Breaking News from the American Academy of Neurology

In Old Age, Lack of Emotion and Interest May Signal Your Brain Is Shrinking

MINNEAPOLIS – Older people who have apathy but not depression may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, according to a new study published in the April 16, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Apathy is a lack of interest or emotion. (April 16, 2014)

Running, Cardio Activities in Young Adulthood May Preserve Thinking Skills in Middle Age

MINNEAPOLIS – Young adults who run or participate in other cardio fitness activities may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age, according to a new study published in the April 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Middle age was defined as ages 43 to 55. (April 3, 2014)

Guideline: Medical Marijuana in Pill Form or Oral Spray May Ease Some MS Symptoms; Little Evidence Other Complementary or Alternative Therapies Work

MINNEAPOLIS – A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology suggests that there is little evidence that most complementary or alternative medicine therapies (CAM) treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the guideline states the CAM therapies oral cannabis, or medical marijuana pills, and oral medical marijuana spray may ease patients’ reported symptoms of spasticity, pain related to spasticity and frequent urination in multiple sclerosis (MS). The guideline, which is published in the March 25, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, states that there is not enough evidence to show whether smoking marijuana is helpful in treating MS symptoms. (April 3, 2014)

Study: Alzheimer’s Disease a Much Larger Cause of Death Than Reported

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may contribute to close to as many deaths in the United States as heart disease or cancer. The research is published in the March 5, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (March 6, 2014)

Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Found in Five California Children

PHILADELPHIA – UPDATE: The research study authors related that there are now between 20 and 25 reported, suspected cases of this polio-like syndrome. Researchers have identified a polio-like syndrome in a cluster of children from California over a one-year period, according to a case report released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014. (March 6, 2014)

How Well Do Football Helmets Protect Players from Concussions?

PHILADELPHIA – A new study finds that football helmets currently used on the field may do little to protect against hits to the side of the head, or rotational force, an often dangerous source of brain injury and encephalopathy. The study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014. (February 19, 2014)

Research Identifies How Pesticides May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

MINNEAPOLIS – New research shows how pesticides may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease and that people with certain gene variants may be more susceptible to the disease. The research is published in the February 4, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (February 7, 2014)

High Estrogen Levels, Diabetes Together May Increase Dementia Risk 14-Fold in Older Women

MINNEAPOLIS – Older women who have high estrogen levels and diabetes may have a 14 times increased risk of dementia, according to a new study published in the January 29, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (January 31, 2014)

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