Entries in American Academy of Neurology (2)


Study: Amphetamine Use May Increase Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Amphetamine-based medications prescribed to increase wakefulness and focus in people suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may put users at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study.

The study’s authors, who presented their findings at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology on Sunday, analyzed data from more than 66,000 people who reported using amphetamine-based medications between 1964 and 1973. After an average 39 years of followup, the authors found that those who had reported taking medications Benzedrine or Dexedrine were 56 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who didn’t take the drugs.

A significant flaw, however, in the design of the study – conducted by Kaiser Permanente Northern California – makes its conclusion questionable. Because data was self-reported, people may not have provided accurate responses. More importantly, critics of the study say, is that the information was gathered at a single time, leaving the authors unaware of other risk factors that could, over a 40-year period, have modified the patients’ risk of developing Parkinson’s.

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Neurologists Issue New Guidance on Sports-Related Concussions

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAINT PAUL, Minn) -- The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new warning to coaches advising them to pay better attention to head injuries that could have long-lasting and permanent effects on young athletes.

According to the American Academy of Neurology, no athlete displaying symptoms of a concussion should return to play until they’ve been thoroughly examined by a neurologist or physician with proper training.  Furthermore, the academy’s new position statement specifies that a certified athletic trainer should be on hand during all athletic events, including practices, to ascertain the possibility that a player may have suffered a concussion.

The government estimates that there are three million sports-related concussions every year.  Concussions rank second to car accidents as the major cause of traumatic brain injuries in people ages 15 to 24.

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