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How normal cells become brain cancers

How normal cells become brain cancers

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2011) — Brain tumor specimens taken from neurosurgery cases at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center have given scientists a new window on the transformation that occurs as healthy brain cells begin to form tumors. The work may help identify new drugs to target oligodendroglioma, a common type of brain tumor, at its earliest stage, when it is generally most treatable. Continue reading

Gene for Lou Gehrig’s disease and frontotemporal dementia identified

Gene for Lou Gehrig’s disease and frontotemporal dementia identified

ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2011) — Frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — two fatal neurodegenerative disease with distinct symptoms — are triggered by a common mutation in many cases, according to researchers who say they have identified the mutated gene Continue reading

Despite benefits, few brain aneurysm patients receive specialized care

Despite benefits, few brain aneurysm patients receive specialized care

ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2011) — The Neurocritical Care Society is releasing a comprehensive set of guidelines this week to guide physicians and hospitals on how to optimally care for patient’s ruptured brain aneurysms. One of the strongest recommendations is that all patients receive specialized care at high-volume stroke centers that treat at least 60 cases per year Continue reading

Sorting out major brain stent study: Experts say procedure effective for some patients

Sorting out major brain stent study: Experts say procedure effective for some patients

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Neurosurgeons use adult stem cells to grow neck vertebrae

Neurosurgeons use adult stem cells to grow neck vertebrae

ScienceDaily (Sep. 6, 2011) — Neurosurgery researchers at UC Davis Health System have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs — the cushions between the bones in the neck — to relieve chronic, debilitating pain. Continue reading

Most U.S. physicians will face malpractice claims, but risk of making payment is low, analysis finds

Most U.S. physicians will face malpractice claims, but risk of making payment is low, analysis finds

ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2011) — While most U.S Continue reading

Single traumatic brain injury may prompt long-term neurodegeneration

Single traumatic brain injury may prompt long-term neurodegeneration

ScienceDaily (July 18, 2011) — Years after a single traumatic brain injury (TBI), survivors still show changes in their brains. In a new study, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest that Alzheimer’s disease-like neurodegeneration may be initiated or accelerated following a single traumatic brain injury, even in young adults. Continue reading

Novel combined therapy extends life, diminishes pain in brain cancer patients

Novel combined therapy extends life, diminishes pain in brain cancer patients

ScienceDaily (July 14, 2011) — Approximately five to ten percent of patients with primary or metastatic cancer suffer from devastating neurological complications such as headaches, seizures, confusion, difficulty swallowing and visual disturbances. Continue reading