Neurology News

fMRI IDs brain regions linked to sleep, depression

26 Jul 2018

Researchers have been able to identify certain areas of the brain associated with poor sleep quality and depression with the help of functional MRI (fMRI) technology, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. 

Genome damage from CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing higher than thought

16 Jul 2018

Scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought. These results create safety implications for gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9 in the future as the unexpected damage could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.

One-item Scale is reliable tool to assess fatigue in Parkinson’s patients, study finds

16 Jul 2018

The one-item Fatigue Visual Analog Scale (VAFS) is a highly consistent and reliable tool to assess fatigue in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and is associated with their quality of life, according to researchers.

Japan sees number of trained dementia care volunteers top 10 million

1 Jul 2018

The number of people who have received training to assist people with dementia has surpassed 10 million in Japan, a support group for dementia sufferers has said.

Achieving the WHO’s Global Action Plan for Dementia

28 Jun 2018

News-Medical.Net interview with Dr. Matthew Norton, Director of Alzheimer’s Research UK. The WHO Global Action Plan focuses on the public health’s response to dementia, and outlines ways in which governments can address the health and social aspects of the condition. In a recent report by Alzheimer’s Disease International, it was clear that the world is not on track for meeting the 2025 target. Is 2025 a realistic target?

Researchers find important new piece in the Huntington’s disease puzzle

20 Jun 2018

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered a hitherto unknown error in the transport of glutamine between astrocytes and neurons in the brain of mice with Huntington’s disease. At the same time, it is a relevant area on which to focus the effort of developing a future treatment for the disease, the researchers believe.

WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11)

18 Jun 2018

WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11)

World Stroke Organisation Proclamation calling for a joint prevention of stroke and potentially preventable dementia

13 Jun 2018

Proclamation calling for a joint prevention of stroke and potentially preventable dementia

World’s first intra-operative MRI-guided robot for bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery

11 Jun 2018

A HKU Mechanical Engineering team led by Dr. Kwok Ka-wai recently designed the first neurosurgical robotic system capable of performing bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery inside a magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) scanner. This innovative technological breakthrough can facilitate the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

Virtual brain gives insights into memory deficits in depression

8 Jun 2018

During a depressive episode the ability of the brain to form new brain cells is reduced. Scientists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum examined how this affects the memory with a computational model that captures the characteristic features of the brain of a patient with depressions. 

Self-tuning brain implant could help treat patients with Parkinson’s disease

29 May 2018

NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded research a key first step to improving deep brain stimulation.

Nerve signal-decoding technology could make prosthetic hands easier to use

23 May 2018

US researchers claim to have cracked nerve code to make prosthetic hands more intuitive to control

Reduction of Movement in Neurological Diseases: Effects on Neural Stem Cells Characteristics

23 May 2018

Results from a study support the existence of a link between reduction of exercise and muscle disuse and metabolism in the brain, contributing to the negative manifestations of these conditions.

A Simple Beam of Light Could Catch Zika-Infected Mosquitoes

23 May 2018

A research team from Australia, the US, and Brazil outlines the use of near-infrared light to scan mosquitoes for a Zika diagnosis. The whole inspection happens 18 times faster than traditional methods, a pace that would save public health agencies days.

Environment and Neurological Diseases: Growing Evidence for Direct Relationship

17 May 2018

Exposure to air pollution has been implicated in a number of adverse health outcomes. There is increasing
evidence that point towards association of airborne pollutant exposure with respiratory, cardiovascular, and
neurovascular pathology.