Neurology in Profile

The human and financial toll of neurological disorders is increasing as the U.S. population ages. Here are some key data.

Study Adds to Evidence Linking Traumatic Brain Injury to Dementia Risk

Recently gathered data build on previous research associating traumatic brain injury (TBI) with development of dementia.

Trending Up: Addressing the Rising Prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease

Worldwide, cases of Parkinson’s disease are projected to double by 2040, according to recent research. Scientists who are investigating the causes of a disease they say is approaching pandemic proportions discuss ways to mitigate it.

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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists already know lack of sleep raises the level of beta-amyloid — a protein connected with Alzheimer’s disease — in mice. Now, they have determined that the loss of a single night of sleep rapidly increases beta-amyloid in humans as well....

Exercise Study Suggests New Approach to Slowing Parkinson’s

High-intensity treadmill exercise can be safely prescribed for patients with de novo Parkinson’s disease (PD) and may slow progression of some of the disease’s effects, according to a phase 2 clinical trial, the results of which were published in JAMA Neurology.

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Exercise Combats Mild Cognitive Impairment

A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) states that patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may gain better memory and thinking ability by exercising semiweekly.

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Findings on Physician-assisted Suicide Suggest Need to Address Depression in MS Patients

A survey of people with multiple sclerosis reveals significant interest in physician-assisted suicide — findings that highlight the value of dealing with mental health issues among this population, according to researchers.

Link between ALS, Schizophrenia May Spur New Paths of Research

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and schizophrenia share genetic origins, according to recent research published in Nature Communications. That finding has the potential to change how neurological and psychiatric diseases are studied and furthers hopes of curing both conditions.

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Treatment Restores Movement to Mouse Models of MS

By teaching T cells not to attack neurons’ myelin sheath, University of Maryland researchers believe they could be on a path toward improved approaches to diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

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Beta-amyloid Research Ignites Treatment Hopes for Alzheimer’s Disease

Results of a phase 1b clinical trial published in Nature reveal scientists may be one step closer to finding a treatment that safely impedes the biological progression of Alzheimer’s disease.