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May 4, 2016

Guidelines Updated: Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity, Headache, Other Brain Disorders

Apr. 19, 2016 — The American Academy of Neurology has updated its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and migraine headache, based on recent ... read more

Patients With Learning Disabilities Less Likely to Be Diagnosed With Cancer, but Have Higher Rates of Serious Mental Health Issues Compared to General Public

Apr. 12, 2016 — Coronary heart disease and cancer rates among people with learning disabilities are nearly a third lower than the general population, shows new ... read more

New Gene Responsible for Stroke Discovered

Apr. 7, 2016 — Researchers have identified a new set of genes that may be responsible for the two most common and disabling neurological conditions, stroke and dementia. The study may help researchers better ... read more

Stroke Survivors Face 'Invisible Impairments' to Return to Work

Apr. 6, 2016 — 'Invisible impairments' can make it difficult for stroke survivors to maintain a job, according to a new study . The findings suggest that more needs to be done to make survivors, their GPs ... read more

For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health

Apr. 6, 2016 — About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of ... read more

SOD-Mimetic M40403 Is Protective in Cell and Fly Models of Paraquat Toxicity: Implications for Parkinson Disease

Apr. 6, 2016 — Parkinson disease is a debilitating and incurable neurodegenerative disorder, affecting approximately 1-2% of people over sixty-five years old. Oxidative damage is considered to play a central role ... read more

Parkinson's Disease Meds Increase Risk of Compulsive Gambling, Shopping, Binge Eating

Apr. 5, 2016 — Drugs commonly prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease are linked to impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling, compulsive buying, hypersexuality and binge eating in some patients, ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Chronic lack of sleep and irregular sleep-wake cycles may be risk factors of Parkinson's disease, new work suggests. In an animal model, the researchers show that disturbances in circadian ... read more

Study Links Disparities in Pain Management to Racial Bias

Apr. 4, 2016 — Disparities in pain management may be attributable in part to bias, a new report suggests. The research has documented that black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to white ... read more

New App Improves Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Apr. 4, 2016 — Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke. Treatment with oral anticoagulation reduces this risk but instead increases the risk of bleeding. Now, a new blood test based tool enabling better ... read more

Prolonged Seizures Require Immediate Interventions to Prevent Permanent Damage

Apr. 4, 2016 — A new article provides much-needed guidance for critical care nurses and other clinicians whose patients experience continuous or recurrent ... read more

Testosterone Supplementation Reduces Heart Attack Risk in Men With Heart Disease

Apr. 3, 2016 — A new multi-year study shows that testosterone therapy helped elderly men with low testosterone levels and pre-existing coronary artery disease reduce their risks of major adverse cardiovascular ... read more

More Dietary Calcium May Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Apr. 3, 2016 — In older people, higher dietary calcium intake may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, but not of stroke and fracture, new research ... read more

Improving Depression Symptoms Can Reduce Risk of Major Cardiovascular Problems, New Study Finds

Apr. 3, 2016 — A new study found that effectively treating depression can reduce a patient's chance of having a stroke, heart failure, a heart attack or ... read more

For Young Adults, Sleep Problems Predict Later Pain Problems

Mar. 31, 2016 — For at least some groups of 'emerging adults,' sleep problems are a predictor of chronic pain and worsening pain severity over time, suggests a ... read more

Right Brain May Help Predict Recovery of Language After Stroke

Mar. 30, 2016 — The brain is divided into two hemispheres, the right and the left. The left side is dominant in language and speech-motor functions in most people, so when it is damaged by stroke, it can lead to ... read more

Vascular Brain Injury Evident in People in Their 40s

Mar. 28, 2016 — For the first time, a large study has shown that people as young as their 40s have stiffening of the arteries that is associated with subtle structural damage to the brain that is implicated in ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Certain types of bacteria in the gut can leverage the immune system to decrease the severity of stroke, according to new research. This finding can help mitigate stroke -- which is the second leading ... read more

Structure of Parkinson's Protein Could Lead to New Diagnostic, Treatment Options

Mar. 28, 2016 — Chemists have identified the complex chemical structure of the protein that stacks together to form fibrils in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients. Armed with this knowledge, researchers ... read more

Use of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Chronic Low Back Pain

Mar. 22, 2016 — Among adults with chronic low back pain, both mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in greater improvement in back pain and functional limitations when compared ... read more

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