Posts Categorized: Neuro

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:


It’s True:
Sprite Helps Hangovers

If you over-indulge tonight, don’t reach for the hair of the dog tomorrow. There’s a new way to cope with morning-after headache, nausea and general misery: A can of Sprite helps hangovers. Certain chemicals in Sprite reduce the chance of a hangover headache the day after drinking too much alcohol, according to results from a… posted in: Addiction, Neuro, Wellness tags:


New Magnetic Stimulator May Relieve Migraine Pain

A new magnetic stimulator to relieve pain associated with migraine headaches may offer hope to millions of migraine sufferers. Recently, the FDA approved the Cerena transcranial magnetic stimulator (TMS) for people who suffer from migraine headaches that are preceded by aura, which can include a tingling sensation in the arms or legs and/or visions of… Read more »

How the RNS Stimulator Can Help Epilepsy Patients

The RNS stimulator gives new hope to epilepsy patients with medication-resistant epilepsy. Recently approved by the FDA, the system may help reduce the frequency of seizures. This is a big leap forward because it gives another treatment option to patients who don’t respond well to epilepsy medication. Many of these patients can’t undergo surgical treatment… Read more »

Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to remember this neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. In addition to memory loss, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may include: inability to follow a plan or work with numbers; difficulty completing familiar tasks; confusion about time or place; vision problems; difficulty speaking or writing;… Read more »