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17-Sep-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Study Discovers Multiple Unapproved Drugs in “Brain Boosting” Supplements
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Supplements that claim to improve mental focus and memory may contain unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and in potentially dangerous combinations and doses, according to a new study published in the September 23, 2020, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers found five such drugs not approved in the United States in the supplements they examined. The supplements are sometimes called “nootropics,” “smart drugs” or “cognitive enhancers.”

10-Sep-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Could Monitoring Blood Pressure Help Reduce Falls for People with Parkinson’s?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with Parkinson’s disease are more likely than people of a similar age without the disease to have a sudden drop in blood pressure upon standing, a phenomenon called orthostatic hypotension, according to a new study published in the September 16, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The drop in blood pressure can lead to dizziness, lightheadedness, and even loss of consciousness and falls.

10-Sep-2020 5:00 PM EDT
Beyond Plaques and Tangles: Genetic Variation May Increase Risk of Cognitive Decline
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A genetic variation in some people may be associated with cognitive decline that can’t be explained by deposits of two key proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid β and tau, according to a study published in the September 16, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The genetic variation leads to alterations in the metabolism of glutathione, an antioxidant, and may be associated with thinning of the cortex of the brain, the study says. The variation is found on the sixth chromosome.

3-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
From Pee Wee to NCAA, Does Football Early in Life Affect Concussion Recovery Later?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new study of NCAA football players has found that the age they first started playing tackle football may not affect their recovery after a concussion. The study is published in the September 9, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

31-Aug-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Kidney Problems as a Young Adult May Affect Thinking Skills in Midlife
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

If you have moderate-to-high risk of kidney failure as a young adult, you may be at risk for worse cognitive function in middle age, according to a study published in the September 2, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

31-Aug-2020 5:50 PM EDT
Common Drugs Tied to Increased Risk of Cognitive Decline
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A class of drugs used for many conditions, including allergies, colds, high blood pressure and depression, may be associated with an increased risk of developing mild thinking and memory problems, particularly in people who have genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease or markers of this condition, according to a study published in the September 2, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

21-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
What Is Cerebral Venous Thrombosis? Study Finds Blood Clot Condition on the Rise
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the veins in the brain, preventing blood from draining out of the brain. A new analysis has found that the incidence of CVT in the United States is higher than previously reported and has increased over time. The study is published in the August 26, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found the increase occurred mainly in men and older women. Consistent with prior data, the incidence of CVT remained highest in younger women and it did not increase across the study. Researchers also found the incidence of CVT in Black people is higher than in people of other racial and ethnic groups.

14-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Can a Healthy Diet Reduce Risk of Parkinson’s?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

While movement problems are the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, people with the disease often have non-motor symptoms such as constipation, daytime sleepiness and depression 10 or more years before the movement problems start. A new study suggests that eating a healthy diet in middle age may be linked to having fewer of these preceding symptoms. The study is published in the August 19, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

14-Aug-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Is Risk of Alzheimer’s Linked to Specific Sleep Patterns?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Disturbed sleep patterns do not cause Alzheimer’s disease but people who are at high genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may be more likely to be a “morning person,” have shorter sleep duration and other measures of sleep disturbance and are less likely to have insomnia. The study is published in the August 19, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 6-Aug-2020 4:00 PM EDT
People Who Feel Dizzy When They Stand Up May Have Higher Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Some people who feel dizzy or lightheaded when they stand up may have an increased risk of developing dementia years later, according to a new study published in the August 12, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The condition, called orthostatic hypotension, occurs when people experience a sudden drop in blood pressure when they stand up.

