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An official bi-monthly publication of the American Academy of Neurology, and published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Neurology Now® features new information about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic diseases.

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Breaking News from the American Academy of Neurology

Free Brain Health Fair Comes to Boston Friday, April 21

Are you interested in learning about brain health? People of all ages are sure to discover something new at the Brain Health Fair, presented by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). This free, one-day-only event includes fun, hands-on activities, and connects the public with some of the best and brightest neurologists in the world to learn the latest advances in the treatment of neurologic disorders. (February 16, 2017)

Study: Hormone Therapy May Not Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

The latest study on hormone therapy and Alzheimer’s disease shows no relationship between taking the drugs and whether you may develop the disease years later. Some previous studies have shown that hormone therapy may increase the risk of the disease, while others have shown that it may reduce the risk. The new study was published in the February 15, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (February 16, 2017)

Blood Test May Help Differentiate Parkinson’s from Similar Diseases

A simple blood test may be as accurate as a spinal fluid test when trying to determine whether symptoms are caused by Parkinson’s disease or another atypical parkinsonism disorder, according to a new study published in the February 8, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (February 10, 2017)

Soccer Players with More Headers More Likely to Have Concussion Symptoms

Soccer players who head the ball a lot are three times more likely to have concussion symptoms than players who don’t head the ball often, according to a new study published in the February 1, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (February 2, 2017)

Mapping Brain in Preemies May Predict Later Disability

Scanning a premature infant’s brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of lesions, small areas of injury in the brain’s white matter, may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later, according to a new study published in the January 18, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (January 19, 2017)

New Guideline on How to Map Brain Prior to Epilepsy Surgery

Before epilepsy surgery, doctors may consider using brain imaging to locate language and memory functions in the brain instead of the more invasive procedure that is commonly used, according to a guideline published by the American Academy of Neurology in the January 11, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. It is the first evidence-based guideline that systematically reviewed all evidence for such an evaluation. (January 13, 2017)

Mediterranean Diet May Have Lasting Effects on Brain Health

A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study is published in the January 4, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain. (January 5, 2017)

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