Why Do Some Boxers Develop Dementia and Some Don’t?

The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage, resulting in dementia or Parkinson’s disease-like movement changes. The boxing community even has a name for it: punch-drunk. But while many notable fighters have developed these problems – along with depression and other neurological symptoms … Read More

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Deep Brain Stimulation Now More Comfortable for Patients

A new frameless platform makes deep brain stimulation treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other conditions much more comfortable for patients. Surgeons use deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat symptoms — usually tremors — that can’t be well-controlled with medication. It has been very helpful in controlling symptoms, but the patient has always had to endure … Read More

New Research Works to Unlock Mystery of Huntington’s Disease

There are few diseases as devastating as Huntington’s disease (HD) – a progressive condition that can cause uncontrollable movement, emotional disturbances and cognitive problems. We know this mysterious condition is encoded in people’s genes, but researchers have yet to unlock exactly how to stop or slow its progression. However, new research offers insight about the … Read More

How Deep Brain Stimulation Can Restore Your Steady Hands

Lana Laurendeau can’t remember a time when her hands didn’t shake. For years, the shaking made it hard for her to eat without making a mess, drink from a glass without using both hands and put on jewelry.  The shaking also made it increasingly hard for her to do her job as a professional hairdresser. … Read More

Brain Pacemakers, Vaccine Ethics and Other News of the Week

Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss: Pacemakers for Parkinson’s patients More than 7 million people worldwide can’t button a shirt, drink a cup of coffee or get out of a chair because of Parkinson’s disease. But a little-known surgery can help … Read More

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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