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Lifestyle factors drive global stroke cost – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2016.

Over 90 percent of the death and disability caused by stroke is linked to modifiable risk factors, finds a new global study lead by a Kiwi. The authors of the new research, published in The Lancet Neurology, say that taxation could be the key to lowering these risk factors and decreasing the global burden of […]

Concussion, rugby and dementia focus of NZH investigation

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2016.

The hidden lifelong impact of concussion and head injury in rugby has been thrust into the spotlight this week by a New Zealand Herald investigation. ‘The longest goodbye: Rugby and the dementia dilemma,’ a feature article by Dylan Cleaver, forms the basis of the investigation with several news stories published alongside. The articles dig into […]

Alzheimer’s drug announcement – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 23rd, 2015.

Scientists are cautiously optimistic about new data indicating the drug solanezumab can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease – if provided early. The drug’s developer, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, this week announced preliminary findings from clinical trials investigating the drug solanezumab. Combining data from several trials, the researchers were able to show that patients who […]

Parkinson’s treatment trial completed

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2015.

New Zealand company Living Cell Technologies (LCT) have released the results of a small trial of a new Parkinson’s Disease treatment, indicating that their procedure is safe and may improve symptoms. The company’s NTCELL product is based the around implantation of cells derived from pig brain tissue, which help to support neurological function. The results […]

Plans for human ‘body transplant’ met with scepticism

Steven Trask posted in on April 16th, 2015.

An Italian surgeon’s plan to perform the first ‘full body transplant’ on a human has been met with scepticism. Published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr Sergio Canavero recently outlined his plan to graft a living person’s head onto a deceased donor body. A 29 year-old Russian man, suffering from a disease which slowly wastes […]

Peppers preventing Parkinson’s? – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 10th, 2013.

New research suggests that edible sources of nicotine may provide a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease. But independent experts are not convinced the effect is clinically significant. The study published this week in Annals of Neurology indicates that eating foods that contain even a small amount of nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes, may reduce […]

Experts Respond: Epidural stimulation treatment for paraplegia

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2011.

The Lancet has published a case study revealing a experimental treatment for spinal damage and dysfunction leading to a loss of motor function. Independent experts, while excited and optimistic, caution that the more research is needed to really assess the treatment. Rob Summers was paralysed from the chest down after a car accident in 2006, […]

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