Breaking News from the American Academy of Neurology

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

(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)

Can Bariatric Surgery Lead to Severe Headache?

MINNEAPOLIS – Bariatric surgery may be a risk factor for a condition that causes severe headaches, according to a study published in the October 22, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (October 22, 2014)

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