31-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Vitamin D Twice a Day May Keep Vertigo Away
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Taking vitamin D and calcium twice a day may reduce your chances of getting vertigo again, according to a study published in the August 5, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 31-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Education May Be Protective for People with Gene for Familial Early Onset Alzheimer’s
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Even for people who carry the gene for early onset Alzheimer’s disease, more years of education may slow the development of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain that are associated with the disease, according to a new study published in the August 5, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

24-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Are Your Gums Saying Something About Your Dementia Risk?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Gum disease, especially the kind that is irreversible and causes tooth loss, may be associated with mild cognitive impairment and dementia 20 years later, according to a study published in the July 29, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

28-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Should You Really Be Behind the Wheel After Concussion?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Even after all of their symptoms are gone, people who have had a concussion take longer to regain complex reaction times, the kind you need in most real-life driving situations on the road, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Virtual Conference from July 31 to August 1, 2020.

20-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
What Factors Help Predict Who Will Keep Their Memory into Their 90s?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Why do some people stay sharp into their 90s, even if they have the amyloid plaques in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease? And why do others reach their 90s without ever developing any plaques? These questions are explored in a new study published in the July 22, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

10-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Midlife Thinking Skills May Suffer from High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Smoking
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

You can modify the risk factors that a new study has found may lead to the steepest declines in thinking skills in middle age. The study is published in the July 15, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. At the same time, the risk factors that were not associated with cognitive decline might surprise you.

10-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Does Eating Fish Protect Our Brains from Air Pollution?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Older women who eat more than one to two servings a week of baked or broiled fish or shellfish may consume enough omega-3 fatty acids to counteract the effects of air pollution on the brain, according to a new study published in the July 15, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

7-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Simple Blood Test May Predict Concussion Severity Just as Well as Spinal Tap
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A blood biomarker in people who have had concussions may be just as accurate at predicting the severity of the injury and how long it will last as biomarkers that are obtained through more expensive and invasive tests, according to a study published in the July 8, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

26-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Study: Fever-Associated Seizures After Vaccination Do Not Affect Development, Behavior
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Now a new study has found there is no difference in developmental and behavioral outcomes for children who have febrile seizures after vaccination, children who have febrile seizures not associated with vaccination and children who have never had a seizure. The new study is published in the July 1, 2020 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Febrile seizures are also known as febrile convulsions.

26-Jun-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Does Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Increase Risk of Dementia?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

There’s good news for people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study shows that deep brain stimulation may not increase the risk of developing dementia. The study is published in the July 1, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

19-Jun-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Why Do More Women Have Alzheimer’s than Men? It’s Not Just from Living Longer
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Middle-aged women are more likely than men to have changes in the brain related to Alzheimer’s disease, as detected by imaging, even when there are no differences in thinking and memory. This may be associated with hormonal changes due to menopause, specifically the loss of estrogen, according to a study published in the June 24, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

15-Jun-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Even Without Concussion, Athletes in Contact Sports May Have Brain Changes
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Female college rugby players may have subtle brain changes even if they haven’t had a recent concussion, according to a new study published in the June 17, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

5-Jun-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Treatment Gap Between Men and Women for Stroke May Have Narrowed
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

While studies in the early 2000s showed that women were 30% less likely to receive clot-busting treatment for a stroke than men, a new analysis of recent studies found that the gap has narrowed to 13%, according to a meta-analysis published in the June 10, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

3-Jun-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Does Using Marijuana Affect a Person’s Risk of Stroke?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The jury’s still out on whether the use of marijuana may increase the risk of stroke. While several larger studies have found an increased risk, other studies have found no such increased risk. Adding to the debate is a new study that looked at recent marijuana use and risk of ischemic stroke published in the June 3, 2020, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice.

22-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Biomarkers May Help Us Understand Recovery Time After Concussion
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A blood test may help researchers understand which people may take years to recover from concussion, according to a study published in the May 27, 2020 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study looked at a biomarker called neurofilament light chain, a nerve protein that can be detected in the blood when nerve cells are injured or die.

