Posts Categorized: Neuro

Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Dopamine

Yesterday’s revelation that the late Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease (PD) has raised questions about links between PD and depression. Parkinson’s disease is a complex motor-system disorder. Its underlying cause is a deterioration in parts of the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. (A neurotransmitter is a brain chemical that allows one brain cell to… Read more »

Chronic Pain Relief for Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia Patients

Patients with chronic pain due to neuropathy or fibromyalgia can find relief with two anti-seizure drugs, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The medications–gabapentin and pregabalin—are also known as pain modulators because they are more notably used to treat neuropathic pain than seizure disorders. Many people suffer… Read more »

Caregivers Keep Each Other Afloat

Many members of the “sandwich generation” play a balancing act with work, family and aging parents who need caregivers. Usually, looking after parents affected by dementia and other health problems is thrust upon one daughter (or occasionally a son) without discussion or choice. Then the adult child must scramble for solutions. Caring for parents whose… Read more »

Gamma Knife Transforms Brain Tumor Treatment

Not so long ago, a small tumor deep within the brain could not be safely treated with traditional surgery or radiation without unacceptable risks of harm from the surgical procedure or from radiation’s effects on normal tissues. Now, we can destroy deep-seated brain tumors—up to about half an inch—with a targeted dose of 200 radiation… Read more »

Alive and Well with Huntington’s Disease

Spend next Wednesday evening with patients, researchers and clinicians who collaborate to understand Huntington’s disease. Patients with this genetic neural disorder struggle with muscle coordination plus their attention span, memory, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, language, learning and/or emotions. On April 16 at 5 p.m., one of my patients and her daughter will share their… posted in: Event, Movement Disorders, Neuro, Research tags:


Living with Acquired Brain Injury

A full-day program, Living with Acquired Brain Injury: The Critical Roles of Family and the Interdisciplinary Team, will bring together patients, their loved ones, their caregivers and their clinicians. Together, they will explore the interdisciplinary, integrative treatment of acquired brain injury. Acquired brain injury (ABI) refers physical issues that can cause neuro-cognitive, physical and psychosocial… Read more »

The Resilience of the Human Brain

The resilience of the human brain comes to the forefront as we celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Survivors are making headlines by showing just how amazing the brain is: For instance, former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Formula 1 race car driver Michael Schumacher survived traumatic brain injuries, and actress Sharon Stone suffered a severe brain… Read more »

NFL Backs Youth Concussion Protocols

The National Football League (NFL) recently joined two New Jersey lawmakers to support the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2013 (ConTACT Act). The act emphasizes the importance of establishing best practices for diagnosing and managing mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. The NFL is studying the long-term effects of mTBI in athletes,… Read more »

Levetiracetam Is Safe During Pregnancy

Pregnant women with epilepsy who control seizures with levetiracetam (Keppra, Keppra XR) can expect that it will not affect their child’s later development. Taken during pregnancy, the medication does not appear to be associated with developmental problems in preschool children, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. The study is reassuring for… Read more »

Gene Therapy: A New Possibility
for Parkinson’s Patients

A new gene therapy called ProSavin may help reduce motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, suggests a recent study published in The Lancet. Although Parkinson’s cannot be cured, medications can improve symptoms. Typically, treatment includes dopamine-replacement therapy to replenish the main brain chemical that patients with Parkinson’s lose. This new gene therapy restores the patient’s dopamine… posted in: Neuro, News tags: