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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

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)

Could Fixing the Body Clock Help People Regain Consciousness?

For people with severe brain injuries, researchers have found that the rhythm of daily fluctuations in body temperature is related to their level of consciousness, according to a preliminary study published in the April 19, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (April 20, 2017)

150-year-old Drug May Provide ‘Off’ Time Relief for People with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

New research provides evidence that an old drug may provide relief for people with advanced Parkinson’s, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. (April 20, 2017)

Activist Maria Shriver Shares Her Story at Free Brain Health Fair This Friday

Maria Shriver, journalist, activist, author, former First Lady of California, and the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, will be a special guest speaker at the 2017 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. (April 19, 2017)

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