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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.

24-Jan-2020 6:25 PM EST
Study: Antioxidant Flavonol Linked to Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who eat or drink more foods with the antioxidant flavonol, which is found in nearly all fruits and vegetables as well as tea, may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s dementia years later, according to a study published in the January 29, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Study: Young Black, Latino People Fare Better than White People After Bleeding Stroke
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Does race play a role in how well someone recovers after stroke? New research focused on younger people who have had a hemorrhagic stroke found that young black and Latino people may be less likely than young white people to be disabled or even die within three months after a stroke. The new study is published in the January 22, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

10-Jan-2020 3:15 PM EST
Study: MS Drug Costs Nearly Triple over Seven Years, Even with Introduction of Generic
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The cost of prescriptions for multiple sclerosis (MS) drugs nearly tripled over seven years, and the introduction of a generic version of one of the most common drugs had little overall effect on prices, according to a study published in the January 15, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

6-Jan-2020 3:55 PM EST
Sleep Deprived? Study Finds Losing a Night of Sleep May Increase Alzheimer’s Biomarker
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A preliminary study has found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau, a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease, in their blood than when they had a full, uninterrupted night of rest. The study is published in the January 8, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

27-Dec-2019 1:30 PM EST
What Comes First, Beta-Amyloid Plaques or Thinking and Memory Problems?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The scientific community has long believed that beta-amyloid, a protein that can clump together and form sticky plaques in the brain, is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Beta-amyloid then leads to other brain changes including neurodegeneration and eventually to thinking and memory problems. But a new study challenges that theory. The study suggests that subtle thinking and memory differences may come before, or happen alongside, the development of amyloid plaques that can be detected in the brain. The study is published in the December 30, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

15-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
Obesity, but Not Poor Diet and Inactivity, Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A large study that followed more than one million women for nearly two decades has found that obesity in midlife is linked to a greater risk of dementia later in life; however, poor diet and lack of exercise are not. The study is published in the December 18, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

6-Dec-2019 4:40 PM EST
Take Long Naps? Sleep More Than Nine Hours a Night? Your Stroke Risk May Be Higher
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who take long naps during the day or sleep nine or more hours at night may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study published in the December 11, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

3-Dec-2019 11:30 AM EST
For Concussion, MS, Other Neurologic Disorders, Telemedicine May Be as Effective as Office Visit
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

For people with many neurologic disorders, seeing the neurologist by video may be as effective as an in-person visit, according to a review of the evidence conducted by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The evidence review examined all available studies on use of telemedicine for several neurologic conditions – stroke being one of the conditions that is well-validated and highly utilizes telemedicine – and is published in the December 4, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the AAN. The results indicate that a diagnosis from a neurologist by video for certain neurologic conditions is likely to be as accurate as an in-person visit.

22-Nov-2019 11:05 PM EST
Beware of Swimming if You Use Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Researchers have identified nine cases of people who lost their ability to swim after having a deep brain stimulation device implanted to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The new research is published in the November 27, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. All nine people had been good swimmers even after their Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. But once they had deep brain stimulation surgery, researchers found while other movement symptoms improved, their swimming skills deteriorated.

14-Nov-2019 5:05 PM EST
Ultrasound Treatment for Essential Tremor May Be Effective up to Three Years Later
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with tremors in their hands, head or voice may find some relief for up to three years from a treatment using ultrasound waves to destroy the area of the brain causing the tremor, according to a study published in the November 20, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The treatment is used for people whose tremors do not improve with medication.

11-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
People Who Cannot Read May Be Three Times as Likely to Develop Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

New research has found that people who are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write, may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write. The study is published in the November 13, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

31-Oct-2019 10:05 PM EDT
Trouble Sleeping? Insomnia Symptoms Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People who have trouble sleeping may be more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or other cerebrovascular or cardiovascular diseases, according to a study published in the November 6, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

25-Oct-2019 9:35 AM EDT
How Will Your Thinking and Memory Change with Age?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

How well eight-year-olds score on a test of thinking skills may be a predictor of how they will perform on tests of thinking and memory skills when they are 70 years old, according to a study published in the October 30, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that education level and socioeconomic status were also predictors of thinking and memory performance. Socioeconomic status was determined by people’s occupation at age 53.

11-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Brain Injury from Concussion May Linger Longer than One Year After Return to Play
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

How long does it take an athlete to recover from a concussion? New research has found an athlete’s brain may still not be fully recovered one year after being allowed to return to play. The study is published in the October 16, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

4-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Should Scores on Mild Cognitive Impairment Tests be Adjusted for Sex?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Using sex-specific scores on memory tests may change who gets diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by 20 percent, with possibly more women and fewer men being diagnosed, according to a study published in the October 9, 2019, online issue of Neurology®

30-Sep-2019 9:05 AM EDT
Drops in Income May Not Only Hurt the Wallet, They May Harm the Brain
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Young adults who experience annual income drops of 25 percent or more may be more at risk of having thinking problems and reduced brain health in middle age, according to a study published in the October 2, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

19-Sep-2019 3:50 PM EDT
Does Migraine Leave Your Head Spinning? Non-invasive Treatment Shows Early Promise
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

There may be some good news for people with vestibular migraine, a type of migraine that causes vertigo and dizziness with or without headache pain. A small, preliminary study suggests that non-invasive nerve stimulation may show promise as a treatment for vestibular migraine attacks, a condition for which there are currently no approved treatments. The study is published in the September 25, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

13-Sep-2019 2:45 PM EDT
AAN Recommends People 65+ Be Screened Yearly for Memory Problems
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with mild cognitive impairment have thinking and memory problems but usually do not know it because such problems are not severe enough to affect their daily activities. Yet mild cognitive impairment can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.


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