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Moving More in Old Age May Be Linked to Sharper Memory

Older adults who move more, either with daily exercise or even simple routine physical activity like housework, may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions or biomarkers linked to dementia, according to a study published in the January 16, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of […]

Study: Excessive Body Fat Around the Middle Linked to Smaller Brain Size

Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to a study published in the January 9, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers determined obesity by measuring body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio in study participants […]

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AAN Calls for Uniformity of Brain Death Determination

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is calling for uniform brain death laws, policies and practices in a new position statement published in the January 2, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The position statement is endorsed by the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society. […]

Kicking, Yelling During Sleep? Study Finds Risk Factors for Violent Sleep Disorder

Taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, according to a study published in the December 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

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Press Room Registration Is Open for 2019 AAN Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for journalists planning to attend the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019. The AAN Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of neurologists who come together to share the latest advances in neurologic research. Over 14,000 neurology professionals and meeting […]

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In Just Six Months, Exercise May Help Those with Thinking Problems

Getting the heart pumping with aerobic exercise, like walking or cycling for 35 minutes three times a week, may improve thinking skills in older adults with cognitive impairments, according to a study published in the December 19, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. After six months of […]

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Risk of Dementia Increased Among Female Veterans with TBI, PTSD, Depression

Female military veterans who have traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression long after their service may be more likely to later develop dementia than female veterans without those conditions, according to a study published in the December 12, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Previous […]

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People with Dystonia and Spasticity May Become Immune to Botulinum Toxin Treatment

People with disorders that cause muscle tightness and contractions can get relief from treatment with botulinum toxin. But a new study shows that about 15 percent of people treated with botulinum toxin type A for dystonia or spasticity can develop an immune response to the treatment itself, which can make the treatment less effective or […]

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October 23 2018 Issue

1. Featured Article: “‘Is there a neurologist on this flight?’ An update” 2. What’s Trending: paraneoplastic neuronal intermediate filament autoimmunity Dr. Jason Crowell talks with Dr. Joseph Sirven about his NCP paper entitled “‘Is there a neurologist on this flight?’ An update.” In the second part of the podcast, Dr. Stacey Clardy focuses her interview […]

Primary angiitis of the CNS and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome: A comparative study

1. Featured Article: Primary angiitis of the CNS and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome: A comparative study 2. What’s Trending: Cannabis and chronic neuropathic pain Dr. Andy Southerland talks with Dr. Anne Ducros about her paper on primary angiitis of the CNS and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. In the second part of the podcast, Dr. Heather […]

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