Latest Neurological disorders News

Deaths from brain, heart problems higher for NFL than MLB

May. 24, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pro football players may be more likely to die from degenerative brain diseases and heart problems than baseball players but the reasons are unclear, a new study suggests. The differences may seem obvious. Repeated head blows have been linked with a wasting brain disease in football players....

Faces of concussions: NHL's head-on battle with an epidemic

May. 23, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) — Wearing a black shirt with "Fight for your happiness" on the front and "Sick not weak" on the back, Daniel Carcillo eats an apple as his wife makes a cappuccino nearby and their oldest daughter scampers around the kitchen. This is the family he always wanted, just not the life he...

Judge: Ex-NFL players must see neurologists close to home

May. 17, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired NFL players seeking testing as part of a $1 billion concussion settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and "doctor shopping," the federal judge overseeing the case ruled. Lawyers for thousands of ex-players complain their clients agreed to the 2013...

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

May. 14, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise. About 50 million people currently have dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common type. Each year brings 10...

The Latest: Google unveils privacy plan to limit cookies

May. 7, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Google conference in California (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Google says it's working to overhaul its Chrome browser to let users limit the number of tracking cookies that follow you around. The privacy-focused announcement from Google comes as tech companies are...

NFL concussion fund pays out $485M, but legal fights resume

May. 7, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL concussion fund has paid out nearly $500 million in its first two years, but some players' lawyers say there aren't enough doctors in the approved network to evaluate dementia claims. They went to court Tuesday to oppose a rule to require retired players to be tested by doctors...

It seems like Alzheimer's but peek into brain shows a mimic

Apr. 30, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some people told they have Alzheimer's may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither is yet curable, it's critical to get better at telling different kinds of dementia apart. Too often, the word dementia is used interchangeably...

Syrian woman in wheelchair tells UN disabled are invisible

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 20-year-old Syrian woman with cerebral palsy told the United Nations on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities already "were forgotten in times of peace" and are struggling to survive in her country's long war as they "remain invisible." Nujeen Mustafa...

Correction: Film-Monty Python-Anniversary story

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story April 17 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Michael Palin is 65 and Terry Gilliam is 68. Palin is 75 and Gilliam is 78. A corrected version of the story is below: Monty Python celebrate 'Life of Brian,' honor ailing Jones Celebrations for the 40th...

Senior's weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

Apr. 15, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a "You've won a prize" voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren't on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer's disease. Elder fraud is a huge...