Neurological News: January 2020

Abdominal migraine: What to know Abdominal migraine: What to know
Abdominal migraine is a type of migraine that affects the stomach. It remains unclear what causes abdominal migraine, but the symptoms may be treatable using medication.
Written by Aaron Kandola | Medical News Today | January 31, 2020.
What to know about ayahuasca What to know about ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a psychoactive tea that originates from the Amazon region. Psychoactive substances affect the brain and cause people to experience changes in their mood, thinking, and behavior.
Written by Jayne Leonard | Medical News Today | January 31, 2020.
What could cause tingling in the feet or hands? What could cause tingling in the feet or hands?
Most people feel tingling in their feet or hands occasionally. Tingling in the feet or hands may feel unpleasant, but the cause is not usually serious. However, If the feet or hands tingle often, this may be the result of an underlying condition.
Written by Lana Burgess | Medical News Today | January 30, 2020.
What different types of headaches are there? What different types of headaches are there?
There are many different types of headaches, and their causes and symptoms can vary. Although most are short-lived and rarely a cause for concern, being able to recognize which kind of headache a person is experiencing can inform them how best to treat it and whether to see a doctor.
Written by Stephen Gill | Medical News Today | January 30, 2020.
What are the home remedies for vertigo? What are the home remedies for vertigo?
Vertigo, or the sensations of spinning and dizziness, can limit a person’s activities and make them feel sick. While medication is available to treat vertigo, it is not always necessary, especially when natural treatments can work just as well without side effects.
Written by Lana Barhum | Medical News Today | January 28, 2020.
Could a probiotic prevent or reverse Parkinson's? Could a probiotic prevent or reverse Parkinson’s?
A new study using a roundworm model of Parkinson’s disease found that a probiotic bacterium could prevent, and in some cases reverse, toxic protein buildup.
Written by Yella Hewings-Martin, Ph.D. | Medical News Today | January 23, 2020.
Catnip: What do we know about the feline drug? Catnip: What do we know about the feline drug?
The internet is rife with funny cat videos showing their reactions to a plant commonly known as “catnip.” What is catnip, does it affect all felines, is it safe for cats, and should humans use it? This Special Feature investigates these questions and more.
Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. | Medical News Today | January 22, 2020.
Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days
New research in pigs finds that sugar intake alters the reward-processing circuitry of the brain in a similar way to addictive drugs.
Written by Ana Sandoiu | Medical News Today | January 18, 2020.
20 causes of numbness in the hands 20 causes of numbness in the hands
A number of conditions can cause the hands to feel numb. When a person has a sensation of numbness in the hands, weakness and painful tingling sensations may also occur.
Written by Rachel Nall, MSN, CRNA | Medical News Today | January 15, 2020.
What to know about oscillopsia What to know about oscillopsia
Oscillopsia is the sensation that the surrounding environment is constantly in motion when it is, in fact, stationary.
Written by Jennifer Huizen | Medical News Today | January 14, 2020.
Could some antibiotics help treat early onset dementia? Could some antibiotics help treat early onset dementia?
The symptoms of frontotemporal, or early onset, dementia can appear as early as age 40. Have researchers found a new way to treat this condition using antibiotics?
Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. | Medical News Today | January 14, 2020.
New study could 'drastically' change how we understand Parkinson's New study could ‘drastically’ change how we understand Parkinson’s
The hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are motor symptoms that include shaking hands and slowness of movement, but specialists still do not entirely understand what causes this disease. Newly published research may now overturn prevailing notions about key Parkinson’s mechanisms.
Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. | Medical News Today | January 13, 2020.
What is the autonomic nervous system? What is the autonomic nervous system?
The autonomic nervous system is a complex network of cells that controls the body’s internal state. It regulates and supports many different internal processes, often outside of a person’s conscious awareness.
Written by Aaron Kandola | Medical News Today | January 10, 2020.
What to know about brain atrophy What to know about brain atrophy
Brain atrophy refers to a loss of brain cells or a loss in the number of connections between brain cells. People who experience brain atrophy typically develop poorer cognitive functioning as a result of this type of brain damage.
Written by Aaron Kandola | Medical News Today | January 8, 2020.
Could hydration levels influence cognitive function? Could hydration levels influence cognitive function?
Dehydration can cause headaches and several physiological issues, and older adults are most at risk of experiencing it. Does it also affect cognitive function, however? And might overhydration also affect mental performance?
Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. | Medical News Today | January 5, 2020.
What causes Alzheimer's? Not toxic amyloid, new study suggests What causes Alzheimer’s? Not toxic amyloid, new study suggests
Many researchers have argued that the accumulation of toxic beta-amyloid in the brain causes Alzheimer’s. However, a new study offers some evidence contradicting this sequence.
Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. | Medical News Today | January 4, 2020.
Scientists draw closer to a dementia vaccine Scientists draw closer to a dementia vaccine
Although a vaccine for dementia is a long way down the road, researchers recently made a few tentative steps closer. The authors of a recent study in mice hope that in the coming years, they can move into human trials.
Written by Tim Newman | Medical News Today | January 4, 2020.
What to know about vasovagal syncope What to know about vasovagal syncope
The term vasovagal syncope describes fainting that occurs in response to a sudden drop in heart rate or blood pressure. The resulting lack of blood and oxygen to the brain is what causes a person to pass out.
Written by Jenna Fletcher | Medical News Today | January 3, 2020.
Fragmented sleep may trigger migraine 2 days later Fragmented sleep may trigger migraine 2 days later
A new study finds that people whose sleep is fragmented during the night are at higher risk of experiencing a migraine episode not the next day, but the day after that.
Written by Ana Sandoiu | Medical News Today | January 2, 2020.