New Study Shows Where Alzheimer’s Disease Starts, How it Spreads
Columbia University Medical Center researchers, through the use of high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imaging in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and in mouse models of the disease, have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer’s: where it starts, why it starts there and how it spreads. In addition to advancing understanding of Alzheimer’s, the findings could improve early detection of the disease, as well as when drugs may be most effective. Click here to read more.
New Brain-imaging Technology May Reveal True Risk of Repetitive Head Injuries
Although a brain autopsy is currently the only way to officially diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a condition linked to depression, dementia and memory loss — a new method for identifying signs of CTE in living brains has been developed by researchers at UCLA. The method is based on a radioactive compound that can be injected intravenously and measured in the brain by a PET scanner, which could help quantify the risks of repetitive head injuries. To read more, click here.
15 Years After Diagnosis, Brain Cancer Survivor Takes Multi-Faceted Approach to Care
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1998, Jeannine Walston learned that long-term healing has a multi-faceted approach. In an article on the Huffington Post, Watson cites self care, integrative health care and spirituality as the ways she has beaten cancer for 15 years and counting. Click here for more.
Sir Bob Geldof, Musician, Corporate Speaker and Political Activist to Speak at 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Opening Ceremonies Program
The Opening Ceremonies program at the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting will include among others, Sir Bob Geldof, best known for his anti-poverty efforts in Africa and the organization of several large-scale famine-relief fundraising concert venues such as Live Aid, Band Aid, and Live 8. In addition to his career in activism, Geldof has also established himself as a musician, actor, corporate speaker and businessman. During the Opening Ceremonies program, Geldof will be addressing topics such as his contribution to social justice and peace; how he evolved from a musician to a social activist; and the challenges facing world hunger. To read more about Sir Bob Geldof, click here.
Hunt-Wilson Lecturer Selected for 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates will present the Hunt-Wilson Lecture during the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. To learn more about this lecturer, as well as the other dynamic speakers and presenters at the 2014 event in San Francisco, please click here.
Louise Eisenhardt Lecturer Selected for 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of the New America Foundation, has been selected as the Louise Eisenhardt Lecturer for the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. Slaughter is a Princeton University foreign policy professor emerita, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and an author and editor of six books and more than 100 scholarly articles. For more information, please click here.
Epilepsy Patient Restores Her Life After Cutting-Edge, Minimally-Invasive Procedure
Melanie Vandyke spent almost 15 years incapacitated by epileptic seizures that prevented her from driving, pursuing a career and living independently. But since undergoing an innovative, minimally-invasive procedure called MRI-guided laser ablation, Vandyke is looking forward to reclaiming her life. "You have to be seizure-free for six months to get a [driver’s] license," she said. "I’m halfway there and counting the days." Click here to read the full story.
Scientists Identify Neurological Basis for Overeating
Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine have identified which of the brain’s cellular connections trigger overeating. Click here to read the full story.
Mental Exertion Zaps Physical Energy, Study Finds
High levels of mental exertion may lead to diminished physical stamina, even when the body still has energy physiologically. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Kent in England and the French Institute of Health and Medical Research assessed how too much thinking may zap physical energy and led to some surprising results. Click here to read the full story.
Which Way is Up? Research Finds Brain Region Associated with Dizziness
Researchers at Johns Hopkins believe they have identified the area of the human brain that plays a role in the subconscious recognition of which way is up and which way is down. The finding, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, may lead to explanations of dizziness and spatial disorientation. Click here to read the full story.