Like a Pacemaker for the Brain (Video)

There may come a time when some patients with Parkinson’s disease need more than medications to manage their tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement and balance problems. For them, deep brain stimulation is an option. During deep brain stimulation surgery, electrodes are implanted in the brain to deliver electrical impulses that block the abnormal activity which … Read More

You May Need This After a Stroke: ‘Stentriever’

Every second counts when it comes to effective stroke treatment. The longer a clot remains lodged in an artery of your brain, the longer your brain tissue starves for much-needed blood flow. That’s why the latest innovations in stroke treatment are focused on speed — getting blood flow to the brain restored as quickly and … Read More

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Could it Be Genetic?

Peek inside a brain afflicted with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and you’ll see a sponge-like appearance due to damaged brain tissue caused by the disease. Though rare, the disease causes dementia-like symptoms that progress very quickly with little time for treatment. Experts say when the genetic form of CJD occurs in a family, family members should … Read More

Can These Foods Help Prevent Stroke?

What you eat each day can play a big role not just in weight control, but also in protecting you against stroke. So put down the potato chips and read on. “Food as it relates to stroke is all about prevention,” says certified nurse practitioner Susan Jaeger. “Your food choices can reduce the risk of … Read More

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Omega-3s Linked to Better Memory Later in Life

Remember this, because it just might improve your memory: more fish, less steak. A new study — confirming earlier findings — shows that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like those in the Mediterranean diet, may help preserve memory and thinking abilities later in life. The Mediterranean diet and omega-3 The study, which teamed … Read More

Parkinson’s Drug Pump Shows Promise (Video)

Levodopa is considered the most effective drug to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The chronic, progressive neurological disease causes a person to lose control of body movements, resulting in tremors, muscle stiffness, loss of balance and a host of other problems. So far in the United States levodopa has only been available in pill … Read More

New Pill Treats Multiple Sclerosis (Video)

For people who suffer from multiple sclerosis, an experimental drug called BG-12 shows signs of being a promising new treatment. A recent study, led by Robert Fox, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, found that BG-12, which comes in pill form, is not only very safe but also well-tolerated by MS patients. The … Read More

Why Is Soda Not So Sweet?

Soda may taste sweet, but when you know it raises your stroke risk by 16 percent, it begins to fall flat. You might ask: what’s really the harm in drinking soda in moderation—say, a can a day? According to Adam Bernstein, MD, DSc, of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, even that amount—even if it’s diet soda—can … Read More

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Get Fit After 50: 5 Tips for Men

If you’re a man over 50, it’s probably more difficult for you to rebound from a bucket of wings, a doughnut binge or a six-pack of beer than in your younger days. Bad habits take more of a toll as you age. Don’t wait until you have high blood pressure or gain 50 pounds to … Read More

Gene May Raise Alzheimer’s Risk in African-Americans

The results of a new study could be yet another step toward finding how and why people develop Alzheimer’s disease, particularly when it comes to African-Americans.    Geriatric psychiatrist Brian Appleby, MD, treats Alzheimer’s patients at Cleveland Clinic but didn’t take part in the study. “We know that different races and different ethnic groups have different risk factors for different … Read More