Using Brain Images to Predict Huntington’s Disease

It’s estimated that more than 15,000 Americans have Huntington’s disease (HD) according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and that more than 200,000 Americans are at-risk of inheriting it. For the first time, new research uses imaging to help predict changes in the brain related to HD. The study’s findings could ultimately help delay the … Read More

Can Photos of Your Brain Detect Alzheimer’s?

A new study finds that pictures of the brain  may point out some changes that may be clues to development of Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge. This may help doctors develop better treatments and prevent the disease from progressing. Before symptoms begin Neurological specialists have known for a long time that people with Alzheimer’s disease … Read More

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Hard-to-Treat Epilepsy? Surgical Advances May Help You

If you have treatment-resistant epilepsy, you may benefit from recent advances in surgical procedures. The newest is a treatment called responsive neurostimulation therapy, which the FDA approved late last year. The treatment can alleviate epilepsy for some patients with partial onset seizures that have not been controlled by two or more medications and are not candidates for surgical resection. The treatment is … Read More

Dense Breasts and What They Mean for Your Mammograms

Contributor: Paulette Lebda, MD A mammogram can find breast cancer early, and compared to other imaging techniques, it is less likely to subject women to needless biopsies. It is the only test proven in randomized controlled studies to significantly reduce breast cancer rates. When we find breast cancer early, there is a whole lot we … Read More

New Study Shows MRI May Improve Stroke Treatment

A stroke triggers a fight against time; every minute that passes before a person is treated increases the risk for lasting brain damage. However, a new study shows that taking the time for magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, may allow for better treatment decisions – and ultimately, better outcomes.  More specifically, the research shows that … Read More

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New Million-Dollar Trial for Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Cleveland Clinic has been selected as the primary investigator in a $11.3 million nationwide study funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a trial of the oral drug ibudilast for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Phase 2 study will enroll patients at 28 clinical sites across the U.S. The trial is … Read More

Children and Solutions for Serious Epilepsy

When medication fails and seizures are uncontrollable, children with epilepsy  have few options. Sometimes brain surgery can help, but doctors approach surgery cautiously. Here’s how they decide if surgery is an option. Doctors usually use 2 tests together to decide which patients are eligible: Electroencephalograph (EEG), or brain-wave reading. This normally looks like a wavy … Read More