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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Drug Application Filed for Lemborexant for Insomnia

A new drug application (NDA) has been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lemborexant (Eisei, Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Purdue Pharma, Stamford, CT). Lemborexant is a small molecule und…

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

FDA Clears First-in-Class NonEEG, Seizure-Monitoring, Wearable Device for Children

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for a wearable smartband device (Embrace; Empatica, Boston, MA) to detect seizure activity in children age 6 years and up. This smar…

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Thursday, January 03, 2019

American Academy of Neurology Call for Uniformity in Brain Death Standards

Noting that only 1 state, Nevada, has adopted legislation requiring use of medically accepted guidelines for determining brain death, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is calling for action on t…

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Study Defines Risk Factors for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

A study published in Neurology online found that taking antidepressants for depression or having anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are correlated with the disruptive and somet…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Sleep Apnea Can Double Risk of Hard-to-Treat Hypertension in African-Americans

A new study published in Circulation reveals that African-Americans with moderate or severe sleep apnea are twice as likely to have hard-to-control high blood pressure when their sleep apnea…

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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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Friday, November 16, 2018

New Campaign Urges Women to Take The Lead on Brain Health

A new campaign, Be Brain Powerful (bebrainpowerful.org), has been launched to encourage women to talk about brain health and take steps to preserve cognitive function has been launched. This $2 m…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Patients With Epilepsy and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Have More Frequent Seizures

A pilot study of 49 adult patients with refractory focal, generalized, or unclassified epilepsy syndromes enrolled prospectively found those with probable obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had more freque…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Smart Phone Tests May Distinguish Parkinson’s from Idiopathic REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

In a paper published in Neurology, researchers report that consumer-grade smartphones can be used to accurately identify patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) versus those with idiopathic REM s…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pitolisant for Treatment of Patients with Narcolepsy has Long-Term Safety, Tolerability, and Durability of Effect

Long-term data for pitolisant (Harmony Biosciences, Plymouth Meeting PA), an investigational treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy, were presented …

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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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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, June 05, 2018

Patients Treated With Lemborexant Awake and Return to Sleep Safely Without Fall Risk

In results presented today at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting (SLEEP 2018, Baltimore, MD) it was shown that patients treated with lemborexant (Eisai, Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Purdue …

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

American Academy of Sleep Medicine Issues Advisory: Insufficient Sleep May Increase Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has issued a health advisory warning that insufficient or poor sleep may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The AASM believes…

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Monday, June 04, 2018

Excessive Sleepiness Impacts More Than Quality of Life: More Awareness Needed

Results from a survey of sleep specialists suggest there is a need for greater awareness of the neurologic effects of excessive sleepiness (ES), including neuronal injury and neurocognitive impairment…

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