Neurology News

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.

First-ever WHO list of essential diagnostic tests to improve diagnosis and treatment outcomes

15 May 2018

Today, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly diagnosed. To address this gap, WHO today published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of the tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases.

Scientists discover roadblocks that stop brain white matter healing

7 May 2018

A new study identifies a molecule that may be critical to the repair of white matter, the fatty tissue wrapped around parts of brain cells that helps speed up communication.

Clinical Findings in Coma Due to Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension

3 May 2018

In a comprehensive study, researchers identified clinical and radiological features of patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension and coma.

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action

2 May 2018

Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

Antidepressants and bladder medicines linked to dementia in landmark study

25 Apr 2018

Long-term use of some anticholinergic medications are associated with an increased risk of dementia - according to a new study led by the University of East Anglia (UK). The research, funded by Alzheimer's Society and published in the BMJ, also shows a dementia risk associated with medications prescribed for bladder conditions and Parkinson's.

Imaging may allow safe tPA treatment of patients with unwitnessed strokes

24 Apr 2018

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators may lead to a significant expansion in the number of stroke patients who can safely be treated with intravenous tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the “clot busting” drug that has greatly reduced stroke-related disability and deaths in eligible patients. 

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