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27-Mar-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Study: Therapy by Phone Is Effective for Depression in People with Parkinson’s
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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.


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