Playing in the NFL Quadruples the Risk of Alzheimer’s

Adding to the drumbeat of worries about football and brain injuries, the science journal Neurology just published a study of over 3,000 retired NFL players that points to a 400% increased risk of Alzheimer’s and ALS, compared to the general population. What makes the risk of brain deterioration in these retired players even more striking… Read More »

The Difference Between Neurogenesis and Neuroplasticity

  With a number of recent news articles referring to neuroplasticity (also called brain plasticity), and neurogenesis interchangeably (they aren’t the same thing), we thought it would be useful to highlight the differences between the two terms and offer a couple of working definitions: Curious about your brain? Take the Healthy Brain Test, and learn… Read More »

Is the Amyloid Hypothesis Dead Wrong?

After the disaster known as bapineuzumab Phase III, I think it’s time to seriously question whether clearing amyloid beta deposits from the brain has any therapeutic benefit to Alzheimer’s patients. The bapi Phase III results speak with a resounding “No”. We are still awaiting Phase III results from Eli Lilly’s solanezumab, but the current prognosis… Read More »

Caution on Radiation Exposure from CT Scans

A pair of recent medical studies have raised warning flags on radiation exposure from brain imaging tests, especially for patients younger than 20 years old. The main culprit for excessive radiation is the computed tomography test, or CT scan. CT scans are X-Rays on steroids – the CT scanner uses ionizing radiation, which can damage… Read More »

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease 20 Years Before Symptoms Appear

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine just published the results of a study that looked at a number of cognitive changes and biomarkers that can be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease long before symptoms appear – in some cases up to 20 years before symptom onset. The study, published… Read More »

Update on Migraine Prevention and Treatment

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued new guidelines earlier this year on preventing and treating migraine headaches, which can affect millions of people every month, with sometimes debilitating consequences. The AAN analyzed over 280 clinical studies on the effectiveness of several different classes of medications to either alleviate or prevent migraine symptoms. The analysis… Read More »