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My “Finger Twitch” Turned out to Be Brain Inflammation

When this young, healthy woman developed symptoms that progressed from cramped fingers to hallucinations and seizures, her doctors thought she was losing her mind. Actually, she was losing her brain. Courtesy Nicole Palermo A twitch in her right pinky finger? Weird, thought 18-year-old Olivia Palermo, but hardly alarming. It was the summer of 2018, she… Read More »

Stem cells implanted into the brain stop epilepsy seizures in rats

CasarsaGuru/Getty By Clare Wilson For people with severe epilepsy, no medication is effective – but a radical approach of implanting stem cells into the brain could stop seizures at their source. The technique, which has so far shown promise in rats, would involve taking some of a patient’s own skin cells and turning them into… Read More »

Medical News Today: Parkinson's: Dietary compound moves toxic protein from gut to brain

A recent study in rats reveals that a now-banned herbicide and a common food-derived chemical can work together to produce symptoms similar to those present in Parkinson’s disease. A recent study deepens our understanding of how Parkinson’s disease begins in the gut. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition. Brain cells in the substantia nigra —… Read More »