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Friday, November 30, 2018

Emerging Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease Creates New Brain Circuits

A recent study found that gene therapy in development for treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease creates new circuits in the brain associated with improved movement.  In the study …

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Biases in Dementia Screening Tools

Brief cognitive tests are useful screening tools for dementia in the primary care setting; however, a study published in the journal Neurology Clinical Practice shows that 3 of the most comm…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Eye Exam May Lead to Early Diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found that the eye may be a source for early diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The findings also raise the possibility of the disease being spre…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Study Confirms Benefits of Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy

A prospective, multi-center clinical study of 42 patients with brain lesions that recurred after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for metastatic brain tumors showed positive outcomes for lase…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Functional Outcome Measure for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Functional Outcome Measure (CMT-FOM) is a new performance-based measure designed to assess functional abilities in adults with CMT that has now been shown to be well tolerated …

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Flortaucipir Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Differentiates Alzheimer Disease From Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

In a cross-sectional, multicenter international trial, (JAMA. 2018;320(11):1151-1162.) it was shown that neuroimaging with [18F]flortaucipir-positron emission tomography (PET) was able to sensiti…

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT New Guideline for Clinical Management of Persons in Vegetative or Minimally Conscious States

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research released a new g…

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Braintest App Has Equivalent Sensitivity and Specificity as SAGE Test for Mild Cognitive Impairment

There is an app (BrainTest, Columbus, OH) used to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). It is a clinically validated, digital version of the paper and pen Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE)…

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Heading the Ball in Soccer May Affect Women's and Men's Brains Differently

In a new study from researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Radiology. 2018;July 31), imaging findings suggest that heading the ball in soccer may affect women's brains differently…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier: A Potential New Treatment Modality

In a small, yet groundbreaking, clinical trial, MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) (ExablateNeuro; Insightec, Miami FL) was used to open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) safely in 5 persons with mild-…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Alzheimer’s Association Releases First Clinical Evaluation Guideline

New evidence-based consensus guidelines for the evaluation of cognitive-behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias have been released and strongly encourage early diagnosi…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Potential Source for New Biomarkers in Sleep Disorders

A study just published in the journal PLOS One shows that there are circadian molecules in saliva that are disrupted in children with sleep disorders.  These results advance our understanding of …

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Can Patients Unique Brain Imaging Fingerprints Direct Clinical Management?

Researchers for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative from the Montreal Neurology Institute and Hospital (Montreal, Canada) have published results in the journal Neuroimaging, regarding …

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

FDA Grants Clearance for Fully Implantable Wireless Intracranial Pressure Sensor

The AURA intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring system (Branchpoint Technologies, Irvine, CA) has been granted clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This first of kind system is fully i…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Type of Vertigo Defined That May Be Treatable

Neurologists have defined a new type of vertigo with no known cause (Neurology. 2018:published online May 23). The authors have differentiated this type of vertigo from serious causes of vertigo (eg, …

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