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The brain, with its delicate twists and turns, can be a mine field for surgeons and their teams working to remove tumors. Medical technologies have evolved in creative, exciting ways to treat tumors while conserving the healthy, normal surrounding tissue. Here are five important innovations that have extended the lives of brain tumor patients. 1. … Read More
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
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It’s tough to hit a fast-moving target — especially if it’s microscopic and lodged deep in a person’s densely packed and highly sensitive brain. Yet that is the challenge doctors face in treating the cells of glioblastoma tumors, the most common and aggressive type of cancerous brain tumors. Why glioblastoma can be so deadly Glioblastoma … Read More
Strange but true: People who smoke cigarettes are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that causes tremors, difficulty with movement, and depression. This is no reason to light up, as the harmful effects of smoking far outweigh any benefit. However, what researchers have discovered is that the tobacco plant is part of … Read More
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
A Cleveland Clinic study has found that early brain surgery for frontal lobe epilepsy may be more successful in controlling seizures than medications. Frontal lobe epilepsy is the most complex form of epilepsy to treat. Many epilepsy patients take medications for years to control their seizures. Usually, surgery is only recommended as a last resort … Read More
There’s no debate over whether Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, can help people with Parkinson’s Disease. The question has always been which part of the brain should be “stimulated.” The more popular target is the part of the brain called the subthalamic (sub-tha-lah-mik) nucleus or STN, while the less commonly targeted area is the globus … Read More