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Stem cell therapy questionsupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 11:01:00

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on how stem cell therapy treatments overseas attract those desperate for a cure.

U.S. patients try stem cell therapies abroadupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 11:01:00

It's shortly after 5 a.m. when the phone rings, and on the line is a clearly anxious and worried parent.

People.com: Prince Talks about His Struggle with Epilepsyupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 15:09:00

The reclusive singer opens up for the first time about his childhood seizures

Stephen Hawking serves as role model for ALS patientsupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 10:54:00

Besides charting the nature of space and time and penning the bestseller "A Brief History of Time," Stephen Hawking has another distinction: He beat the life-expectancy odds for people with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Natasha's lesson helps save Ohio girlupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 08:55:00

Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed.

Should you go to the ER?updated: Wed Apr 22 2009 08:55:00

How do you know if you should go to the ER after a head injury? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the danger signs.

'Minor' head injuries can turn serious rapidly, experts sayupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 15:28:00

A blow to the head that at first seems minor and does not result in immediate pain or other symptoms can in fact turn out to be a life-threatening brain injury, experts tell CNN.

Gene linked to some cases of Lou Gehrig's disease foundupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 18:02:00

Researchers announced this week that they've found a new gene, ALS6, which is responsible for about 5 percent of hereditary Lou Gehrig's cases.

Stem cell trials to beginupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 11:15:00

Federal regulators have cleared the way for the first trials of human embryonic stem-cell research. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

FDA approves human embryonic stem cell studyupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 11:15:00

Federal regulators have cleared the way for the first human trials of human embryonic stem-cell research, authorizing researchers to test whether the cells are safe to use in spinal injury patients, the company behind the trials announced Friday.

Brain implant better than meds for Parkinson's diseaseupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 20:58:00

People with Parkinson's disease who have a pacemaker-like device implanted in the brain spend an extra four-plus hours a day free of tremors and involuntary movements than they do on medication, according to the largest study of the treatment, which is known as deep brain stimulation.

Teen years risky for kids with seizure disorder, expert saysupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 17:04:00

Chronic seizures can present a risk for adolescents, whose bodies and metabolism are changing.

Statins not a wonder drug for Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:55:00

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are often hailed as "wonder drugs." But a study published in the January 2008 issue of the journal Neurology says they don't protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.

What could be causing my daughter's hallucinations?updated: Tue Dec 16 2008 18:44:00

My 9-year-old daughter with a diagnosis of childhood absence epilepsy (currently treated with Depakote) has had two separate episodes, six months apart, where she heard voices telling her to hurt herself and run away. Each episode lasted two weeks. Would the only possible causes for hallucinations be depression/bipolar, or can you list some other possibilities?

Vet battles diseaseupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 21:58:00

Photojournalist Bethany Swain introduces us to a veteran suffering from ALS, a disease linked to military service.

A vet's battle with Lou Gehrig's diseaseupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 21:58:00

Thomas Cuddy enlisted in the U.S. Army 28 years ago, but he's facing his greatest battle now that he's out.

Do migraines with auras increase the risk of stroke?updated: Wed Nov 19 2008 14:06:00

A 2007 study indicates that women who have migraines with auras are at increased risk for stroke. The study, led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, looked at 1,000 African-American and white women from ages 15 to 49 and was published in the journal Stroke in August 2007.

Explaining Biden's aneurysmsupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 13:24:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains brain aneurysms such as the one suffered 20 years ago by Sen. Joe Biden.

Seizure-alert dogs give new freedom to epilepsy sufferersupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 09:35:00

Ben, who's 15 months old, can already do a lot of things. He can turn on a light or open a door. He can pick up a remote control off the floor. He can pull a heavy object with his teeth.

Dogs help seizure patientsupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 09:35:00

Man's best friend may be a lifesaver for those with epilepsy as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

Time.com: Alzheimer's Protein Tracked in Injured Brainsupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 20:00:00

cientists for the first time have peered into people's brains to directly measure the ebb and flow of a substance notorious for its role in Alzheimer's disease

Survey estimates 1 percent of adults have active epilepsyupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 17:59:00

An estimated one percent of adults have active epilepsy, and many of them are getting insufficient treatment, according to a 19-state survey released Thursday.

Breakthrough drug 'could halt' Alzheimer'supdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 14:42:00

British researchers say a new drug could effectively halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, offering hope to millions.

