Breaking News from the American Academy of Neurology

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)

Participating in Online Health Community May Help People Manage Epilepsy

MINNEAPOLIS – Participating in an online patient community may help people with epilepsy better manage the disease, according to a study published in the June 17, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (June 18, 2015)

Keeping Mind, Body Active May Not Protect Against Underlying Signs of Alzheimer’s

MINNEAPOLIS – While participating in physical activities such as bike riding, dancing, walking and gardening and mentally stimulating activities such as crosswords and reading may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, they may not do so by affecting the underlying markers for the disease, according to a study published in the June 10, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (June 16, 2015)

Study: Vitamin B May Not Reduce Risk of Memory Loss

MINNEAPOLIS – Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements may not reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems after all, according to a new study published in the November 12, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study is one of the largest to date to test long-term use of supplements and thinking and memory skills. (November 14, 2014)

More Evidence Arthritis/Pain Relieving Drugs May Contribute to Stroke Death

MINNEAPOLIS – Commonly prescribed, older drugs for arthritis and pain may increase the risk of death from stroke, according to a study published in the November 5, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (November 5, 2014)

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