Tag: brain

FDA issues warning about risky vein opening procedure

BY LINDA A. JOHNSON TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen them and improve blood flow. The FDA said it has seen no evidence the procedure – called transvascular autonomic modulation, or TVAM – is safe or effective. It’s similar to balloon angioplasty, which is commonly used to open up clogged heart arteries....

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Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain

CHICAGO (AP) — Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less common among those who engaged in mind-stimulating activities. The results don’t apply to costly, computer-based games that purport to keep the brain sharp – those were not studied. The benefits were found from activities that many seniors have access to. "They don’t...

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State Rep. Armando Martinez Struck by Stray Bullet on New Years Eve

“The bullet, it was a 223 long arm bullet, and from what we saw. If you’re looking at the cranium, the bullet went straight down into the brain. So, a couple of millimeter more, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” These are pictures taken by family members of the bullet that was lodged in his head, and had to be removed. We spoke exclusively to District 39 State Representative Armando Martinez — about a dramatic scare that occurred New Years Eve. Representative Martinez is recovering from that stray bullet wound to his head. This happened near the 5400...

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Valley Native Battles for Life After Shooting in South Carolina

Elsa (KFXV) — We begin tonight with a valley native who continues to recover in a South Carolina hospital after being shot in the head. This is a story you will only see on Fox News. We spoke to the Leal family who says they were expecting John Anthony Leal to come home and spend this Christmas with them together as a family. Now that’s something that won’t be happening. Kendra Lozano remembers the exact moment she received the call from her mother. The call telling her that her brother John, born and raised in Elsa, had been shot...

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Texas to launch massive youth-athlete concussion study

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — This week, Texas will launch what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. The University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing body for public high school sports, is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center for the project, from which they hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes. A state as large as Texas, which has more than 800,000 public high school athletes, would be a key step in developing a...

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