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Can Your iPhone Spot Cognitive Decline?; Stem Cells for TBI; Cannabis for Pain

Biogen and Apple said they will study how the Apple Watch and iPhone can help monitor cognitive performance and screen for changes like mild cognitive impairment.

Inhibiting mitochondrial complex I reduced neurodegeneration and improved synaptic activity in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. (Communications Biology)

Researchers identified three major molecular subtypes of Alzheimer’s with different combinations of dysregulated pathways. (Science Advances)

Stem cell therapy for chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) delivered significant motor status improvement at 6 months compared with controls in interim STEMTRA trial data. (Neurology)

Adding fried food, red meat, and other components of a Western diet reduced cognitive benefits of the Mediterranean diet. (Alzheimer’s & Dementia)

The first rapid handheld TBI blood test to help clinicians assess people with suspected mild head injury or concussion received FDA 510(k) clearance, Abbott announced.

Sleep-specific brain activity appeared to restore task performance by refining cortical plasticity. (SLEEP)

More than half of people using cannabis to manage chronic pain experienced multiple withdrawal symptoms. (Addiction)

Dietary intake of vitamins E and C appeared to be inversely associated with Parkinson’s disease risk. (Neurology)

The FDA issued draft guidance on clinical trials and approval pathways for neurodegenerative disease gene therapies.

  • Judy George covers neurology and neuroscience news for MedPage Today, writing about brain aging, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, rare diseases, epilepsy, autism, headache, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, concussion, CTE, sleep, pain, and more. Follow