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Neurology
 
Brain Scans Let 'Locked-In' ALS Patients Communicate...
SOURCES: Marie-Christine Nizzi, Ph.D., psychology instructor, Mind, Brain and Behavior Initiative, Harvard University, and associate researcher, psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital and associate researcher, behavioral neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cambridge and Boston; Niels Birbaumer, Ph.D., senior professor, University of Tubingen, Germany, and professor emeritus, neuroscience and psychology, Wyss Center of Bio and Neuroengineering, Geneva, Switzerland; Frank Guenther, Ph.D., M.S., professor, speech, language, and hearing sciences and biomedical engineering, Boston University; Jan. 31, 2017, PLOS Biology, online
1/31/2017

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 -- Brain imaging enabled four severely "locked-in" patients -- all conscious and aware but unable to communicate -- to answer yes-and-no questions, researchers report.

One patient, at the request of his family, was asked whether he'd allow his daughter to marry her ...

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Does Mercury in Fish Play a Role in ALS?...
SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, Feb. 20, 2017
2/20/2017

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 -- Eating mercury-laden seafood may raise the risk of developing ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), preliminary research suggests.

The report warns of possible harm from fish containing the most mercury, such as swordfish and shark. It doesn't suggest a higher risk...

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Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain...
SOURCE: AARP, news release, Feb. 14, 2017
2/20/2017

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 -- Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds.

"It's not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older," said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and dire...

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