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Stroke Started with Simple Headache

Stroke Started with Simple Headache

Story of a Stroke Recently, a story was published about a woman called “D.L.” She was a self-proclaimed workaholic in her job as a set designer in the film industry. She began experiencing headaches which she thought were due to increasing stress. The headaches seemed like a relatively minor complaint, but it turned out to(…)

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Strokes and Shift Work

Strokes and Shift Work

In a new study in the journal Endocrinology, Dr. David Earnest found that swing shift work can be detrimental to the brain. Working irregular schedules can prove to be detrimental to the point of worsening the severity of strokes. The waking up and going to sleep at radically different times can cause more severe ischemic(…)

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Finding CTE Biomarkers

A new study is searching to find biomarkers that would make it possible to identify those most at risk for developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Football players suffer repeated head trauma and some of these individuals develop CTE, while others do not. Identifying those at risk during life is critically important because with detection and(…)

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Cardiac Arrest Treatment for Women Worse

Cardiac Arrest Treatment for Women Worse

Female survivors of cardiac arrest are less likely to get aggressive neuroprotective treatment than men, according to a study. Brain injury can be one devastating effect of cardiac arrest. Induced hypothermia is one way to reduce the risk of brain injury, but it is less likely to be used in women than in men. Lack(…)

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Catheter-Associated UTI Avoidance

Catheter-Associated UTI Avoidance

Severe brain injury survivors sometimes have complications that come with their hospital stay. For example, someone may acquire a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (UTI). One study looked at how to prevent catheter-associated UTI. The study was titled, “A Program to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection in Acute Care.” It was authored by S. Saint et.(…)

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Study Associates Zika Virus and Microcephaly

Study Associates Zika Virus and Microcephaly

In a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition where infants are born with abnormally small heads often due to abnormal brain development. Researchers cited an investigation in French Polynesia. French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France, comprising 118 dispersed islands in the South(…)

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Head Trauma Linked to Parkinson’s in New Study

Head Trauma Linked to Parkinson’s in New Study

We postulated last month in the aftermath of Muhammad Ali’s death that repeated head trauma could have played a role in Ali’s Parkinson’s disease. In a recent study published in July 2016 in JAMA Neurology, researchers found a link between Parkinson’s disease and head trauma. This study looked at the long-term effects of having a(…)

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Forgotten Baby Syndrome Causes Hot Car Deaths

Forgotten Baby Syndrome Causes Hot Car Deaths

So far this year, there have been 16 children who have died in a hot car in the United States, according to San Jose State University. In 2015, there were 24 hot car fatalities. Forgotten baby syndrome, or forgetting that one’s child is in the car, is the number one cause of hot car deaths(…)

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Drowning Caused Two Men to Die Over the Weekend

Drowning Caused Two Men to Die Over the Weekend

Drowning is deadly. Near drowning can result in brain damage for the simple fact that your brain is deprived of oxygen. Bodies of two men were found Monday in Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, WI. The men were swept into the lake by a giant wave over the weekend. One man was found still alive Sunday,(…)

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Researchers Discover About 100 New Areas of the Brain

Researchers Discover About 100 New Areas of the Brain

Researchers have revealed a new brain map that delineated 180 areas per hemisphere. Each area was separated by cortical architecture, function, connectivity, and topography. This research has detailed about 100 previously unknown regions, according to the New York Times. The data was gathered using multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging from the Human Connectome Project. Although the answers(…)

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BPA Linked to ADHD in Boys?

BPA Linked to ADHD in Boys?

One does not need to live next to a toxic waste dump to be exposed to toxins. Toxins can be found in everyday materials. Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in certain plastics used to make baby bottles, water bottles, and food storage containers. It acts as a hormone, which has called some people to question(…)

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Lead Author of the New Brain Map Research

Lead Author of the New Brain Map Research

By Jennifer Ball We wrote a blog yesterday about the researchers that discovered about 100 new areas of the brain. They created a brain map, updating one that was more than a century old. They detailed about 180 parts of the brain per hemisphere. Matthew F. Glasser is a neuroscientist at Washington University School of(…)

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Evidence that BPA is a Harmful Substance

Evidence that BPA is a Harmful Substance

Monday we wrote a blog about a study that linked the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastic water bottles to ADHD in boys. We talked to lead author of the study, Shruti Tewar, clinical assistant professor at the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, to clarify a few things.(…)

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Former Wrestlers Bring Class Action Against WWE

Former Wrestlers Bring Class Action Against WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is being sued by more than 50 former wrestlers. The reason they are suing is because they say that the WWE intentionally hired them as independent contractors, not as employees. They say this was a cop out to avoid liability for injuries sustained on the job. The suit is a class(…)

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Why Creating Age Friendly Communities is Important

Why Creating Age Friendly Communities is Important

In the On Point podcast, “Designing Communities for an Aging America,” the issues of creating and maintaining age-friendly communities were discussed. Sacha Pfeiffer, the guest host, started out by saying that most U.S. cities were not designed for an aging community. The number of people in the over 65 age group will double by 2050,(…)

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How Cities Can Become More Age Friendly

The On Point podcast with guest Sacha Pfeiffer was called “Designing Communities for an Aging America,” touching on age friendly communities. The report focused on how communities can do a better job making communities age friendly and what communities are doing that is good for an aging population. One caller from Milwaukee, WI said that she(…)

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Why Communication is so Important to an Age Friendly Community

In the On Point podcast, “Designing Communities for an Aging America,” one key theme was communication. Ruth Finkelstein,  professor of health policy and management at the Columbia University Aging Center and former director of the Age-Friendly New York City Initiative, emphasized this point when she spoke. This message about communication was spurred by one caller’s(…)

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Benefits of Yoga in Elderly People

Benefits of Yoga in Elderly People

In the OnPoint podcast, “Designing Communities for an Aging America,” it was said that the elderly have to “keep their brain moving.” This can be accomplished through crosswords and Sudoku. But also just as important is keeping your body moving. This can range from walking to doing yoga. Exercise is important to keep the body(…)

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