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Ongoing Study Improves Predictions of Which Chiari Malformation Patients Will Benefit from Surgery

A research team led by Noam Alperin, Ph.D., professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and Director of the Physiologic Imaging and Modeling ...

Sudden Neurological Death Misclassified, Underestimated

UCSF Researchers Find that Low Autopsy Rates of Sudden Deaths May Prevent its Recognition ...

World-first epilepsy phone service launched

Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy will benefit from a world-first telephone-based peer support service launched in Hobart recently. ... Full story

Newly discovered infectious prion structure shines light on mad cow disease

Prion research at the University of Alberta used breakthrough electron cryomicroscopy technology ... Full story

Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain

A team involving Oxford University scientists has, for the first time, discovered tiny magnetic particles from air pollution lodged in human brains – and researchers think they could be a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease. ... Full story

QBI breakthrough for rare epilepsy

University of Queensland researchers have identified the specific cause of a rare form of epilepsy in babies. ... Full story

Protein Subunit Found to Rescue Afflicted Neurons in Huntington’s Disease

Novel co-culturing method creates functional circuits modeling fatal brain condition, provides clues to potential new treatment approach ... Full story

Post-mortem assessment guidelines for vascular cognitive impairment

New research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has outlined the first validated set of pathological criteria for assessing the likelihood that cognitive impairment was caused by vascular disease. ... Full story

Global crowdsourcing contest to predict epileptic seizures begins

An online contest in association with online platform Kaggle, the Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania will let the globe’s keenest data scientists loose on the holy grail of epilepsy research — an algorithm that can predict seizures — using data from patients that has never before been available to researchers. ... Full story

Virtually Reality Can Help Detect Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and Siberian State Medical University (SSMU) develop a diagnosis system for neurodegenerative diseases at early stages. They are such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and others. The diagnosis system is based on virtual reality technology – a person is immersed in a virtual environment to carry out some functional tests. Researchers change the parameters of the virtual environment and record changes in the person’s movements. The scientists are going to complete the technical part of the project in 2017. ... Full story

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