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Ketamine for Parkinson's? Clinical trial in the works
The most common drug for treating Parkinson's disease can have potentially disabling side effects. Researchers believe these could be relieved by ketamine. (Medical News Today)

Chemicals in plastic stunt brain growth in rats
A study finds that exposure to phthalates — compounds found in plastics — reduces the brain volume in rats and produces measurable cognitive deficits. (Medical News Today)

Potential new MS drug could regenerate myelin
A study finds that blocking the M3R receptor improves myelination in mice implanted with human progenitor cells, maybe leading to clinical trials in MS. (Medical News Today)

Chronic pain: New compound may replace opioids
Researchers have designed a drug that may soon be a safe, effective alternative to opioids for treating moderate-to-severe chronic pain. (Medical News Today)

How to stop shivering
Shivering usually occurs when a person is too cold, but there are other possible causes. These include fever, stress, low blood sugar, and anxiety. Shivering generally resolves on its own, but treatment may be necessary for some underlying causes. Here, learn more about the causes of shivering and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Could beef jerky contribute to manic episodes?
Researchers have found that beef jerky and other processed meats may play a role in triggering manic episodes. But why would that happen? (Medical News Today)

MS: Iron levels in brain 'predict disability'
A new type of MRI that accurately monitors irons levels in different brain areas could help identify MS patients at higher risk of physical disability. (Medical News Today)

How emotions may impact tumor growth
Our emotions can impact our physical well-being, but to what extent? New research suggests that they may even play a role in the immune response to cancer. (Medical News Today)

What to know about macrocephaly
Macrocephaly is the term for an unusually large head. This can occur due to a family history of the condition, or it could indicate an underlying medical problem, such as a genetic syndrome. In this article, learn about the causes of an abnormally large head in infants and how doctors diagnose and treat the condition. (Medical News Today)

Cerebral edema: Everything you need to know
Cerebral edema refers to swelling in the brain caused by trapped fluid. Common causes include a traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor, or infection. In this article, learn about the symptoms of cerebral edema, as well as how doctors diagnose and treat the condition. We also cover the outlook. (Medical News Today)

Melanoma: Immunotherapy for brain metastases 'doubles survival'
A new study into U.S. cancer data finds that checkpoint blockade immunotherapy doubles median overall survival in melanoma patients with brain metastases. (Medical News Today)

Spinal stroke: Causes, treatment, and outcome
Strokes in the spinal cord are rare, accounting for just over 1 percent of all strokes. They can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain in the neck and back, long-term paralysis, and incontinence. In this article, learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatment. We also cover what to expect during recovery. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D offers no protection against Alzheimer's
Systematic review of clinical studies finds no robust evidence that vitamin D protects the brain against diseases such as Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinson's. (Medical News Today)

How does exercise help consolidate new motor skills?
If you want to pick up a new motor skill, you may want to do some exercise between practice sessions. This helps your brain remember better, but how? (Medical News Today)

High blood pressure may increase dementia risk
A new study looking at links between hypertension in later life and brain health finds an increased risk of Alzheimer's hallmarks and brain lesions. (Medical News Today)

What is pregabalin?
Pregabalin oral capsule is used to treat neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. It’s also used with other seizure drugs to treat partial onset seizures. Pregabalin oral capsule is only available as the brand-name drug Lyrica. It's not available as a generic drug. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Medical News Today)

New chronic fatigue syndrome test is 84 percent accurate
Researchers have developed a diagnostic test that can predict who has myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome with 84 percent accuracy. (Medical News Today)

Existing drug may help to treat aggressive brain cancer
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that is often therapy resistant. New research finds hope in an existing drug that may enhance treatment. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: A stroke experience
My name is Tracy Lyn Lomagno and I'm a 45-year-old dental assistant. Earlier this year, I had a stroke, and my life changed dramatically. (Medical News Today)

Common cause of dementia may be treatable
A study saw that drugs that stabilize the cells lining small blood vessels in the brain reversed symptoms of a common cause of stroke and dementia in rats. (Medical News Today)

You may be partly conscious under general anesthesia
Under anesthesia, do we completely lose consciousness, or does part of it persist but in a different form? New research investigates. (Medical News Today)

'Skinny fat' linked to cognitive decline, study warns
Obesity and loss of muscle mass, independently, increase the risk of cognitive decline in older adults. Put them together, and the risk is exacerbated. (Medical News Today)

Brain area that controls the pitch of human speech revealed
A new study investigating the brain and speech finds the region of the brain responsible for our ability to change the pitch of our voice. (Medical News Today)

Play ball or go rogue? Oxytocin affects cooperative behavior
Oxytocin, 'the love hormone,' plays a key role in human bonding. A new study now investigates this hormone's impact on cooperative behavior more closely. (Medical News Today)

Why might sleep apnea raise dementia risk?
A new study finds that obstructive sleep apnea is tied to brain structure alterations found in early dementia and that low blood oxygen might be a factor. (Medical News Today)

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