Posts Categorized: Neuro

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 »

Silent Stroke Tied to Memory Loss

What if a stroke (brain attack) occurred and you didn’t even know it? Though this may seem odd, it is possible for someone to experience symptoms but not a full-blown stroke—a “silent stroke.” During a silent stroke, a blood clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain, causing brain cells in that area to… Read more »

Constant Headaches? You May Be on the Rebound

We all have an occasional headache that we treat with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Most of the time, these medications work for headaches that happen now and then. But constant headaches are another matter entirely. Many chronic headache sufferers take OTC pain medication frequently, exceeding the dosage instructions—without realizing they’re making… Read more »

Think FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms

With stroke, time is brain, which means that the sooner patients get to the nearest stroke-designated hospital, the better their outcome will be. To recognize the stroke symptoms and signs–Think FAST: Facial drooping: When one side of the face droops or is numb. Ask the person to smile to confirm whether there is facial drooping… posted in: Heart Health, Neuro tags:


Annette Funicello’s Multiple Sclerosis Battle

This past week, we learned Annette Funicello, 70, the former Mouseketeer and pop culture icon, passed away. Complications from multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological disease she battled during the past 25 years, factored into her death. According to news reports, Ms. Funicello traveled to Italy to undergo an alternative treatment for MS. Known as… Read more »

Hope for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

President Obama’s announcement last week about a $100 million brain-mapping project offers hope for furthering the understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of brain cells. This chronic, progressive neurological disorder causes such symptoms as slow movements, stiffness, lessened ability to make small movements (like tying shoelaces, writing or typing), tremors, impaired… Read more »