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July 25, 2016

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July 25, 2016

Effectiveness of Treatment for Individuals With Brain Injury or Stroke

July 20, 2016 — New articles explore the effectiveness of several neurorehabilitation treatments for individuals with brain injury or stroke. A number of published articles have covered the issue of efficacy of ... read more

Surgery Found to Increase Risk of Chronic Opioid Use, Study Finds

July 11, 2016 — A study of health insurance claims showed that patients undergoing 11 of the most common types of surgery were at an increased risk of becoming chronic users of opioid painkillers, say ... read more

Link Found Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson's, but Not Alzheimer's

July 11, 2016 — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a loss of consciousness (LOC) may be associated with later development of Parkinson's disease but not Alzheimer's disease or incident dementia, new ... read more

July 11, 2016 — Imaging all of the brain's connections after stroke in addition to imaging only the areas of cortical tissue damage could better predict which patients will have language deficits and how severe ... read more

Does Chronic Pain Run in Families?

July 6, 2016 — Can an increased risk of chronic pain be transmitted from parents to children? Several factors may contribute, including genetics, effects on early development, social learning, and more according to ... read more

Cerebrovascular Disease Linked to Alzheimer's

July 1, 2016 — While strokes are known to increase risk for dementia, much less is known about diseases of large and small blood vessels in the brain, separate from stroke, and how they relate to dementia. Diseased ... read more

Electronic Tablets Speed Stroke Care During Patient Transport, Study Finds

July 1, 2016 — The approach was just as accurate as a bedside assessment by a neurologist, which could allow for better transport decisions by the EMS team and potentially faster treatment of the patient once at ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Scientists report promising 90-day outcomes for stroke patients with large-vessel clots who underwent thrombectomy or clot removal using the direct-aspiration, first pass technique (ADAPT). ... read more

June 27, 2016 — Researchers say they have gleaned two important new clues in the fight against Parkinson’s disease: that blocking an enzyme called c-Abl prevents the disease in specially bred mice, and that a ... read more

New Devices Causing 'Paradigm Shift' in Stroke Care

June 24, 2016 — New devices called stent retrievers, which effectively reverse strokes, are revolutionizing the treatment of certain stroke patients, report ... read more

Researchers Open New Path of Discovery in Parkinson's Disease

June 27, 2016 — Two genes associated with Parkinson's disease are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease, a new study ... read more

Genetic Clue to How Patients Respond to Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

June 23, 2016 — Researchers have identified a gene variant which explains why some patients with Parkinson’s Disease respond well to drug treatment and other do ... read more

Digital Strategies Show Promise for Emergency Heart and Stroke Care

June 22, 2016 — A new scientific statement reviews current research on the effectiveness and safety of using mobile devices, social media, visual media and crowdsourcing to improve emergency heart and stroke ... read more

Understanding How Chemical Changes in the Brain Affect Alzheimer's Disease

June 22, 2016 — A new study is helping to explain why the long-term use of common anticholinergic drugs used to treat conditions like allergies and overactive bladder lead to an increased risk of developing dementia ... read more

Blacks With AFib at Greater Risk for Adverse Outcomes

June 22, 2016 — Blacks with atrial fibrillation have nearly double the risk of stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease and mortality from all causes than their white counterparts, new research ... read more

June 20, 2016 — In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers say overall, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in measures of pain, fatigue and ... read more

Aspirin Versus Blood Thinners in Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Stroke Risk

June 20, 2016 — More than one in three atrial fibrillation (AF) patients at intermediate to high risk for stroke are treated with aspirin alone, despite previous data showing this therapy to be inferior to blood ... read more

Coverage for Proven Nonopioid Intervention Denied for Treatment of Chronic Pain in Some States

June 20, 2016 — In the fight to end opioid abuse, Blue Cross Blue Shield in at least two states is denying coverage of a proven nonopioid treatment for chronic pain, a new article ... read more

June 17, 2016 — In a study of stroke patients, investigators confirmed through MRI brain scans that there was an association between the extent of disruption to the brain's protective blood-brain barrier and ... read more

Statin Drugs Reduce Infection Risk in Stroke Patients, Report Suggests

June 16, 2016 — Statin drugs can dramatically lower the risk of infections in stroke patients, report researchers. Patients on statins upon admission to hospital, or early in their stay, had significantly lower risk ... read more

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