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(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include seafood consumption and Alzheimer's disease, transcranial stimulation for tinnitus, long-term use of marijuana and cognition, and mobile texts for medication adherence
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

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By Christian Jarrett The famous studies of London’s taxi drivers – showing they have larger hippocampi (the comma-shaped brain structure in the temporal lobes) than controls – have become a staple of undergrad psychology courses and a classic example of how your brain changes according to what you do with it. Many other studies have also implied an association between hippocampal size and navigational ability – for instance, people with Alzheimer’s, who have lost neurons in this brain structure, tend to experience problems finding their way around. For some time, then, an obvious, though tenta...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain Source Type: blogs
The agency on Tuesday said in a statement that plasma infusions from young people provide "no proven clinical benefit" against normal aging, Alzheimer's or a host of other diseases.
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news
In conclusion, there is much to explore with post-mortem MRI and histology studies, which can eventually be of high relevance for clinical pra ctice.
Source: Neuroscience Bulletin - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
This study shows that it seems that mental activity is as important as physical activity to preserve or increase the chances of healthy aging.” Similar studies that have looked at the link between physical or mental activity and dementia have not usually included as long an observation period as the new analysis does. Most of those studies also start with people who were much older and who were potentially already affected by different types of dementia. In her analysis, Najar adjusted for the fact that some of the women in the study might already be experiencing early signs of dementia. She also found that exercise ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Brain Source Type: news
ConclusionsInitial results of DBS studies for diverse neurological disorders are encouraging but larger, controlled, prospective, homogeneous clinical trials are necessary to establish long term safety and effectiveness. The field of neuromodulation continues to evolve and advances in DBS technology, stereotactic techniques, neuroimaging, and DBS programming capabilities are shaping the present and future of DBS research and use in practice.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: European Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Reviews Source Type: research
Conclusions Treatment with benzodiazepines and non-opioid analgesics was more frequent in the tinnitus group, whereas the VMH group showed a higher prevalence of hearing loss and treatment with acetylsalicylic acid. The causes of VMH were dementia with Lewy bodies, Alzheimer disease, and focal lesions in the mesencephalon, pons, left temporal lobe, or left claustrum.
Source: Neurologia - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusions:This is the first case study to report the clinical and neuropathological features of SIS. Larger autopsy samples are needed to systematically identify clinicopathological correlates of SIS to facilitate research on risk factors and preventative strategies (e.g., return-to-play guidelines) to prevent unnecessary fatalities in young athletes.Study Supported by: This work was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (1U01NS086659-01, U01NS093334, R01NS078337, R56NS078337), Department of Defense (W81XWH-13-2-0064), Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Affairs Biorepository (...
Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Neuro Trauma and Sports Neurology II Source Type: research
This article does not include any meta-analysis and aims simply at providing a comprehensive overview of the raw data reported in this field to date, as an aid to researchers.
Source: Neurophysiologie Clinique - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Diminished hearing can quickly isolate a person. It ’s exhausting to focus on the minutia of a conversation just to ensure processing the important points. It takes concentration, focus and considerable energy!By Elaine C PereiraAlzheimer's Reading RoomMy mother, Elizabeth Ward whose story is profiled in my memoirI Will Never Forget, died from Alzheimer ’s in 2011.If the ravages of brain cell gobbling Alzheimer ’s Disease weren’t enough, she was also stone deaf from Meniere’s Disease.How to Listen to an Alzheimer's PatientSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Meniere ’s is a dis...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care caring for dementia patients at home dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving health HEARING LOSS help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs
If you're one of the more than 20 million Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), your doctor has probably told you there isn't much they can do for you. Mainstream medicine doesn't have a cure for CKD. What they do have is a lot of drugs to treat the symptoms of it. And most of the drugs will leave you worse off than before you started taking them… Like ESAs, which are prescribed to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. These dangerous drugs can cause strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and seizures. And if your kidneys fail, your only options are dialysis or a kidney transplant...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news
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