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Rowling Makes Huge Move for MS Research

The 'Harry Potter' author's mother had the disease and died at 45

(Newser) - JK Rowling's mother had multiple sclerosis and died from complications of the disease at age 45. Now, the Harry Potter scribe is making a big move to fight the disease: She's donating $18.8 million for new facilities at a research center named after her mom, the AP... More »

Florida's Big Cats Are Stumbling, and No One Knows Why

Panthers and bobcats in Florida appear to be afflicted with disabling nerve disorder

(Newser) - There's a problem with Florida's big cats. The New York Times reports on a bunch of strange sightings of panthers and a bobcat in the Sunshine State, caught on trail cameras, that show the felines having trouble walking, caused by an apparent neurological disorder. Kittens seem to be... More »

Eat and Leave, Restaurant Tells Family of Special Needs Child

Manager says there was a noise complaint

(Newser) - Amanda Braun has a $20 credit for Outback Steakhouse that she can use anytime. She doesn't think so. Braun says her family was having dinner last weekend at an Outback in Glen Burnie, Maryland, when a manager asked them to finish eating and leave, WJLA reports. Another customer had... More »

She Was Teaching in Thailand. Suddenly, She Couldn't Move

Family of 22-year-old Caroline Bradner trying to get her home after Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosis

(Newser) - Caroline Bradner traveled nearly 9,000 miles to "teach English, to travel, and make a difference in this world." Now the family of the 22-year-old Virginian is trying to get her home after she was suddenly stricken by a rare disorder that left her paralyzed from the neck... More »

Deadly Tick Disease Has Experts Issuing Dire Warnings

Expert says we should be 'very scared' about Powassan virus

(Newser) - There's an emerging tick-borne disease spreading across the US, and it has infectious disease experts sounding the alarm. The so-called Powassan virus, which the CDC reports is related to West Nile, is still very rare, with only about 75 cases reported in the past decade. But it is far... More »

Texas Woman Comes Out of Surgery With British Accent

Lisa Alamia was born and raised in Lone Star State but doesn't sound like it anymore

(Newser) - When Lisa Alamia says the word "kitten," she's not talking about a cat—it's just what it sounds like when the Texas woman says "kidding," a British affectation that isn't an affectation at all, but a symptom of the foreign accent syndrome she... More »

Your Essence Is Rooted in Your Character, Not Intellect

Who we are may have more to do with what we stand for than what we know

(Newser) - In an attempt to begin to tackle the age-old question of what shapes one's identity, researchers at Duke and the University of Arizona surveyed the caregivers of those with different neurodegenerative diseases to see which ones seemed most likely to strip away the essence of a person. Reporting in... More »

Glenn Beck: I'm Very Sick

Conservative pundit says he has neurological disease

(Newser) - Glenn Beck said today that he suffers from a severe neurological disease that doctors are unable to diagnose, Mediabistro reports. Appearing on TheBlaze, the conservative pundit says doctors have given him five to 10 years before he's unable to function. He also divulged seizures dating back to his time... More »

Erin Brockovich Probes Teen Illness Mystery

Investigates possible ties between teens in Le Roy, NY, and chemical spill

(Newser) - A handful of teens at a New York state high school are suffering from a mysterious illness—and Erin Brockovich is on the case. Some 15 Le Roy teens, mostly girls, have displayed facial and verbal tics, including sudden outbursts, USA Today reports; the environmental activist is investigating a possible... More »

40% of Europeans Are Mentally Ill

Depression, dementia, alcoholism, and strokes lead the way

(Newser) - Nearly 165 million Europeans—about 38%—suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia, dementia, or other mental and neurological illnesses, according to a new study. And with less than a third of those getting the treatment they need, Reuters reports that these illnesses are costing Europe hundreds of billions of euros each... More »

Oregon Woman Wakes From Surgery With Weird Accent

Karen Butler believed to have rare 'foreign accent syndrome'

(Newser) - Oregon native Karen Butler woke up from dental surgery with an accent that's not from Oregon—or anywhere else in the world. Butler, 56, who experts believe may be a victim of the rare but real condition "foreign accent syndrome," now speaks with an accent described as... More »

Scientists Unveil 'Brain Atlas'

Allen Institute maps gene activity in body's most complex organ

(Newser) - Researchers probing the staggering complexities of the human brain now have a map to help them find their way around. Scientists have unveiled a computerized "atlas of the brain," which combines several imaging techniques to map features including nerve structure and gene activity. The project, funded by Microsoft... More »

Diet Slashes Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Load up on leafy greens, olive oil, nuts rather than saturated fat

(Newser) - Fill up on leafy green vegetables, nuts, poultry, and fish rather than red meat, butter, and full-fat dairy, and you may cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 40%, scientists said today. "We know that these foods are definitely helpful for other conditions and diseases,... More »

VA Mistakenly Tells Hundreds of Vets They Have ALS

'Coding error' to blame for ALS mistake

(Newser) - Because of an error, the Department of Veterans Affairs incorrectly notified 1,200 veterans they had ALS, the fatal neurological condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the AP reports. The letters alerted the veterans to disability benefits available to those who suffer from the disease. Thought the VA... More »

Docs Warned to Watch for Brain Disease Link to Flu Vaccine

UK officials cite concern over 1976 vaccinations

(Newser) - British officials have alerted neurologists to watch out for any surge of cases of a deadly brain disease after a massive swine flu vaccination program begins, reports the Telegraph. A 1976 US swine flu vaccine was followed by an eight-fold increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which killed 25 people... More »

Scientist Seeks Help for the Hopelessly Lost

Brain disorder causes people to get lost even in their own homes

(Newser) - A Canadian neuroscientist has discovered a brain disorder that causes sufferers to spend their lives hopelessly lost even in their own neighborhoods, reports the Canadian Press. People with developmental topographical disorientation utterly lack the ability to form mental maps and orient themselves, leaving them with no idea how to navigate... More »

Personality Disorders Afflict 20% of Young Adults

(Newser) - In the wake of shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, a new study says nearly 20% of young adults suffer from personality disorders, the AP reports. Obsessive compulsive disorder topped the list, but the problems include anti-social feelings and paranoia, which can lead to violence. Fewer than a... More »

Savage Defends Attack on Autistic 'Brats'

Radio host infuriates parents after blaming them for spoiling kids

(Newser) - Right-wing mouth Michael Savage isn't backing down from his remarks characterizing autistic kids as nothing more than "brats," outraging thousands of parents, the New York Times reports. The radio host said in a broadcast last week that autism was a "fraud" and 99% of cases were created... More »

Pork Workers Contract New Nerve Disease

Weakness, fatigue, numbness linked to pig-brain removal

(Newser) - Pork-plant workers in three states have contracted an unheard-of neurological disorder linked to removing pigs’ brains, Reuters reports. Some 24 people—most from Minnesota—are experiencing symptoms including inflamed spinal cords, weakness, fatigue, and numbness and tingling in the limbs. “As far as we are aware it is a... More »

Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's

Risk is greater to home gardeners than via exposure at work

(Newser) - People exposed to pesticides ran a 1.6 times higher risk of developing the neurological disease Parkinson’s, reports a new study of 600 participants. "Recreational pesticide use in the home and garden was more of a source of exposure than occupational use,” says one researcher. Experts now... More »

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