Neurology

Modifying diet may be a way to manage difficult to treat epilepsy

a man having epileptic seizures
Epilepsy is a common disorder of the nervous system wherein the nerve cells present in the brain function abnormally. According to the statistics provided by the World Health Organization, about 50 million people suffer from this condition worldwide. Around 35% of thes patients of epilepsy do not respond to medications and require newer forms of treatment. A research published in the recent issue of Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has found that modifying the diet may...

Regular intake of fish oil reduces brain damage and decrease in cognitive skills

  A new study has found that regular consumption of fish oil reduces the rate at which Alzheimer’s disease progresses and also delays the onset of problems related to cognitive functions. Alzheimer’s disease is a process of neurodegeneration wherein nerve connections are gradually broken down. This results in disorientation, loss of motor skills and memory loss. And the scary fact is that the scientific world has predicted that about 135 million people could be affected by this disease in the...

Exposure to DDT may be associated with development of Alzheimer's disease

A new research published in the journal JAMA Neurology has found that people who are exposed to pesticides like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to people who have no trace of the chemical in their blood. The research was carried out by Jason Richardson from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, along with his colleagues. DDT has been banned in the US since 1970s, but is still used...

Early cognitive decline may be due to collection of amyloid in blood vessels

Alzheimer’s disease, primarily a disease of the elderly people, is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive cognitive decline. It is well known that deposition of amyloid β-protein (Aβ) in the brain, in the form of amyloid plaques around the neuronal cells, is responsible for this cognitive impairment. However, in a new study published in the recent online issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers from Stony Brook University, led by William Van Nostrand, a...

Treating MS with vitamin D shows promising results in mice

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease affecting around 400,000 Americans every year. Statistics tell us that around 200 new cases of MS are diagnosed every week. In this disease, the cells of the immune system attack the myelin sheath of the nerves. Progressive demyelination leads to symptoms like altered vision, difficulty in walking and balancing and cognitive problems like loss of memory and thinking clearly. Till date, no cure has been found for the disease. The medication used in...

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