Time.com: Alzheimer's Research Holds Promiseupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 22:00:00

In a field of inquiry that has yielded much disappointment, scientists studying Alzheimer's disease announce some hopeful news

Treating Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 14:52:00

Researchers are studying whether blood pressure drugs can be used to treat Alzheimer's.

Time.com: Fit Alzheimer's Patients Better Offupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 10:00:00

Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who performed better on a treadmill test had less atrophy in the areas of the brain that control memory

Time.com: Alzheimer's Vaccine Stopped Plaque, Not Dementiaupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 14:00:00

Some doctors have long suspected that if the plaque that builds up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease could be removed, they could be saved. But a new vaccine that did just that suggests the theory is wrong

Alzheimer's and fitnessupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 09:52:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how exercise could prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer's.

Time.com: New Clue to the Cause of Alzheimer'supdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 17:35:00

The brains of people with the memory-robbing form of dementia are cluttered with a plaque made up of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein

Early Alzheimer's patients pressing for research, resourcesupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 11:34:00

Don Hayen has a handy way of deflecting the instant pity that comes when he reveals his Alzheimer's disease: "But I haven't lost my keys all day," he quickly jokes.

Antidepressants could help stroke victims from the startupdated: Tue May 27 2008 18:04:00

Doctors may want to give stroke victims antidepressants right away instead of waiting until they develop depression, a common complication, new research suggests.

Time.com: Did Ted Kennedy Suffer a Stroke?updated: Sat May 17 2008 16:00:00

Reports that he had a seizure do not preclude that it was a stroke as well, especially given his medical history

Time.com: Study: Painkillers Don't Help Elderlyupdated: Mon May 12 2008 20:00:00

Results from a large government experiment are dimming hopes that two common painkillers can prevent Alzheimer's disease

Jolting the brain fights deep depressionupdated: Wed May 07 2008 18:32:00

Imagine what a pacemaker does to your heart: Its electrical impulses regulate a heartbeat that's out of whack.

Birth control pills, salon haircuts can raise stroke riskupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 10:22:00

In April 1993, Britt Harwe, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was in a good place in her life. She was 26 years old and married to a wonderful guy, and they had a daughter, Caitlin, who was just about to turn 2. She had a job she loved, too. As a customer-service representative at an insurance agency, she'd spend long hours with a phone cradled between her neck and shoulder. So when she woke up one morning with an extremely painful stiff neck, she wasn't surprised -- just a little concerned. "I wanted to get it taken care of right away because I didn't know if I'd be able to work or take care of my daughter," she says.

Time.com: Sleepiness and Stroke Riskupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 18:00:00

A new study suggests that excessive daytime drowsiness may foretell a risk for stroke and other vascular disorders

SI.com: Tim Layden: Kevin Everett is making big strides thanks to aggressive medical careupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 16:09:00

Every step is precious now. Every movement is a gift. Every morning brings another sunrise, full of sweet promise. When Kevin Everett was a little boy growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, he would sit with his grandpa James Nico, and the older man would explain to him life's lessons. One of them was this: Don't ever be bitter. Just keep doing your best, even when things aren't looking so good.

CNN Heroes finalists: Championing Childrenupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 00:30:00

A doctor helping Ethiopians, a man with Tourette's syndrome who started a camp for fellow sufferers and a former software manager who feeds the hungry in Kenya have been named CNN Heroes finalists for their work "Championing Children."

Championing Children finalistsupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 00:30:00

Meet three CNN Heroes finalists who are 'Championing Children': Dr. Rick Hodes, Scott Loeff and Steve Peifer.

Help! I'm not feeling betterupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 10:16:00

When teacher Karen Myhre fell to the floor after taking attendance one morning, her third-graders knew exactly what to do: Ring the bell to alert the school office, and run to get the school nurse.

CNN Heroes: Fighting paralysis with Gloria Estefanupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 15:48:00

Latin pop diva Gloria Estefan and former Citadel linebacker Marc Buoniconti have each suffered paralyzing injuries.

Sharing the Spotlightupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 15:48:00

Singer Gloria Estefan's CNN Hero has turned his battle with paralysis into a nationwide campaign.

People.com: Milo Ventimiglia: Hayden and I Are 'Close Friends'updated: Thu Nov 15 2007 17:23:00

Since cozying up at an Emmys party in September, Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere have dodged rumors that they are dating.

