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Friday, February 27, 2015

SuperAger Brains Distinctly Different Than Those of Peers

In a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine compared so-called “SuperAger” brains (people age 80 and older who have memories as sharp as people 30 years younger …
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Epigenetic Tools Could Rewrite Our Understanding of Memory and More

During the past decade, advances in research have made clear that epigenetic mechanisms play a particular active role in the brain. For example, scientists have discovered that it is impossible to form and store new memories without epigenetic tags. …
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sleeping on Stomach May Increase Risk of Sudden Death in Epilepsy

In a recent study published in the journal Neurology, researchers from the University of Chicago found that stomach sleepers with epilepsy may be at a higher risk for sudden unexpected death, drawing parallels to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). “ …
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Certain Forms of Birth Control May Promote Brain-tumor Growth

In a recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers from Odense University Hospital and the University of Denmark found that women taking hormonal contraceptives — those containing estrogen, progestin or combination …
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Similar Outcomes with Surgical or Nonsurgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

In a report recently published in the journal Spine, long-term outcomes for patients with spinal stenosis are comparable with surgery or conservative treatment. Although earlier reports suggest the advantages of surgery, the updated analysis finds no …
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Tackle Football Before Age 12 Increases Risk of Memory, Thinking Problems

According to a recent study published in the journal Neurology, former NFL players who participated in tackle football before the age of 12 were more likely to have memory and thinking problems in adulthood. During the study, researchers tested 42 former …
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Aspirin Overused for Primary Prevention of Stroke, Cardiovascular Events

According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, aspirin is too often used to prevent stroke and other cardiovascular risks in people for whom guidelines suggest no benefit. The study, which examined a national registry …
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Facial Motion Activates a Dedicated Network Within the Brain

Scientists know that two particularly social and visual creatures — humans and rhesus macaque monkeys — have a network of small areas within their brains that become active when shown still images of faces. However, it hasn’t been clear if the …
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Psychosis, Gray-matter Loss and the Inflamed Brain

A long-term MRE study of individuals showing gradual symptoms of psychosis has illustrated a peculiar loss of gray matter in the frontal lobe. This draws further questions regarding the origin of this condition, according to research conducted by Yale …
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rheumatologic Diseases Initially Look Like Neurological Disorders

According to a recent report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, lupus and other rheumatologic diseases can initially present as neurological disorders, such as headaches and seizures, thus delaying diagnosis for many …
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