Sunday, January 12, 2014

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation For Migraine Re-visited

  Patients treated with four weeks of transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS) found relief from their chronic migraine headaches unresponsive to typical therapies. In this study the motor cortex was stimulated. High current was able to be safely and effectively to deep brain structures.
  Researchers from the university of Michigan, Harvard and the city college of the city of New York employed tDCS on 13 patients as preventative therapy resulting in a 37% reduction in head pain in the treated individuals.
 A  positive response was seen at four weeks but repeated treatments were needed for a lasting effect.

Front. Neuro., 21 March 2013 | doi 10.3389/fneur.2013.00025

Elsevier Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology/Evoked Potentials Section Volume 108, Issue 1, January 1998, pp. 1-16

Elsevier Brain Stimulation Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2008, pp 206-223

Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science Vol 31,Issue 2,pp88-95 April-June  1996 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Increased risk of Stroke Related to Elevated Tungsten in Urine

  Individuals with elevated levels of Tungsten (found in mobile phones and computers) demonstrated a strong association with an increased risk of stroke.
PLOS ONE November 11, 2013

Go Bilingual....Delay Dementia !

  Researchers found that bilingual patients developed dementia 4.5 years later than monolingual patients, even in illiterate patients.there was no added benefit of speaking more than two languages.
Neurology November 6, 2013

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fibromyalgia Patients May Have Polyneuropathy

   Patients who suffer with chronic pain that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia (a form of central sensitization syndrome) underwent a multi-component analysis including neurologic exam, pathologic and physiologic markers, MNSI, UENS, AFT and distal leg skin biopsies. 41% of the skin biopsies supported a diagnosis of SFPN ( small-fiber polyneuropathy ).
PAIN June 7, 2013

BABIES ! with Alzheimer's disease Gene Mutation Show Changes in their Brains

  From researchers at Brown university, hundreds of infants were enrolled once their saliva was found to reveal gene mutations of APOE4. Those babies with at least one copy of the APOE4 mutation displayed changes in their brains affected by Alzheimer's on MRI. The significance of these findings is uncertain.
JAMA NEUROL. 2013; E-pub 2013 Nov. 25