CNN Heroes: Actor salutes brain surgeonupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 16:02:00

When actor Forest Whitaker's grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer in the late 1990s, she was told her tumor was inoperable and that she had only months to live.

Sharing the spotlightupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 16:02:00

Actor Forest Whitaker's hero is a top surgeon who is introducing young minds to the profession he loves.

Time.com: Is Alzheimer's a Form of Diabetes?updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 15:00:00

New research shows that insulin plays a key role in the brain -- and in the onset of Alzheimer's disease, prompting some researchers to call it "type 3" diabetes

VR helping aid stroke recovery updated: Mon Sep 24 2007 06:55:00

Anyone who has suffered and survived a stroke will know of its devastating consequences and will be painfully aware that the road back to a normal life is a long and frustrating journey.

Time.com: Does Justice Roberts Have Epilepsy?updated: Tue Jul 31 2007 14:00:00

The Chief Justice's second seizure means he classified in medical terms as an epileptic. But that doesn't mean the episodes will impair him, or even require any treatment

Doctor, lawyer analyze seizureupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 03:45:00

Doctor, lawyer analyze seizure

Chief justice leaves hospital after seizureupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 03:45:00

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts left a Maine hospital Tuesday after an overnight stay following a seizure at his vacation home.

SI.com: Arash Markazi: Billauer hasn't slowed down since surfing accidentupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 03:01:00

Jesse Billauer rolls into the Beverly Hills Hotel with a blonde bombshell by his side and immediately attracts everyone's attention as soon as he opens his mouth. The tanned surfer is telling his friends to hold on to their girlfriends tight or he just might nab them up before the night is done. His friends laugh but quickly tighten their grip on their significant others. They know Billauer too well.

Time.com: Alzheimer's Cases May Quadrupleupdated: Thu Jun 14 2007 02:50:00

More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050

Neurological condition linked to obesity surgery updated: Mon Mar 12 2007 16:02:00

Some obese people who have weight-loss surgery, particularly younger women, develop a neurological condition most often seen in severe alcoholics and linked to a vitamin deficiency, researchers said Monday.

Parkinson's cause still mostly a mysteryupdated: Mon Mar 05 2007 18:53:00

It's estimated 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease are diagnosed each year in the United States. Dr. John Growden of Massachusetts General Hospital has been studying the condition for 25 years. He spoke with CNN about the incurable brain disorder.

Multiple sclerosis hits women more than menupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 12:23:00

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease that can produce mild to severe symptoms. Dr. David Dawson, a neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, spoke with CNN about the condition.

CNNMoney: FDA to consider depression-fighting machineupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 11:07:00

Millions of Americans have gotten used to popping pills for depression, but the antidepressant of the future might be a machine that pulses magnetic waves through the brain.

Facial twitching hurts quality of lifeupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 09:23:00

Although she loved the memories they made on vacations together, Sandra Thai regularly threw out a good number of the snapshots of her husband, Dinh.

FSB: The next little thing: Where are they now?updated: Tue Dec 05 2006 12:01:00

The latest news on companies previously profiled by FSB.By Emily Maltby and Brandi Stewart

FSB: Where Are They Now?updated: Fri Dec 01 2006 00:01:00

IN THE 2004 "NEXT LITTLE Thing" issue, FSB featured Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, a medical-device firm in Foxborough, Mass., that helps the severely disabled. The company's BrainGate devi...

Studies: Military service may boost Lou Gehrig's disease riskupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 16:22:00

Military service may slightly increase the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, but more research is needed, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.

Diabetes, obesity can increase your Alzheimer's riskupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 12:20:00

November is National Alzheimer's Disease month. CNN medical correspondent Judy Fortin talked about the illness with Dr. John Morris, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

CNNMoney: Pfizer gets an off-label messageupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 12:24:00

Pfizer faces a lawsuit claiming it marketed the cholesterol-reducing drug Lipitor for non-approved purposes -- a claim it may hear a lot as states battle costs due to expanded Medicare drug coverage.

Doctor's specialty is re-wiring brainupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 15:16:00

Dr. Ali Rezai is a doctor of last resort.

Brain chip research aims for future movement updated: Wed Feb 22 2006 14:18:00

Matthew Nagel awoke from a two-week coma in the summer of 2001 to learn he was paralyzed from the neck down.

