A unified lawsuit on behalf of more than 2,000 National Football League players has been filed against the league in federal court, alleging that the NFL failed to acknowledge and address neurological risks associated with the sport and then deliberately failed to tell players about the risks they faced, according to attorneys representing former players.
As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. That number includes my mother-in-law, who started showing signs of the disease in 2007. Standing beside all those living with Alzheimer's are more than 15 million family members and friends who provide them with care and everyday support. That includes my husband, his siblings, our kids and me.
The same dementia-like disease found in the brain tissue of several National Football League players has shown up in the brains of four U.S. veterans exposed to improvised explosive devices and other head trauma, according to new research.
A brief uptick in traffic-related air pollution may be enough to increase a person's short-term risk of stroke, new research suggests.
Scientists say they "serendipitously" discovered that a drug used to treat a type of cancer quickly reversed Alzheimer's disease in mice.
The Obama administration will push for a $156 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research over the next two years, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens and two other former NFL players have filed a lawsuit accusing the National Football League of misleading them and failing to protect them against on-the-field brain injuries they say caused health problems years after they retired.
Former Detroit Lion Ryan Stewart is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging NFL negligence in regard to concussions.
Top boxing coach Freddie Roach talks about his battle with Parkinson's disease and his passion for life.
There is a lot to be said for enjoying the work that you do.
Over the past several years, researchers have noticed an odd pattern in the relationship between body weight and Alzheimer's disease: Middle-aged people have a higher long-term risk of developing the disease if they're overweight or obese, while older people have a lower risk of the disease if they're carrying excess weight.
When Darla Arni's mother began showing the first signs of dementia 16 years ago, Arni worried she was doomed to the same fate.
Do flu shots make you susceptible to Alzheimer's?
How can nutrition affect your health, as far as risk of Alzheimer's disease? I have a strong family history and want to do everything that I can to avoid getting Alzheimer's.
Hi, I got multiple sclerosis about a year ago, and I'm very young. I was curious if there has been any further information about a possible cure or not. I know that people have been searching for a cure, but I'm curious as to how close they really are.
Women at South Pole continues to wait for plane ride to hospital to get treatment for stroke.
The San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten into a coma this year after a Los Angeles Dodgers game has improved enough that he was transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center said Tuesday.
It's football season: From Pop Warner, Young American Football League and other children's football leagues; from high school to college and the pros, football is the name of the game.
Many more Americans may be at risk of having a stroke than previously thought.
A little more than two years ago, Ted Harada felt his left leg weakening, and he found himself quickly running out of breath. Doctors first thought he had asthma, but in May 2010 they told him he probably had ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Two moments have changed Eddie Canales' life. Both occurred on the football field.
People with depression are more likely to have a stroke than their mentally healthy peers, and their strokes are more likely to be fatal, according to a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A homeless man who sustained injuries in a confrontation with police in Fullerton, California, died from brain injuries as a result of head trauma, according to medical records made public Wednesday by an attorney for the man's family.
Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls.
Elizabeth Cohen discusses new research that suggests that eye exams may help doctors detect early signs of Alzheimer's.
With more than 5 million people suffering from Alzheimer's disease in the United States, a number that's expected to rise to 16 million by 2050, the pressure is on to find better methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the National Football League, saying the league knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects of concussions on players' brains but concealed the information from players, coaches, trainers and others until June 2010.
Knowing the signs of a brain aneurysm rupture could save your life. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
In January, a bullet fired from point-blank range tore through her brain. Just last week, she was seen walking, albeit with effort, up the stairs of an airplane.
His was a suicide with a macabre twist. In February, former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before leaving behind a note requesting his brain be studied for evidence of a disease striking football players.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with the family of a former NFL player who committed suicide.
Alzheimer's disease is rapidly becoming one of the most critical health issues facing America. With the aging of the baby boomers into the period of risk for Alzheimer's disease, it is essential that research be accelerated to possibly delay the onset or slow the progression of the disease.
Maria Shriver's father, Sargent Shriver, died from Alzheimer's in January after being diagnosed in 2003. In her first public remarks about her father since his death, Shriver spoke to Larry King about his battle with the disease, her thoughts on Alzheimer's research and why the disease is especially hard on women. Her interview can be seen in its entirety on Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on "A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic." After her father's diagnosis, Shriver became a vocal advocate for Alzheimer's patients, families and caretakers. She partnered with the Alzheimer's Association to publish a groundbreaking study called "Alzheimer's in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer's," which was just released in paperback. The Shriver report looked at Alzheimer's as a women's disease from the point of view of the patient, the family and the caregivers. Below is an excerpt of a letter introducing "The Shriver Report:"
I've always been interested in science and the brain. In college, I started studying changes in learning and memory in both young and aging humans and animals. As a natural extension of this, I studied Alzheimer's disease while pursuing my neuroscience degree in graduate school. I was fortunate enough to work with people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's using advanced imaging techniques, such as PET and MRI scans, to investigate brain function.
