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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    19-Sep-2018 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 700611

People Who Walk Just 35 Minutes a Day May Have Less Severe Strokes

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People who participate in light to moderate physical activity, such as walking at least four hours a week or swimming two to three hours a week, may have less severe strokes than people who are physically inactive, according to a study published in the September 19, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Article ID: 700218

Contrary to Popular Belief, ALS Does Affect the Mind

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

It’s known as the disease that attacks the body but leaves the mind unaffected. But a new study shows that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, does affect the mind, especially later in the disease. The study is published in the September 12, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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7-Sep-2018 4:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699959

Nerve Pain in the Legs? Medical Marijuana May Alter Brain Connections, Bring Relief

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When medical marijuana is taken for chronic nerve pain, it may provide pain relief by reducing connections between the areas of the brain that process emotions and sensory signals, according to a study published in the September 5, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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4-Sep-2018 3:10 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699540

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Drug May Be Effective If Started Later Than Previously Shown

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A drug shown to be effective in the treatment of babies with the rare muscle-wasting disease spinal muscular atrophy may be effective for muscle control even when treatment is started in children seven months and older, according to a study published in the August 29, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Previous studies focused on children younger than seven months old.

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24-Aug-2018 3:05 PM EDT
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    22-Aug-2018 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 699192

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation May Help Treat Symptoms of Rare Movement Disorders

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Electrical stimulation of the brain and spinal cord may help treat the symptoms of rare movement disorders called neurodegenerative ataxias, according to a study published in the August 22, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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17-Aug-2018 4:40 PM EDT

Article ID: 699087

Study: The Eyes May Have It, an Early Sign of Parkinson’s Disease

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The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson’s disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of such brain cells. The study is published in the August 15, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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16-Aug-2018 11:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698568

New Guideline Released for Managing Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

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Accurate Diagnosis and Proper Management Could Improve Outcomes

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3-Aug-2018 4:15 PM EDT
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Article ID: 698118

Pregnant with Epilepsy? Folic Acid May Prevent Language Delays for Baby

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Women who take epilepsy drugs while they are pregnant may have a lower risk of having a child with delays in language skills if they take folic acid supplements before and early in pregnancy, according to a study published in the August 1, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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26-Jul-2018 3:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697685

Feel Lightheaded When Standing Up? You May Have a Greater Risk of Dementia

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People who feel faint, dizzy or lightheaded when standing up may be experiencing a sudden drop in blood pressure called orthostatic hypotension. Now a new study says middle-aged people who experience such a drop may have a greater risk of developing dementia or stroke decades later. The study is published in the July 25, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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19-Jul-2018 4:35 PM EDT

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