Stroke expertise started in fish tankupdated: Tue Feb 21 2006 12:20:00

When Larry Goldstein was in high school, his biology class project was to study the brains of goldfish -- their memory and how they learn.

CNNMoney: Cholesterol drugs can save stroke patients' lives tooupdated: Thu Feb 16 2006 11:38:00

Drugs that lower cholesterol also have life-saving potential for stroke patients, according to a study released Thursday. Investing analysts doubt that this new benefit will add momentum to drug sales.

Epilepsy can't stop U.S. Olympic goalieupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 14:25:00

Chanda Gunn's goal was to be in the goal crease for the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team, and she was not about to let epilepsy shut her out.

Experts: Sharon eye-flickering no real signupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 14:29:00

Reports that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's eyelids flickered as he recovers from a major stroke isn't a sign that he is waking from his medically induced coma, medical experts said.

Experts: Sharon not out of the woodsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 11:34:00

Medical experts predict a grim future for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon even if he defies the odds and survives the terrible trauma to his brain.

Baby Noor 'responsive and smiling'updated: Sat Dec 31 2005 16:50:00

Baby Noor, a 3-month-old Iraqi girl in need of urgent surgery to treat a dangerous birth defect, is in good condition and will undergo her operation within the next 10 days, according to a Saturday statement from the hospital where she's being treated.

Infant begins mercy mission to United Statesupdated: Fri Dec 30 2005 08:51:00

A mercy airlift from Iraq to the United States got under way Friday, as the U.S. military helped an Iraqi infant named Noor receive treatment for a potentially fatal birth defect.

Baby Noor resting before trip to U.S.updated: Thu Dec 29 2005 18:55:00

Baby Noor, a 3-month-old Iraqi girl in urgent need of medical attention to treat a potentially fatal birth defect, was resting early Friday at a U.S. base in western Baghdad before being flown to the United States for treatment.

Saving Iraqi baby a new mission for U.S. troopsupdated: Wed Dec 28 2005 11:24:00

When troops from the Georgia National Guard raided a Baghdad home in early December, they had no idea that their mission in Iraq would take a different turn.

Nose stem cells to help spinal patientsupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 12:07:00

British surgeons hope a new procedure using stem cells from the lining of the nose will help mend severed nerves of paralyzed patients and may one day allow them to walk again.

'I had brain surgery while I was awake'updated: Mon Nov 07 2005 07:17:00

Rayilyn Brown, 69, has lived with the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease for nearly a decade. Two years ago, she underwent a treatment call deep brain stimulation, which, along with "brain pacemakers" have improved her quality of life. Here is her story:

'Mind talk' device helps paralyzed updated: Wed Sep 28 2005 10:31:00

Japanese scientists have created a device that could enable severely paralyzed people to communicate simply by measuring changes in their cerebral blood flow.

Stem cell hope for spinal injuriesupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 07:46:00

Scientists in the U.S. have successfully used neural stem cells to regenerate damaged spinal cord tissue in mice, raising hopes that the technique could be used to treat disabilities caused by spinal cord injuries and human neurological disorders.

Robot workout for stroke sufferersupdated: Mon Aug 15 2005 06:49:00

MIT scientists are hoping to create a "workout area" for stroke sufferers that incorporates smart therapeutic robots to help patients regain movement of their bodies.

Choosing their timeupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 12:45:00

The next contentious end-of-life issue: assisted suicide. How Oregon offers a way out.

Ex-smoker wins $17.1 million damage awardupdated: Tue Mar 29 2005 00:34:00

A New York jury Monday awarded punitive damages of $17.1 million against Philip Morris USA in a case in which a 72-year-old woman said her lung cancer and neurological disorder were caused by smoking.

Fortune: One Family's Cause May Cure A Diseaseupdated: Mon May 17 2004 00:01:00

Jenifer Estess was just 35 years old--the same age as Lou Gehrig--when she was diagnosed with the degenerative disease named for the baseball great, which affects 30,000 people in the U.S. The succ...

Fortune: Reefer Sanityupdated: Mon Nov 24 2003 00:01:00

If you're among those of us who did inhale, you'll recall one of the weed's enjoyable side effects: intense attacks of the munchies that sent you scurrying for baked beans and Moon Pies faster than...

