Category Archives: Neurology

The Surgical Executioner: Transplantation Of The Head

A neurosurgeon will be performing a head transplant at the end of the year. The head of a paralysed patient is supposed to be matched to a new body. "Is this still medical treatment?" is the question being asked not only by people, but now also by highly respected more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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Depression: The Pleasure Pacemaker

For patients with severe treatment-resistant depression, there may soon be a new treatment option. In one four-year study, seven out of eight patients benefited from deep brain stimulation. Four of the patients were cured. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Magnesium Oil: Transdermal Bull

Manufacturers have come up with the idea of offering "miraculous" magnesium preparations for application on the skin. But can magnesium ultimately enter the bloodstream through transdermal application? If one looks for evidence, one is quickly overcome by more...

Nociception: More Pain No Gain For Women?

When women and men feel pain, their respective signalling and threshold levels often differ greatly. It is therefore all the more important to take both genders into account in research, both in studies of humans and in those conducted on laboratory animals. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

An Elevated CPK (CK) May Not Indicate A Medical Problem

An elevated CPK lab test may occur in active children, joggers, and other conditions. No diagnosis of muscular dystrophy should ever be made because of a single increased CPK. A complete work-up should be done if there is a question of muscle weakness. more...

Autism: Early Bird Diagnosis

Recognition of autism spectrum disorder currently occurs at the earliest at two years of age. This could soon change due to MRI-based diagnostics – at least for "high-risk children" from families which already have an autistic sibling. But does such an early more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Glioblastoma: Remission Rather Than Progression

For the first time American neurosurgeons have employed genetically modified T cells in the treatment of a solid tumour. One patient with recurrent and multifocal glioblastoma ended up being in remission for about seven months. more...

BraINtestine

Recently, scientists from California (USA) revealed the role of gut bacteria in the progress of Parkinson's disease. Antibiotic treatment of mice overexpressing α-Synuclein ameliorated pathophysiology in adult animals, conceivably provides a new approach to treating more...

Blog entry by Lucie Proksch

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Hands Off

Trigeminal neuralgia – for those affected this means violent unilateral facial pain. Not infrequently, it is accompanied by depressive moods. Chiropractic interventions promise quick relief without side effects. Experts criticise this approach. more...

Phobias: The Algo As Fear Initiator

Neuroscientists have managed to remove fear-afflicted memories from the brains of volunteers. Their tools: algorithms ("algos"), and small rewards. A glimmer of hope for patients who wish to avoid confrontation therapy. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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