19-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Blood Test May Help Predict Whose MS Will Get Worse
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A blood test may help predict which people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will get worse during the following year, according to a study published in the May 20, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

1-May-2020 1:10 PM EDT
For Better Migraine Treatment, Try Adding Some Downward Dogs
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone, according to a study published in the May 6, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The new research suggests yoga may help people with migraines have headaches that happen less often, don’t last as long and are less painful. EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 4 P.M. ET, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020 Media Contacts: Renee Tessman, rtessman@aan.com, (612) 928-6137 M.A. Rosko, mrosko@aan.com, (612) 928-6169 For Better Migraine Treatment, Try Adding Some Downward Dogs MINNEAPOLIS - Adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone, according to a study published in the May 6, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The new research suggests yoga may help people with migraines have headaches that happen less often, don’t last as long and are less pain

Released: 30-Apr-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Announcing the American Academy of Neurology 2020 Research Program Recipients
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest association of neurologists, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 AAN Research Program. This year’s program has awarded more than $3 million toward neuroscience research and training.

Released: 29-Apr-2020 4:35 PM EDT
AAN Updates Recommendation on Closure of Common Heart Defect After Stroke
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

New guidance from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) concludes that closure of a common heart defect called a patent foramen ovale (PFO) may be recommended for some people who have had a stroke. The updated practice advisory is published in the April 29, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

20-Apr-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Which Foods Do You Eat Together? How You Combine Them May Raise Dementia Risk
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

It’s no secret that a healthy diet may benefit the brain. However, it may not only be what foods you eat, but what foods you eat together that may be associated with your risk of dementia, according to a new study published in the April 22, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

14-Apr-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Could High Blood Pressure at Night Have an Effect on Your Brain?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Most people’s blood pressure goes down during the night, which doctors call “dipping.” But for some people, especially those with high blood pressure, their nighttime pressure stays the same or even goes up, called “reverse dipping.” A new study shows that people with high blood pressure and reverse dipping may be more likely to have small areas in the brain that appear damaged from vascular disease and associated memory problems. The study is published in the April 15, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Does Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution Lead to a Steeper Rate of Cognitive Decline?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who live in urban areas with higher levels of air pollution may score lower on thinking and memory tests and may also lose cognitive skills faster over time, or it is possible they also may not, according to a study published in the April 8, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

6-Apr-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Does Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution Lead to a Steeper Rate of Cognitive Decline?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who live in urban areas with higher levels of air pollution may score lower on thinking and memory tests and may also lose cognitive skills faster over time, or it is possible they also may not, according to a study published in the April 8, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers examined the association of air pollution levels and cognitive impairment and decline in participants in two large epidemiological studies. They found an association between the air pollution and cognitive decline in one study group but not in the other.

27-Mar-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Study: Therapy by Phone Is Effective for Depression in People with Parkinson’s
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Depression is common in people with Parkinson’s disease and contributes to faster physical and mental decline, but it is often overlooked and undertreated. The good news is that participating in cognitive-behavioral therapy by telephone may be effective in reducing depression symptoms for people with Parkinson’s, according to a study published in the April 1, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

23-Mar-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Study: An Aspirin a Day Does Not Keep Dementia at Bay
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Taking a low-dose aspirin once a day does not reduce the risk of thinking and memory problems caused by mild cognitive impairment or probable Alzheimer’s disease, nor does it slow the rate of cognitive decline, according to a large study published in the March 25, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

16-Mar-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Overlooked Caregivers? Children, Teens Help Care for Parents with ALS
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Children and teens with family members with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, help with bathing, dressing, eating and all types of caregiving activities, yet they may not have training or enough information about the disease, according to a study published in the March 18, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

6-Mar-2020 4:05 PM EST
Vision Problems May Be Common in People with Parkinson’s Disease
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Vision and eye problems like blurry vision, dry eyes, trouble with depth perception, and problems adjusting to rapid changes in light are much more common in people with Parkinson’s disease than in people without the disorder, according to a study published in the March 11, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found such problems can influence a person’s daily activities.

