Breaking News from the American Academy of Neurology

Prescription for Medical Students: A Day at the Art Museum?

MINNEAPOLIS – With the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, understanding their care is vital for doctors. Yet medical students often just learn the facts and may only see people with advanced disease who are at the hospital or nursing home. A study shows a new way to help medical students learn about the disease—at the art museum. (July 30, 2015)

Can Migraine Increase Your Risk of Stroke?

MINNEAPOLIS – New research suggests older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers. The study is published in the July 22, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (July 23, 2015)

Alzheimer’s May Affect the Brain Differently in African-Americans than European-Americans

MINNEAPOLIS – Alzheimer’s disease may cause different changes in the brain, or pathologies, in African-Americans than in white Americans of European descent, according to a study published in the July 15, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (July 17, 2015)

Study Shows Long-Term Effects of Type 2 Diabetes on the Brain, Thinking

MINNEAPOLIS – In just two years, people with type 2 diabetes experienced negative changes in their ability to regulate blood flow in the brain, which was associated with lower scores on tests of cognition skills and their ability to perform their daily activities, according to a new study published in the July 8, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (July 9, 2015)

FREE Bike Helmet Giveaway This Saturday in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and its foundation, the American Brain Foundation, will be giving away 1,000 bike helmets this Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of brain safety to help prevent head injuries in Minnesota. Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in Minnesota. Approximately 13 percent of traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations are caused by bicycle crashes in children ages 5 to 14, according to the latest information from the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health. (July 2, 2015)

Low Scores on Memory and Thinking Tests May Signal Alzheimer’s Earlier than Thought

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study suggests that errors on memory and thinking tests may signal Alzheimer’s up to 18 years before the disease can be diagnosed. The research is published in the June 24, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (June 29, 2015)

People with Multiple Sclerosis May Have Double the Risk of Dying Early

MINNEAPOLIS – New research suggests people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may have double the risk of dying early compared to people without MS, with those younger than 59 at a three times higher risk. The study is published in the May 27, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (June 22, 2015)

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