Blood pressure drug could be used to treat Parkinson’s and dementia.

A drug to treat high blood pressure could also be used against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia a new study suggests. University of Cambridge researchers have shown that felodipine, a hypertension drug, may be a candidate for re-purposing after showing promise when treating neurodegenerative diseases. A common feature of these diseases is…

Mini-brains attach to spinal cord and twitch muscles.

A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results. Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year. Axons from the study’s organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells. The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords. Three things distinguish the lentil-sized mini-brains developed…

Researchers discover novel subtype of multiple sclerosis

Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered a new subtype of multiple sclerosis (MS), providing a better understanding of the individualized nature of the disease. MS has long been characterized as a disease of the brain’s white matter, where immune cells destroy myelin—the fatty protective covering on nerve cells. The destruction of myelin (called demyelination) was believed to…

Medical procedure cures woman of trigeminal neuralgia,

It’s known as some of the worst pain you can experience; like electric shocks running across your face. The condition is called trigeminal neuralgia. Carol Gaines of Pensacola suffered with it for five years. Carol kept her game face on, even as stabbing, shocking pains went off like firecrackers in her face and mouth. She…

Finally FDA approves new oral treatment for multiple sclerosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Mavenclad (cladribine) tablets to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults, to include relapsing-remitting disease and active secondary progressive disease. Mavenclad is not recommended for MS patients with clinically isolated syndrome. Because of its safety profile, the use of Mavenclad is generally recommended for patients…

Epilepsy Linked to Structural Changes in Brain’s Volume and Thickness, Large Study Shows

  Patients with epilepsy show a pattern of robust brain structural abnormalities, including alterations in the thickness and volume of the brain’s gray matter. The findings, stemming from the largest neuroimaging analysis of epilepsy to date, may be helpful for people with Angelman syndrome, because epilepsy affects more than 80 percent of these patients. The work, led…

15-minute laser is best treatment for glaucoma patients, says study

Lasers should become the principal method in the UK for treating patients with the debilitating eye condition glaucoma. That is the stark conclusion of a three-year study published on Sunday. The report, which appears in the Lancet, says the laser technique – known as selective laser trabeculoplasty or SLT – should replace the prescribing of eye…

Everclear’s Art Alexakis has multiple sclerosis

(CNN)Art Alexakis, frontman for the rock band Everclear, has revealed he’s been living with multiple sclerosis. In a note posted on the band’s official site, Alexakis said he was in a bad car accident three years ago that totaled his car. “About two weeks later, I started feeling a tingle and numbness in my arm, thinking it…

Psychotic Teenager Misdiagnosed as Bipolar Had a Curable Autoimmune Disease.

When Tessa Gallo turned from a healthy teenager into a psychotic wreck with catatonic symptoms overnight, doctors first said she was over-anxious, and then decided she had bipolar disorder. She was obsessive, refusing to sleep, eat or wash, and she also became violent. However after ten months confined to psychiatric wards, two Stanford University doctors found…