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Researchers Examine How Parkinson's Disease Alters Brain Activity Over Time

Neuroscientists peered into the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease and two similar conditions to see how their neural responses changed over time. The study, funded by the NIH's Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program and published in Neurology, may provide a new tool for testing experimental medications aimed at alleviating symptoms and slowing the rate at which the diseases damage the brain. "If you know that in Parkinson's disease the activity in a specific brain region is decreasing over the ...

Posted on: August 19, 2016
Oticon, Inc. Joins Homes for Our Troops to Welcome Veteran to New Community

Somerset, NJ - Oticon Government Services Manager Cathy Van Evra presented a check for $5000 this week to Major General (U.S., Ret.) Tim McHale, president of Homes for Our Troops, at a community welcome celebration for former Army Corporal Kevin McCloskey. The event, held in Southhampton, PA, is the site selected for construction of a mortgage-free home for McCloskey who was injured in Afghanistan and suffered the loss of both his legs, vision loss in his right eye, burns over his body and a traumatic ...

Posted on: August 17, 2016
AuD Students Eye Industry Possibilities at Audigy University Summit

Vancouver, WA - More than 30 students from schools across the country converged August 5-7 in Scottsdale, Arizona, for Audigy Group's Audigy University Student Summit, an exclusive program dedicated to helping highly accomplished AuD students learn about the industry, explore personal growth and discover opportunities in private practice. "I really enjoyed the Student Summit!" wrote a participant in the event evaluations. "As a new professional coming into the field, I feel like I have a much better ...

Posted on: August 15, 2016
Study: New Treatment Option for Alzheimer's Disease Possible

A team led by David Brough, PhD from the University of Manchester found that the anti-inflammatory drug completely reversed memory loss and brain inflammation in mice. Nearly everybody will at some point in their lives take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; mefenamic acid, a common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is routinely used for period pain. The findings are published in a paper authored by Brough and colleagues in the journal Nature Communications. Brough and Catherine Lawrence ...

Posted on: August 12, 2016
Kathleen M. Youse Joins Salus University as Speech-Language Pathology Program Director

Elkins Park, PA - Kathleen M. Youse, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, has been named chair and program director of Salus University's Department of Speech-Language Pathology program. Salus University is an internationally recognized academic institution offering a wide range of graduate, professional degree and post-graduate residency programs for health care professionals. In her new position, Youse will implement the Speech-Language Pathology program curriculum in consultation with faculty and its committees ...

Posted on: August 10, 2016
Kaiser Permanente Telestroke Program Closes Gaps in Treatment, Increases Access

Pasadena, CA - The use of a life-saving clot-dissolving treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke increased by 73% following the implementation of a Kaiser Permanente telestroke program, according to a recent study published in The Permanente Journal. Stroke is a major cause of death and a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Acute ischemic stroke, the most common type, is caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, which can result in the ...

Posted on: August 08, 2016
RemoteSpeech-CHOP Collaboration Producing Exciting Results For Children and Adults with Vocal Disabilities

Philadelphia, PA - Every year, more children are diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism while school districts are forced to cut back on hiring experts who can help combat communication difficulties. To ease the shortfall and assist those with no access, Abington Speech Pathology Ser-vices has launched a new initiative called RemoteSpeech. RemoteSpeech combines crystal clear voice with the sharp video to provide improved, user-friendly technology to youngsters, stroke victims and anyone with ...

Posted on: August 05, 2016
David B. Weintraub, MD, Named Director, Functional Neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital

Manhasset, NY - Northwell Health's Neuroscience Institute has announced that David B. Weintraub, MD, has been appointed as director of functional neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital. "We are delighted to have Dr. Weintraub on board to spearhead our efforts in functional neurosurgery," said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. "Dr. Weintraub specializes in deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) for movement disorders, ...

Posted on: August 03, 2016
Study Compares Weight Gain Due to Second-Generation Antipsychotics Used to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cincinnati, OH - Some of the most effective treatments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are also well known for their risk of weight gain and subsequent health complications. For the first time, however, researchers have compared five of these second generation antipsychotics (SGAs) to determine which ones are the biggest culprits. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study found that patients treated with Zyprexa (olanzapine) have the highest risk of weight gain, while Geodon (ziprasidone) ...

Posted on: August 01, 2016
Zika Virus Epedemic in Puerto Rico, CDC Says in Urgent Warning

As of July 7, Zika has been diagnosed in 5,582* people, including 672 pregnant women, in Puerto Rico according to a new report published today in theMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Positive tests for people with suspected Zika virus infection have increased from 14 percent in February to 64 percent in June. Positive tests through blood supply screening also increased, reaching 1.8 percent during the latest week of reporting starting July ...

Posted on: July 29, 2016
UTEP College of Health Sciences to Open New Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory

The UTEP College of Health Sciences celebrated its new Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory with an open house on July 26. The $1.3 million facility is nearly twice as large as the former lab, has more storage space and has all new dissection tables. The lab's features include three high-definition video cameras, four large plasma screen displays, white boards and wireless internet capability. "The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that provides our undergraduate and graduate students an exceptional ...

Posted on: July 27, 2016
Penumbra Launches ACE68 Reperfusion Catheter at SNIS 2016

Boston, MA - Penumbra, Inc. has announced U.S. commercial availability of its most advanced thrombectomy device, the ACE68 Reperfusion Catheter, part of the fully integrated Penumbra System, at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) 13th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACE68 Reperfusion Catheter leverages the latest advancements in tracking technology to deliver maximum aspiration power easily and safely for extracting thrombus in acute ischemic stroke patients. Clinical experience ...

Posted on: July 25, 2016
Pasquale Fonzetti Appointed Director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service Program

White Plains, NY - Pasquale Fonzetti, MD, PhD, has been appointed director of the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS), a program that provides comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment of memory disorders, at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. Fonzetti, a board-certified neurologist, had been the associate director of the program for 15 years and also serves as a staff neurologist at Burke. Through METS, Fonzetti works with patients to evaluate memory problems, ...

Posted on: July 22, 2016
New Study in Biological Psychiatry Examines Paths to Autism

Philadelphia, PA - A new article in Biological Psychiatry reports that brain alterations in infants at risk for autism may be widespread and affect multiple systems, in contrast to the widely held assumption of impairment specifically in social brain networks. Autism is diagnosed based on impairments in social and communication behaviors. These symptoms tend to emerge in the second year of life, but identifying abnormalities in early infancy could help researchers understand how autism develops and ...

Posted on: July 20, 2016
Researchers Make Advance in Possible Treatments for Gaucher, Parkinson's Diseases

With assistance from a high tech robot, National Institutes of Health researchers have identified and tested a molecule that shows promise as a possible treatment for the rare Gaucher disease and the more common Parkinson's disease. Ellen Sidransky, MD, a senior investigator with NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and her collaborators at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), published ...

Posted on: July 18, 2016
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