Immune Cells Help Protect Brain Cells After Traumatic Injury

Microglia is a type of immune cell that is widely believed to make chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, worse. But research shows these cells can protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow neurodegenerative diseases. A research team led by Bruce Trapp, PhD, Chair of the Department of Neurosciences … Read More

Virtual Reality Treadmill a High-Tech Help for Patients

It looks like a high-tech video game. But the CAREN system’s purpose is surprisingly serious: to help patients with neurological diseases re-educate their nerves and muscles. CAREN stands for Computer Assisted Rehabilitation environment. The high-tech system allows a health care team to measure and analyze a patient’s balance, movement and coordination. Patients with neurological diseases such … Read More

Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Brain (Infographic)

Your brain is an organ like no other. When it’s healthy, its potential is truly hard to, um, wrap your brain around. Its biggest foes are Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis, which can rob us of our ability to think, reason and remember. More information Guide to brain health

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Busting 4 Myths About Stem Cell Research

Remember stem cell research? In the mid-2000s, it became one of the biggest hot-button topics in medical research. The debate has grown quieter since then. But don’t mistake silence for a lack of activity. Stem cell research is alive, well and as full of possibilities as ever. Below are a few common myths about this … Read More

You, MS and the Mind: Overcoming Cognitive Challenges

When people think about multiple sclerosis (MS), they may not associate it with memory loss, difficulty concentrating or struggles with organization. But if you or someone close to you has MS, these can be troubling symptoms.  It’s more common to think first about physical impairments, even though at least 65 percent of MS patients also … Read More

‘Sunshine Vitamin’ Holds Promise for MS Patients

A new study suggests that vitamin D levels for patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) predict the disease’s severity and how quickly it progresses. The findings, recently published online in JAMA Neurology, suggest that patients in the early stages of MS could stave off disease symptoms by increasing their vitamin D intake. … Read More

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Early Study: Vaccine May Help Prevent MS

A vaccine developed to prevent tuberculosis may also prevent multiple sclerosis, an Italian study has found. Vaccine affects MS damage Neurologist Daniel Ontaneda, MD, did not take part in the study but treats multiple sclerosis patients at Cleveland Clinic. “The rationale is that you give a vaccination which typically protects you against an infection like tuberculosis … Read More

7 Surprising Uses for Botulinum Toxin

Most people are familiar with the cosmetic uses of Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and other forms of injectable botulinum toxin. But this drug is good for more than just paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. It can also be used to treat a range of conditions – from serious pain disorders to less serious medical issues. … Read More