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2013-02-14 13:25:56

New Mayo Clinic research suggests that blood may hold clues to whether post-menopausal women may be at an increased risk for areas of brain damage that can lead to memory problems and possibly increased risk of stroke. The study shows that blood's tendency to clot may contribute to areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities. The findings are published in the Feb. 13 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study involved 95...

2013-02-07 20:20:59

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You can now vote for your favorite video entry to the 2013 Neuro Film Festival at http://www.NeuroFilmFestival.com. The Neuro Film Festival is a contest by the American Brain Foundation, the foundation of the American Academy of Neurology, to help raise awareness about why more research is needed to cure brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, autism, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Public voting will close on...

2013-02-07 10:00:12

Wearing a nerve stimulator for 20 minutes a day may be a new option for migraine sufferers, according to new research published in the February 6, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The stimulator is placed on the forehead, and it delivers electrical stimulation to the supraorbital nerve. For the study, 67 people who had an average of four migraine attacks per month were followed for one month with no treatment. Then they...

2013-01-31 09:58:40

Being obese may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in children and teenage girls, according to new research published in the January 30, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled," said study author Annette Langer-Gould, MD, PhD, with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation in Pasadena and a member of the American...

2013-01-17 12:24:09

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Football League (NFL) players may be at increased risk of depression as they age due to brain damage resulting from concussions, according to two studies that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1.6 to 3.8 million sports concussions occur each year. While it is known that sports...

2013-01-15 16:23:47

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women who have migraines with aura, which are often visual disturbances such as flashing lights, may be more likely to have problems with their heart and blood vessels, and those on newer contraceptives may be at higher risk for blood clots, according to two studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. The first study showed that migraine with...

2013-01-14 16:23:27

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People who are depressed after a stroke may have a tripled risk of dying early and four times the risk of death from stroke than people who have not experienced a stroke or depression, according to a study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. "Up to one in three people who have a stroke develop depression," said study author Amytis Towfighi, MD, with the Keck...

2013-01-14 16:23:21

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Apparent stem cell transplant success in mice may hold promise for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The results of the study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. "There have been remarkable strides in stem cell transplantation when it comes to other diseases, such as cancer and heart failure," said study author Stefania...

2013-01-14 16:23:18

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk. The study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. "Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea are commonly consumed worldwide and have important physical--and may have...

2013-01-14 16:23:16

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research suggests that testing a portion of a person's saliva gland may be a way to diagnose Parkinson's disease. The study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013. "There is currently no diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease," said study author Charles Adler, MD, PhD, with the Mayo Clinic Arizona and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. "We have...