Neurology News

Challenges and opportunities for brain health

8 Feb 2019

Ever wondered how the World Federation of Neurology is working to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide? William M Carroll and Wolfgang Grisold, of the World Federation of Neurology, discuss what can be done to increase research into neurological disorders and promote better and lasting brain health.

Stroke Alliance for Europe 2019 Joint event with Romanian Presidency of the Council Presidency

6 Feb 2019

The Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) invites you to attend the event ‘Joining forces to prevent and control non-communicable diseases: The role of policy in tackling stroke’, under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will take place on 28 March 2019, in Brussels, at the European Committee of the Regions.

NIH study provides answer to long-held debate on blood sugar control after stroke

6 Feb 2019

Primary results show that intensive glucose management did not improve functional outcomes at 90 days after stroke compared to standard glucose therapy. Findings may have immediate impact on clinical practice.

Researchers sound alarm as humans prepare for extended time in space

24 Jan 2019

Lack of data describing the adaptation of the human brain to microgravity and long term spaceflights needs more attention.

Signs of memory problems could be symptoms of hearing loss instead, suggests Baycrest study

21 Jan 2019

Older adults concerned about displaying early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease should also consider a hearing check-up, suggest recent findings. A recent Baycrest study, published in the Canadian Journal on Aging, found that the majority (56 per cent) of participants being evaluated for memory and thinking concerns and potential brain disorders had some form of mild to severe hearing loss, but only about 20 per cent of individuals used hearing aids. 

Peripheral nerve transfers change target muscle structure and function

9 Jan 2019

Nerve transfers in neuromuscular reconstruction indicate that reinnervated muscles can provide an accurate bioscreen to display neural information of lost body parts for high-fidelity prosthetic control.

New Research Looks at the Promise of ‘Digital Neuropsychology’

7 Jan 2019

In a new paper published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, McLean Hospital’s Laura Germine, PhD, and her colleagues describe the many ways in which cognitive tests conducted with computers and smartphones might improve upon traditional “pencil-and-paper” tests. The researchers also present a critical overview of modern testing technology to help neuropsychologists understand and benefit from new methods.

Major international project aims to identify causes of dementia

18 Dec 2018

European scientists have launched a research programme, which aims to identify common causes of dementia in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Down Syndrome

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.

R.I. Company Pushes Efforts to Address 'Secondhand Chemo'

3 Dec 2018

A similar debate to secondhand smoking is emerging about secondhand chemotherapy. Concern is growing that chemo drugs may be having an impact on those who manufacture the drugs, the pharmacists who compound them, the nurses who administer them, and family and friends who assist cancer patients. There is little research on the health and environmental impacts of secondhand chemo. Cytotoxic chemicals have been identified in waterways and the water supply in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, and Switzerland, according to various studies.  Talks are in progress to launch a pilot program using a combination of its bag system with Pharma-Cycle’s patented program.

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.