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October 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Essential tremor is the most common type of tremor disorder. The trembling of the hands, head or voice can be insignificant and require no treatment. But other people have severe symptoms and can benefit from medical intervention. New guidelines published Wednesday by the American Academy of Neurology should help doctors explain treatment options to their patients and spur more research into the condition, which affects an estimated 10 million Americans. The condition, which usually starts after age 40, can be treated with the high blood pressure drug propranolol and the seizure drug primidone.
August 12, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The holy grail in neurology research is to find the agent -- a drug, nutritional ingredient, a habit or lifestyle -- that will reliably protect the brain against a wide range of insults that lie in wait as we age: strokes, traumatic brain injury or neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Lou Gehrig's disease. The quest for such " neuro-protection " has left a littered trail of failures. But scientists keep hunting, because they suspect that there must be some common mechanism at work in all these brain conditions.
October 18, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Drinking small to moderate amounts of alcohol, which may protect people against heart disease, doesn't slow the normal brain shrinkage that comes with aging and may accelerate the process, researchers said Tuesday. They found that the more people drank, the smaller the size of their brains, according to a study in the Archives of Neurology. Even people who drank lightly -- one to seven drinks a week -- had slightly smaller brains than nondrinkers, the study found. The association was especially pronounced in women.
April 12, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Low-intensity walking may help people with Parkinson's disease improve their gait and mobility, a new study finds. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Honolulu, compared three different forms of exercise to see which was most beneficial to men and women with Parkinson's disease, which affects motor control. Researchers randomly assigned 67 people with the disease to one of three programs: a low-intensity treadmill walk for 50 minutes; a high-intensity treadmill walk for 30 minutes; and a weight and stretching regimen that included leg presses, extensions and curls.
January 25, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The confirmed high rates of domestic abuse -- or interpersonal violence -- led two major physicians' groups this week to call for routine screening of patients for signs of abuse. On Monday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement urging its members to screen women "at periodic intervals" for intimate partner violence. Pregnant women should be screened during prenatal visits, they said. About 25% of U.S. women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a current or former partner, the ACOG report notes.
October 27, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
You and your co-worker have been burning the midnight oil for a week to complete a project , and your abbreviated sleep schedule has you feeling like a zombie. Your co-worker, by contrast, bounces through the workday looking and acting none the worse for wear. There are drugs that can do this, you tell yourself, but your co-worker waves off the suggestion. “I've always been able to get by with less sleep,”  she says. Is she just more disciplined than you are? Did she train herself to “need” less sleep?
June 14, 2012
MUSIC Neurology meets performing arts in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Michael Nyman's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," a work based on the book by Oliver Sacks published in 1985. With the central hero of Sacks' work essentially being music as a man struggles to make sense of the world while struggling with visual agnosia, the 1 hour, 15 minute production should be a sight to behold. Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Through June 24. $29-$150.
December 5, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"The Descendants" Ad Hominem Enterprises U.S. release: Nov. 18 The premise Elizabeth King (Patricia Hastie) is in a water skiiing accident off Waikiki Beach. She suffers severe head trauma, falls into a deep coma and is maintained on life support for more than three weeks. Her husband, Hawaiian land baron Matthew King (George Clooney), must now assume full care of their two daughters while coping with the news that his wife had been having an affair and was preparing to leave him. Elizabeth's physician, Dr. Johnston (Milt Kogan)
A noted New York doctor has been named the new chairman of the UCI Medical Center's burgeoning neurological surgery department, hospital officials said Wednesday. Dr. Michael Dogali served for six years as director of the functional and stereotactic neurosurgery division at New York University, hospital spokeswoman Fran Tardiff said.
March 13, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Prescribing psychotropic medications to normal, healthy kids who want to boost their academic performance is "not justifiable" because it contravenes a physician's responsibility to promote a child's "authentic" development and to protect him or her against coercion by parents or peers, a group of neurologists and bioethicists has asserted. When older adolescents who are closer to the age of autonomy (or their parents) ask for such medications, arguments against the practice are weaker, the group concluded.
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