Neurology

2017/10/07MEDICAL UPDATE

Diabetes drug shows potential in treating Parkinson’s Disease

Author: Bruce Sylvester Exenatide, a drug used to treat diabetes, could have disease-modifying potential in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, researchers reported on August 3, 2017 in The Lancet.

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2017/09/08MEDICAL UPDATE

‘Brain training’ app boosts memory in dementia patients

Author: Gary Finnegan A 'brain training' game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, according to a study published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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2017/08/17MEDICAL UPDATE

Anti-epilepsy drug shows potential in mild Alzheimer’s disease

A drug used to prevent epileptic seizures, levetiracetam, shows positive impact on the brain activity of patients with mild Alzheimer's disease, researches reported on June 23, 2017 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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2016/08/26MEDICAL UPDATE

Platelet infusion not effective after intracerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy

by Bruce Sylvester: Platelet transfusion after acute spontaneous primary intracerebral haemorrhage in people taking antiplatelet therapy appears to be less effective than standard care, researchers reported on June 25, 2016 in The Lancet.

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2016/08/08MEDICAL UPDATE

Women who smoke have increased risk of brain bleeds

by Bruce Sylvester: Researchers report that bleeding inside the lining of the brain, subarachnoid hemorrhage, happens at a significantly higher rate among smokers, especially female smokers, than among non-smokers. The findings appeared on July 21, 2016 in the journal Stroke.

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2016/07/12MEDICAL UPDATE

Methylene blue appears to improve short-term memory

by Bruce Sylvester: One dosing with methylene blue appears to increase MRI-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, researchers reported on June 28 in Radiology. Methylene blue is currently used to treat methemoglobinemia.

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2016/07/12MEDICAL UPDATE

Migraine in women associated with increased risk cardiovascular disease

by Bruce Sylvester: Women who suffer migraines appear to have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as a higher rate of mortality from cardiovascular disease, researchers reported on May 31, 2016 in The BMJ today.

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2016/06/23MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: United State: ‘Green light’ signals relief for migraine patients

by Gary Finnegan: Exposing migraine sufferers to a narrow band of green light significantly reduces light sensitivity and can reduce headache severity, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and published in Brain.

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2016/06/22MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark: Stroke rate in young adults spikes over two decades

by Gary Finnegan: Hospital admissions for first-time stroke increased in young adults in Denmark during the past two decades, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

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2016/05/25MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: China – Salt and sodium intake remains high in China

by Gary Finnegan: The Chinese population continues to have a high rate of salt intake, fuelling concerns about rising risks of high blood pressure and stroke. The main culprit, according to a new study, appears to be the growing popularity of processed foods.

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