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Brain Injuries, Head Injuries, Neurological, Scalp, Skull, Brain, TBI, Concussion, Concussion Prevention, Brain Swelling, Symptoms, Severe Headache, Convulsions

Protect the Head and Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

Regularly participating in activities, like sports, can increase the risk of head injury. Physical blows to the head, even mild ones, can be common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Dr. Todd Trask, neurosurgeon at the Methodist Neurological Institute, cautions those who participate in activities where head injuries are a possibility, and offers tips on how to protect the head and prevent injuries. (Note: March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.)

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Why Surprises Temporarily Blind Us

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New research from Vanderbilt University reveals for the first time how our brains coordinate two different types of attention and why we may be temporarily blinded by surprises.

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Smoking, Cigarettes, AAN, American Academy Of Neurology, Neurology Journal, Journal Neurology, Nicotine

Years of Smoking Associated with Lower Parkinson’s Risk, Not Number of Cigarettes Per Day

Researchers have new insight into the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and smoking. Several studies have shown that smokers have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. A new study published in the March 10, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that smoking for a greater number of years may reduce the risk of the disease, but smoking a larger number of cigarettes per day may not reduce the risk.

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Sleep, Sleep Awareness, Sleep Disorders, Daylight Saving Time, Neurology, Sleep Center, Sleep Labs

Daylight-Saving Time Switch May Leave You Sleepy, Physician Says

Many Americans will lose an hour of sleep on March 14, the first day of daylight-saving time—making it harder to wake up, causing difficulty in staying alert and increasing the chance of sleepy-driving car crashes. However, this is not the only time when the amount of sleep should be of concern because many aspects of health are related to sleep. Read on for more information.

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Psychatric Disorder, Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, Wake Forest University, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NMSIS, Travel Scholarship, Antipsychotic Drugs, Antipsychotic Medication, Janssen

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Scholarship Winners

Two winners have been selected for the Promising New Investigators Travel Scholarship Awards given annually by the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service (NMSIS).

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hypothermia for stroke, Therapeutic Hypothermia, brain cooling, ICTuS 2, Innercool

Multicenter NIH Clinical Trial Will Study Potential Benefits of Brain Cooling After a Stroke

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and UTHealth’s Medical School will collaborate on the largest clinical trial of hypothermia (brain cooling) for stroke to date. The ICTuS 2 study (Intravascular Cooling for Acute Stroke) will be led by overall principal investigator Patrick D. Lyden, M.D., former director of the UC San Diego Stroke Center and currently chairman of the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai.

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Stroke, Warfarin, tPA, Hemorrhage

Warfarin Users Appear More Likely to Develop Brain Bleeding Following Stroke Treatment

Patients already taking warfarin who develop an acute stroke appear more likely to experience a brain hemorrhage following treatment with an intravenous clot-dissolving medication, even if their blood clotting function appears normal, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the May print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Neurology, Neurooncology

Articles Highlight Challenges, Progress in Nervous System Cancers

Many important clinical and basic scientific advances have been made in the past five years in the field of neuro-oncology, according to an editorial and several articles in the March issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Neuroscience, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology

New Frontiers: The Nanoscience/Neuroscience Intersection

In a far-reaching dialogue, three pioneering researchers -- Nicholas Spitzer, Kwabena Boahen and Hongkun Park -- discuss the synergy between nanoscience and neuroscience, what it means for the future, and how it is driving current research.

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Shingles, American Academy Of Neurology, Journal Neurology, Neurology, Neurology Journal, Stroke

Ocular Shingles Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

Having a shingles infection that affects the eyes may increase the risk of stroke, according to new research published in the March 3, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.







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