratory dish. Even after the stress is relieved, TDP-43 clumping persists in ALS motor neurons, but not in healthy neurons.

Why the Discovery of ‘LATE’ Dementia Is Important

1 Jul 2019

The disease affects a different brain protein and occurs mostly in people over 80. This newly discovered dementia may partly explain why some people haven’t been helped by current Alzheimer’s drugs or why some drugs being tested haven’t been as successful as scientists have hoped.