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Breaking News from the American Academy of Neurology

Higher Levels of Biomarker Linked to Increased Stroke Risk for Women

Women with elevated levels of a protein in their blood may be at a higher risk of ischemic stroke, according to a study published in the May 10, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The new research comes in time for Stroke Awareness Month in May. (May 11, 2017)

New Guideline: Ask About Body Cooling for Loved Ones After Cardiac Arrest

Cooling down the body may reduce brain injury for people in a coma after being revived from cardiac arrest, according to a new guideline developed by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and published in the May 10, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The guideline recommends that families ask if their loved one qualifies for the procedure. The guideline is endorsed by the Neurocritical Care Society. (May 11, 2017)

Gene Mutation May Speed Up Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease

A gene mutation may accelerate the loss of memory and thinking skills in people who are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the May 3, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The gene mutation is called the BDNF Val66Met allele, or just the Met allele. (May 4, 2017)

Could Parkinson’s Disease Start in the Gut?

Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve, according to a study published in the April 26, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The vagus nerve extends from the brainstem to the abdomen and controls unconscious body processes like heart rate and food digestion. (April 27, 2017)

New Guideline Published on Uncommon Risk of Death in Epilepsy

There is an uncommon risk of death that people with epilepsy and their loved ones may not know about. The risk is called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP. Now the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society have co-developed a new guideline on SUDEP, published in the April 24, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, and presented at the 69th AAN Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. The guideline is endorsed by the International Child Neurology Association. (April 25, 2017)

2017 Neuro Film Festival Grand Prize Winners Announced

The Neuro Film Festival, presented by the American Academy of Neurology, announced today the Grand Prize winners of its 8th annual online video contest. The festival encourages those affected by a brain disease to share their story, aims to raise awareness for the need to support neurologic research, and hopes to inspire more people to pursue careers in neuroscience. (April 24, 2017)

Preliminary Study Suggests Possible New Treatment for MS

A small, preliminary study may show promise of a new type of treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Results from the first six people enrolled in the phase 1 study, a study designed to enroll 10 people, are being presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. (April 21, 2017)

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