Neurological disorders

June 04, 2018 - 8:05 pm
Dwight Clark, the former 49ers wide receiver whose reception known as "The Catch" sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl, has died one year after revealing he had ALS. He was 61. Clark said in March 2017 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), which attacks cells that...
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Lexi Wright left her chair and walked across the stage and down the ramp to accept her diploma at Ravenna High School's graduation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, to a standing ovation. The Ohio teenager has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation.(Kevin Graff /Record-Courier via AP)
June 04, 2018 - 4:04 pm
RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager who has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation. The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reports 19-year-old Lexi Wright left her wheelchair and used a walker to cross a stage in...
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Shown is a power plant building on the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital campus in San Francisco Thursday, May 31, 2018, where a woman was found dead Wednesday in a stairwell. Officials say an elderly woman with dementia who was found dead in a stairwell of a power plant on a San Francisco hospital campus had checked herself out of a nearby care facility. San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy says Ruby Andersen left the care facility across the street from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on May 19 to visit her family. She was not a hospital patient. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
May 31, 2018 - 4:21 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An elderly woman whose family says she had dementia was found dead in a stairwell at a power plant near a San Francisco hospital 11 days after checking herself out of a nearby city-run care facility, officials said Thursday. Ruby Andersen, 75, lived at the care facility across...
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Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty closes his eyes as he acknowledges a standing ovation from fans during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Piscotty made his first appearance in a game since the death of his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, on Sunday, less than a year after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neuromuscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 09, 2018 - 4:42 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Wherever he went on the field, Stephen Piscotty felt his mother's presence. Two days after Gretchen Piscotty died from Lou Gehrig's disease, her son was back at work for the Oakland Athletics. Full of sadness, but enveloped in love. "All day, I didn't feel alone. I felt like...
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FILE - This May 23, 2017 file photo shows GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without THC. On Thursday, April 19, 2018, a panel of Food and Drug Administration health advisers recommended approval of the drug, moving the closely watched medication closer to the U.S. market. (AP Photo/Kathy Young, File)
April 19, 2018 - 1:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the group's recommendation, GW...
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FILE- In this May 19, 2015, file photo, R. Scott Turner, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Memory Disorder Center at Georgetown University Hospital, points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer's disease at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer's disease. basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used now. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
April 10, 2018 - 12:21 am
Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer's disease — basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today. The move is aimed at improving research, by using more objective criteria like...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Professor Stephen Hawking arrives for the Interstellar Live show at the Royal Albert Hall in central London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
March 14, 2018 - 12:57 pm
LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died. He was 76. Hawking died at his home in Cambridge, England, according to a statement by the University of Cambridge. The best-known theoretical physicist of his time,...
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In this Feb. 25, 2012 photo, Professor Stephen Hawking poses beside a lamp titled 'black hole light' by inventor Mark Champkins, presented to him during his visit to the Science Museum in London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died early Wednesday, March 18, 2018, a University of Cambridge spokesman said. He was 76. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)
March 14, 2018 - 8:39 am
PARIS (AP) — In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek. As slowly as a word per minute, Stephen Hawking used the twitching of the muscle under his right eye to grind out his thoughts on a custom-...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo actor Eddie Redmayne, right, and Professor Stephen Hawking arrive on the blue carpet for the UK premiere of The Theory Of Everything at the Odeon in Leicester Square, central London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
March 14, 2018 - 5:22 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the death of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease (all times local): 9:20 a.m. The actor who played Stephen Hawking in a film about the scientist's life has described him as the...
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Bill Gurolnick rides his bike near his home in Northbrook, Ill., on Feb. 20, 2018. Gurolnick, who turns 87 in March 2018, is participating in a study at Northwestern University that researchers hope will help them understand why some people in their 80s and 90s are able to keep the same sharp memory as someone 20 or 30 years younger. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
February 22, 2018 - 11:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these "superagers" to uncover their secret. The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new...
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