Top News: #Neurology

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58DBC9C1-10AD-4B90-888420DDEE94C6BCDo Statins Produce Neurological Effects?:

Statins can indeed produce neurological effects. These drugs are typically prescribed to lower cholesterol and thereby reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Between 2003 and 2012 roughly one in four Americans aged 40 and older were taking a cholesterol-lowering medication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But studies show that statins can influence our sleep and behavior—and perhaps even change the course of neurodegenerative conditions, including dementia: Read more


image.axdExperts warn about risks involved in home use of tDCS:

The growing trend of “do-it-yourself” transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) poses hidden risks to healthy members of the public who seek to use the technique for cognitive enhancement: Read more




deadly-bacteria-can-travel-to-the-brain-and-spinal-cord-in-24-hours-new-study-findsDeadly bacteria can travel to the brain and spinal cord in 24 hours, new study finds:

A deadly bacteria that can be picked up by a simple sniff can travel to the brain and spinal cord in just 24 hours, a new Griffith University and Bond University study has found. The pathogenic bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the potentially fatal disease melioidosis, kills 89,000 people around the world each year and is prevalent in northern Australia and southeast Asia. Previously, researchers did not understand how the bacteria travelled to the brain and spinal cord, or just how quickly: Read more


x-ray-1510651-387x258Risk of blindness from spine surgery down significantly:

Roth attributes the decline in risk to the increasing use of minimally invasive surgical techniques. “The characteristics of the patients undergoing spine fusion haven’t changed all that much over the years, although the population has aged,” Roth said. “So the variables that must be contributing to the decline in blindness caused by spine fusion surgery are most likely the result of changes made in how the surgery is performed.”: Read more


concussion109Concussion rates have doubled among U.S. kids:

The big question is whether the increase reflects a true rise in the number of injuries or an increase in diagnoses — or both. The most significant jump was seen among 10- to 14-year-olds, whose injury rate more than tripled, the study found. They were followed closely by 15- to 19-year-olds: Read more