24-Feb-2020 11:10 AM EST
Walking, Gardening, Swimming, Dancing May Prevent Brain Shrinkage in Older Adults
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Older people who regularly walk, garden, swim or dance may have bigger brains than their inactive peers, according to a preliminary study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020. The effect of exercise was equal to four fewer years of brain aging.

24-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Can Boxing Improve Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s Disease?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with Parkinson’s disease who participate in a special, non-contact boxing program may have better quality of life and be more likely to exercise than those who do not participate, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

28-Feb-2020 6:25 PM EST
Study: Smartphone Users with Headache May Use More Medication and Find Less Relief
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with headache who use smartphones may be more likely to use more pain medication and find less relief when they do than people with headache who do not use smartphones, according to a preliminary study published in the March 4, 2020, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study does not prove that smartphone use causes greater use of pain medication and less relief; it only shows an association.

24-Feb-2020 10:50 AM EST
Researchers Find Gene Variants that May Increase Susceptibility to Alzheimer’s Proteins
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Researchers know that the protein tau develops into tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. But until now they have struggled to understand what factors make you more or less likely to develop these tangles. In a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020, researchers say that they have identified gene variants that are associated with a susceptibility to developing tau deposits in older age.

24-Feb-2020 10:55 AM EST
Can Light Therapy Help Improve Mood in People with Concussion?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with mild traumatic brain injury who are exposed to early morning blue light therapy may experience a decrease in depression and other concussion symptoms, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

24-Feb-2020 10:50 AM EST
Are Grandma, Grandpa Sleepy During the Day? They May Be at Risk for Diabetes, Cancer, More
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Older people who experience daytime sleepiness may be at risk of developing new medical conditions, including diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 5:20 PM EST
Eating a Vegetarian Diet Rich in Nuts, Vegetables, Soy Linked to Lower Stroke Risk
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who eat a vegetarian diet rich in nuts, vegetables and soy may have a lower risk of stroke than people who eat a diet that includes meat and fish, according to a study published in the February 26, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

24-Feb-2020 10:35 AM EST
Study Finds Artisanal CBD Not as Effective as Pharmaceutical CBD for Reducing Seizures
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD, according to a preliminary study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

24-Feb-2020 10:25 AM EST
Heart Health Problems in Your 20s May Affect Brain Health Decades Later
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Having health issues such as smoking, high cholesterol or a high body mass index (BMI) in your 20s may make you more likely to have problems with thinking and memory skills and even the brain’s ability to properly regulate its blood flow, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

24-Feb-2020 10:05 AM EST
Study Finds Picking up a Pingpong Paddle May Benefit People with Parkinson’s
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Pingpong may hold promise as a possible form of physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s who participated in a pingpong exercise program once a week for six months showed improvement in their Parkinson’s symptoms, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

14-Feb-2020 1:45 PM EST
As Out-of-Pocket Costs for Neurologic Medications Rise, People Less Likely to Take Them
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

As out-of-pocket costs go up for drugs for the neurologic disorders Alzheimer’s disease, peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson’s disease, people are less likely to take the drugs as often as their doctors prescribed, according to a study funded by the American Academy of Neurology and published in the February 19, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

10-Feb-2020 6:55 AM EST
Sleep Problems in Children, Teens with Autism Are Focus of New AAN Guideline
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

It is not uncommon for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder to struggle with sleep. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep or refusing to go to bed are just some of the sleep problems they can experience. To help families, neurologists and other healthcare providers make decisions on the best treatments, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has issued a new guideline for sleep problems in children and teens with autism, published in the February 12, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

31-Jan-2020 5:55 PM EST
People with Cluster Headaches May Miss Twice as Much Work as Those Without
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Cluster headaches are short but extremely painful headaches that can occur many days, or even weeks, in a row. Now a new study has found that people who have this debilitating form of headache may miss twice as many days of work as people without such headaches. The study is published in the February 5, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


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