Brain Stimulation Protocol Reduces Spasticity in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Patients show improvements that persist after treatment ends, reports new study in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience

June 19, 2017 - Amsterdam, NL – Spasticity, uncontrolled muscle contractions, is a common disorder experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Previous studies have shown that excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can reduce spasticity. In a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, researchers found that a protocol of rTMS, excitatory intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS), was successful in reducing spasticity in patients with SCI and therefore may be a promising therapeutic tool. More...

June 19, 2017

Researchers Seek Biomarker to Assess Spinal Muscular Atrophy Treatment

New Study in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases Underscores the Importance of Confirming the Validity of Potential Biomarkers in a Large Animal Model

June 16, 2017 - Amsterdam, NL – Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in infants, affecting 1 in 11,000 live births. As promising new therapies such as those directly targeting survivor motor neuron (SMN) are entering clinical trials for infants, children, and adults with SMA, researchers are searching for biomarkers in blood that can monitor their effectiveness. Investigators now report in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases that SMN levels in blood do not track SMN levels in motor neurons, and therefore are not an informative biomarker for SMN-modulating therapies that are delivered intrathecally. Beyond providing important information for SMA trial planning going forward, their results also highlight the importance of carefully validating specific biomarkers in a preclinical trial situation. More...

June 16, 2017

Gap in health care for Alzheimer´s disease patients who live alone

Swedish researchers report in an article published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease that 46% of patients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer´s disease in Sweden live alone in their homes, in particular older women.

June 16, 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden - The patients who live alone do not receive the same extent of diagnostic investigations and anti-dementia treatment as those who are co-habiting. On the other hand, they were treated more frequently with antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedative drugs. More...

June 16, 2017

Can a Single Exercise Session Benefit Your Brain?

Even a single bout of physical activity can have significant positive effects on people’s mood and cognitive functions, according to a new study in Brain Plasticity

June 12, 2017 - Amsterdam, NL – In a new review of the effects of acute exercise published in Brain Plasticity, researchers not only summarize the behavioral and cognitive effects of a single bout of exercise, but also summarize data from a large number of neurophysiological and neurochemical studies in both humans and animals showing the wide range of brain changes that result from a single session of physical exercise (i.e., acute exercise).
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June 12, 2017