Strokes and heart attacks often strike without warning. But, a unique application of a medical camera could one day help physicians know who is at risk for a cardiovascular event by providing a better view of potential problem areas.
In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American seniors with dementia is dropping, a new study finds. The downward trend has emerged despite something else the study shows: a rising tide of three factors that are thought to raise dementia risk. Those with the most years of education had the lowest chances of developing dementia.
America’s opioid drug epidemic has struck hard in Michigan. But now, a team from the University of Michigan is striking back at a key factor: opioid prescriptions for patients before and after surgery.
On October 13, 2016 a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Health Advisory and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Communication announced that the Stöckert 3T heater/cooler devices by LivaNova PLC (formerly the Sorin Group) may have been contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera (M.Chimaera), a rare type nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), during manufacturing.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health will award an estimated $9 million over the next 5 years to a new statewide center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Marijuana use over time is associated with remembering fewer words from a list, but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function in a study of men and women followed up over 25 years, a new study finds.
You wouldn’t think that two Turkish children, some yeast and a bunch of Hungarian fruit flies could teach scientists much. But in fact, that unlikely combination has just helped an international team make a key discovery about how the brain’s “garbage disposal” process works — and how little needs to go wrong in order for it to break down.
Brain tumor tissue can be hard to distinguish from normal brain during surgery. Neurosurgeons use their best judgment in the operating room but often must guess exactly where the edges of the tumor are while removing it. Now, a laser-based microscopic technology may help surgeons see the difference between tumor tissue and normal brain in real-time.
New University of Michigan research finds people with Parkinson’s disease may want to consider attempting to do the dishes, fold the laundry and take strolls around the neighborhood in their quest to control their symptoms.
A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting worse for years afterward – and happen faster than normal brain aging.
A new study of emergency stroke care in America shows just how much of a patchwork system we still have for delivering the most effective stroke treatment.
And thousands of people a year may end up unnecessarily disabled as a result.
People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy”, or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a very large study that effect is indeed real – and rooted in brain activity differences that show up on advanced brain scans.
What happens in the moments just before death is widely believed to be a slowdown of the body’s systems as the heart stops beating and blood flow ends. But there's a brainstorm happening, strongly synchronized with heart rhythm. Blocking this brain outflow may change the odds of survival for those who suffer cardiac arrest.
The little voice inside your head that tells you to eat, or stop eating, isn’t a little voice – it’s actually a cluster of about 10,000 specialized brain cells. And now, an international team of scientists has found tiny triggers inside those cells that give rise to this “voice”, and keep it speaking throughout life.
Most neurologists provide face-to-face care of neurology patients, many of whom require extensive evaluation and management. However, a new study finds face-to-face care by neurologists is severely undervalued by Medicare and reimbursed at a substantially lower rate than what Medicare pays doctors for performing tests and procedures.
Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.
Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds.
A tragic accident 32 years ago forever altered the lives of an entire prominent Michigan auto industry family, as a beloved wife and mother suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Now, the Massey family has invested in the hope that University of Michigan medical and scientific teams can spare other families what they endured.
A U-M alumna who sought to avoid passing a deadly disease to her son has given scientists a gift that could help many more families affected by the same disease: an embryo that has allowed U-M researchers to produce stem cells and nerve cells that contain the crucial disease-causing genetic defect.
For up to one in five Americans over age 65, getting older brings mild memory and thinking problems – what doctors call mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. Now, a pair of U-M doctors has put together a definitive look at what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to this common condition.
Sleep-related breathing problems and chronic lack of sleep may each double the risk of a child becoming obese by age 15, according to new research. The good news is that both sleep problems can be corrected.
For children and adults with epilepsy, the possibility of dying suddenly and without warning looms in the background all the time – yet scientists and doctors still don’t know why it occurs. Now, U-M researchers and colleagues around the nation will try to get to the heart of this mystery, and perhaps find new ways to spot those most at risk.