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Low Mortality Does Not Necessarily Equal Better Stroke Care

Low Mortality Does Not Necessarily Equal Better Stroke Care

Current efforts to grade the quality of care hospitals provide stroke patients have a big flaw according to a new study in the journal Stroke.  Measures of mortality – whether or not a stroke patient dies shortly after being admitted to a hospital – do not take into account whether these deaths occurred because of poor care or because physicians were carrying out the wishes of the patient and their family to withhold care.  

Astrocytes Key to Potential Parkinson’s Therapy

Astrocytes Key to Potential Parkinson’s Therapy

Astrocytes – cells that until only recently have been dismissed as merely brain “glue” – are becoming increasingly important and flexible tools in confronting a range of neurological disorders.  New research shows that the right kind of astrocyte can restore order and rescue cells in brains ravaged by Parkinson’s disease.  

URMC Study Chosen as One of the “Breakthroughs of the Year”

URMC Study Chosen as One of the “Breakthroughs of the Year”

At the end of each year, the editors of Science magazine sift through the previous 12 months of research and select ten “breakthroughs” that signify seminal scientific achievements.  This year’s list includes a study by URMC neuroscientists that reveals that the brain cleans itself while we sleep.

Study Links Fitness Level and HIV-related Dementia

Study Links Fitness Level and HIV-related Dementia

More and more people with HIV are reaching their 50s and beyond thanks to advances in anti-retroviral therapies.  That is good news.  However, one of the long term impacts of living with the disease is a heightened risk of cognitive problems, such as dementia and functional decline.

“Virtual” House Calls Provide Effective Parkinson’s Care

“Virtual” House Calls Provide Effective Parkinson’s Care

When James Parkinson published an essay in 1817 describing the condition that would eventually bear his name, his findings were formulated – in great part – by watching people walk the streets and parks near his home in London.  Flash forward some 200 years and this basic principal of observation could enable neurologists to provide care directly to Parkinson’s patients who are sitting in their own living rooms thousands of miles away.