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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Reduces Stroke Risk

Those at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) may have another treatment option. Doctors at the Stony Brook Heart Institute Electrophysiology Lab are using a new nonsurgical technique called the LARIAT Suture Delivery Device to treat patients …
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brain Tumor Treated Using Sound Waves

Researchers in Zurich, Switzerland have successfully used focused ultrasound for the first time to ablate part of a recurrent glioma tumor through a patient’s intact skull. Performed to assess the feasibility and safety of focused ultrasound in treating …
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Anesthetic Technique Important to Prevent Damage to Brain

According to a study published online in The Laryngoscope, researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a commonly used anesthetic technique to reduce the blood pressure of patients undergoing surgery could increase the risk of starving …
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brain Mapping Confirms Schizophrenia Patients’ Impaired Ability to Imitate

According to psychologists, imitation is something that we all do whenever we learn a new skill; however, that appears not be true of those with schizophrenia. As reported online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the results of a brain-mapping experiment …
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Chronic Sleep Disturbance Could Trigger Onset of Alzheimer’s

According to a new study from researchers at Temple University, there's another reason to make sure you always get a good night's sleep: People who experience chronic sleep disturbance could face an earlier onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The eight …
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Halting Immune Response Could Save Brain Cells After Stroke

Using a compound to block the body’s immune response greatly reduces disability after a stroke, new research shows. The animal-based study, conducted by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, revealed that particular immune cells …
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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Impact of Neurotoxic Exposure

A recent article in The Atlantic, "The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains," discusses chemical exposure and its detrimental effect to brain health. The article begins by addressing 12 neurotoxins -- environmental substances, as well as those found in everyday …
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Friday, April 18, 2014

New Stroke Research Combines Brain Stimulation, Gait Training

Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a University of Illinois at Chicago researcher will test whether brain stimulation combined with gait training can improve patients' ability to walk after …
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chronic Pain Research Delves into the Brain

How the human brain responds to chronic pain could eventually lead to improved treatments for patients. Research conducted by the University of Adelaide reveals that chronic pain may be related to impaired neuroplasticity. An experiment was conducted …
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smokers’ Brains Biased Against Negative Images of Smoking

According to a recent study, in chronic smokers, the use of cigarettes influences the perception of them, making these smokers more susceptible to their positive aspects and altering understanding of their drawbacks. The study conducted by Institut universitaire …
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