Money Magazine: The Man Who Knows Too Much Neurologist William Bernstein has some unorthodox ideas about what it takes to updated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

The next time someone tells you that doctors are the worst investors, just mention William Bernstein, M.D. In 1990, Bernstein, a neurologist on the coast of Oregon, decided to cut his workload in h...

Fortune: Memory as competitive edge Pop a pill to sharpen your recall? That's not science fiction, says Merck's Dennis Choi.updated: Mon May 12 2003 00:01:00

Even as scientists race to develop drugs that combat the devastating memory loss of Alzheimer's disease, they are closing in on fixes for garden-variety "senior moments." Pharmaceutical maker Merck...

Fortune: Alzheimer's Uneaseupdated: Mon Oct 28 2002 00:01:00

A common concern I hear from patients is that they're having trouble remembering names and dates. What they're really worried about is Alzheimer's disease. Anyone who's seen someone struggling with...

Money Magazine: The Trouble With Humans Why rats and pigeons might make better investors than people doupdated: Wed Nov 01 2000 00:01:00

Humans have a remarkable ability to detect patterns. That's helped our species survive, enabling us to plant crops at the right time of year and evade wild animals. But when it comes to investing, ...

Fortune: Celera, The Genome, And The Fruit-Fly Lady The race to decode the genome is all about making history, not getting dibs on a pot updated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

First, a confession: Weeks ago I grew weary of the relentless roll of journalistic drums about the imminent decoding of the human genome. Sure, it's biology's moon shot. True, it will pave the way ...

Fortune: How Smart Is Medtronic Really? "The Microsoft of medical devices" is what Wall Street calls the pacemaker king, which also makesupdated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

Way back in 1949, Earl Bakken, the co-founder of Medtronic, outlined his 100-year plan. His company then was nothing more than a hospital-equipment repair shop, and the notion of implanting electri...

Money Magazine: THE LETHAL DANGERS OF THE BILLION-DOLLAR VACCINE BUSINESS WITH GOVERNMENT APPROVAL, DRUG COMPANIES SELL updated: Sun Dec 01 1996 00:01:00

When Miriam Silvermintz of Fair Lawn, N.J. took her seven-month-old son Nathan to the pediatrician for his third series of vaccinations on Feb. 18, 1991, she was thrilled to hear the doctor say her...

Fortune: NEW GAINS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PAIN Thanks to recent research, millions dogged by chronic pain are finding hope. One surprise: Supdated: Mon Mar 22 1993 00:01:00

THE WINSOME schoolgirl at right below, Jennifer Darling, 17, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, suffers from one of the most terrifying and mysterious conditions challenging modern medicine. It goes by t...

Fortune: THE INSIDE STORY ON THE BRAIN With the help of biotech tools, computerized scanners, and nine macaque monkeys, scientists have aupdated: Mon Dec 03 1990 00:01:00

WHEN HIS PARENTS brought 3-month-old Jacob Stark to UCLA's medical school last winter, he was stricken with infantile spasms, a pernicious form of epilepsy that starts at birth. Dozens of times a d...

Fortune: HERE COME POLITICAL ENTREPRENEURS And their model, for better or worse, will be Tony Coelho, the California Congressman who is tupdated: Mon Nov 21 1988 00:01:00

Cometh now another investigative reporter trumpeting the evils of how corporations, unions, and trade associations give money to Senators and Congressmen. His book is called Honest Graft; his name ...

Fortune: BREAKTHROUGH IN THE BRAIN Drug companies are finding ways past a natural barrier that blocks treatment of tumors and such diseasupdated: Mon Mar 28 1988 00:01:00

THE BRAIN HAS a built-in guardian that keeps hostile substances from reaching it through the bloodstream. That biological obstacle is a mixed blessing, because it also bars the path to drugs that c...

Fortune: PEOPLE AT THE FRONTIERS OF SCIENCEupdated: Mon Oct 13 1986 00:01:00

IN THE AGE of large-scale science, when research goals become national priorities and individual laboratory budgets can surpass the billion-dollar mark, the lone scientist still plays a central rol...

Fortune: MEDICINE'S NEXT MARVEL: THE MEMORY PILL In five years drug companies will probably be marketing pills that aid victims of Alzheiupdated: Mon Jan 20 1986 00:01:00

WE'D ALL LIKE a better memory, but for most of us the occasional lapse is only a fleeting embarrassment. Not so for the more than 25 million Americans over 65, whose ranks are growing three times f...

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