Blog Category: Neurology

Headache Significant Cause of Attrition in Deployed Military Personnel

In a study by Cohen and colleagues to evaluate the impact of headache on personnel deployed in war zones and to identify factors associated with return to duty (RTD), only 33% of the 985 participants (mean age, 29.6 years; 87.5% …

Can Social Networks Change Our Brain?

Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust have found a direct link between the number of ‘Facebook friends’ a person has and the size of particular brain regions. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Different Brain Rhythms In Healthy And Ill

Virtual brains modeling epilepsy and schizophrenia display less complexity among functional connections, and other differences compared to healthy brain models, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report.

The researchers worked backward from brain rhythms – the oscillating …

Dangerous Mobile Phone Use May Be OCD

Information researchers at the University of Arkansas have found evidence that suggests dangerous mobile phone usage while driving may be attributed to obsessive-compulsive disorder traits rather than addiction.[Read more…]…

Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Mortality

Two interesting research articles this week about cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. One in the Archives of General Psychiatry that found that cognitive markers at baseline were more robust predictors of conversion than most biomarkers. And a study in the Annals

National Academies Press Offers Free Book Downloads

As of June 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes their current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.…

“Trigger Site” Plastic Surgery Reduces or Eliminates Migraine Headaches

A recent publication in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery discussed a new surgical technique to “deactivate” migraine headaches through “surgical deactivation” of “trigger sites” in the muscles or nerves that produce pain. Developed by ASPS Member Bahman …

Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Parkinson’s in Humans

A study aimed at the treatment of patients with medically refractory Parkinson’s disease (PD), showed promising phase 2 results for a therapeutic approach to determine the safety and efficacy of AAV-GAD gene transfer into the subthalamic nucleus (STN) region of …

Brain Awareness Week 2011

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is March 14-20, 2011.

BAW is the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March BAW unites the efforts of organizations worldwide in a week-long celebration of the …