Posts Categorized: Neuro

Dementia Patients Awaken with Music Therapy

Every Monday morning, a group of spousal caregivers meet to share, compare and vent about the challenges of caring for someone with a progressive dementia. One husband, Joe, talks about his wife emptying the dishwasher and putting things away in the wrong place and how he tries to locate his cooking utensils. Joe also complains… Read more »

Women with Epilepsy, Trying to Conceive

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the nervous system and can cause debilitating seizures. Various biological and social differences cause women to experience epilepsy differently than men. As a result, women with epilepsy face different challenges throughout life—for instance, when they try to conceive. Epilepsy affects almost one million American women of childbearing age; nearly… Read more »

A Ban on Balls During Recess

A recent rash of playground injuries has prompted a Long Island school superintendent to issue a complete ban on balls. The ban prohibits hard athletic balls used during soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and other sports. The school district also banned performing cartwheels or playing tag unless there is adequate adult supervision. Only Nerf-type balls are… Read more »

Stroke Reduces Quality of Life

A stroke (also called a “brain attack”) can take three out of five quality years off your life, according to a recent study in the journal Neurology. Considering advances in treatment and ongoing stroke-prevention campaigns, that is pretty alarming. The study followed 748 stroke patients and 440 who had a mini-stroke (also known as transient… Read more »

The Football Concussion Crisis

Last night’s PBS Frontline episode, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” explored how football concussions affect the brain. Researchers must continue to explore how playing football affects the brain, Peter Davies, PhD, told the program producers. An investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Davies raised important questions that still need to… Read more »

Know the Signs of Brain Aneurysm

Since this is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, let’s make sure to know the warning signs of brain aneurysm. A weak area in a blood-vessel wall of the brain that causes the vessel to bulge or balloon out, a brain aneurysm may leak a small amount of blood into the brain (a subarachnoid hemorrhage) that causes… Read more »

Kids’ Migraines Can Make School a “Headache”

When school starts, most parents get busy buying books, supplies, clothes and much more. But kids’ migraines give a new dimension to school preparation for moms and dads. As many as 10 percent of grade-school children have migraine headaches, and half of all sufferers get their first migraine before the age of 12. By the… Read more »

Huntington’s Disease Breakthrough

Imaging brain metabolism with PET (positron emission tomography) can be used to track disease progression in clinically normal carriers of the Huntington’s disease gene who have yet to develop symptoms, according to a study my colleagues and I just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Huntington’s disease is extremely debilitating. It causes the progressive… Read more »

“Right Brain/Left Brain” Idea May Be Lopsided

Have you ever had a right brain/left brain conversation with a friend to try to figure out what “type” you are? Don’t pigeon-hole yourself just yet. While there are a lot of pop-culture references to the right-brain/left-brain theory, they are often misinformed. We know that each side (hemisphere) of the brain controls different types of… Read more »

Randy Travis Suffers Stroke

Country singer Randy Travis, 54, has been admitted to a Texas hospital after suffering a stroke, a complication due to a recent bout of cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.  Mr. Travis underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain, according to news reports. Cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle) occurs when the heart… Read more »