Researchers expand the definition of Alzheimer's disease, recognizing it may be present long before symptoms appear.
Alzheimer's disease begins long before family and friends notice differences in the patient's memory and behavior, doctors who treat the condition said Monday. By the time an official diagnosis is made, the person's function is usually significantly impaired and treatment rarely helps.
New research suggests a high-calorie, high-protein diet may improve the outcome for some service members with brain injuries due to battlefield explosions.
A drug widely used to treat mild Alzheimer's disease appears to provide no benefit to this group of early stage patients, according to a new analysis of previously conducted research.
Tregg Duerson, his face drawn and his eyes exhausted, expressed confusion and dismay about many of the details surrounding his father's suicide last week. But he is sure about one thing.
It's been an odd week. I've been bronchially ill for much of it, napping and coughing and going to bed at 8. I planned to have this week's column be a year-in-review job, what with management and players in silent mode before the federal mediator in Washington over the weekend.
"Bull in the ring" is a drill almost as old as football.
For an injury that is largely invisible, it is no small irony that a new test to detect concussion involves the eyes.
What can you do to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease? Some medical and lifestyle suggestions.
In the Colombian region of Antioquia, members of 28 extended families develop early-onset Alzheimer's in their 40s.
After surviving a gunshot wound to the head at a political event Saturday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition, and Tuesday was seen as significant in her recovery.
After surviving a gunshot wound to the head at political event Saturday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition, and Tuesday was seen as significant in her recovery.
Doctors treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Sunday that while she remains in critical condition, early signs have made them hopeful.
The lawyer for the Florida teenager who gained fame three years ago as the "hiccup girl" and is now accused of murder said Wednesday that he will look into whether Tourette Syndrome or another brain disorder may have contributed to the crime.
People who consume lots of foods rich in vitamin B12 -- such as fish and fortified cereals -- may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than people who take in less of the vitamin, a small study conducted in Finland suggests.
After age 60, we are all likely passengers on the Alzheimer's Express. These days it's overcrowded with baby boomers and is predicted by 2050 to claim 115 million victims worldwide, including 13.5 million Americans (up from 5.1 million today), bankrupting our health care system.
Daily doses of vitamin B can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's, researchers at Oxford University said Thursday.
Is hearing things that aren't there a symptom of Alzheimer's? Is Alzheimer's treatable?
Is there a cure or treatment for ALS?
With his head bowed and a barely detectable quiver in his voice, the baseball player known as the "Iron Horse" devastated the crowd at Yankee Stadium, not by hitting a home run, but by announcing that he was dying.
The Department of Defense inspector general is investigating whether medical tests on wounded U.S. military personnel may have violated government rules on human experiments.
CNN's Don Lemon talks with a terminally-ill patient who wants to donate his organs while they are still healthy.
There could be major changes to the way Alzheimer's is diagnosed.
Greg Kalkwarf was a teenager when his grandfather told him and his brother, with increasing anger and frustration, "Dean, get out there and milk the cows!"
Volunteers in Atlanta help Alzheimer's patients create original works of art.
Every Friday morning, students walk into an art class in Atlanta, Georgia. Some look dazed, uncertain in their environment, as if it's vaguely familiar but they can't fully recognize where they are -- until they sit down and begin to draw.
Young, athletic and troubled -- NFL player Chris Henry might have been a football cliché.
My glucose levels usually run between 120 and 135 with a nonfasting blood test, though do not have a diagnosis of diabetes. I suffer greatly with my feet and been told by a podiatrist that it is neuropathy. Is it possible that my high glucose levels are causing the neuropathy?
People who experience serious head injuries often require days -- if not weeks -- of medical care to get back on their feet. For most of them, the mental aftershocks will last long after they've checked out of the hospital.
In the fight against memory loss, nothing is certain, doctors say.
Some antiseizure drugs used to treat epilepsy as well as depression, chronic pain, migraine, bipolar disorder, and other conditions are associated with a higher risk of suicide and violent death than other drugs in the same class, according to a new study.
Marcus A. York wants the nation to turn more attention - and dollars - to spinal-cord research
Authorities are investigating six possible cases of bacterial meningitis -- including two deaths -- in rural Oklahoma elementary school students.
Two children in Oklahoma have died from bacterial meningitis. Affiliate KTUL reports.
Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.
Cruise Bogle, 18, was skimboarding with friends in Delray Beach, Florida, when he took a wave that whipped his board out from under him. Bogle was thrown backward, and his head hit the ocean floor. When friends saw him lying still in the surf, they knew something was wrong and rushed him to the hospital.
Susan Hendricks reports on a new wheelchair that can be controlled by the tongue.
For the first time in the United States, stem cells have been directly injected into the spinal cord of a patient, researchers announced Thursday.
After the Alzheimer's came, my mother could not know how shadows fell across our once ebullient family: our solidarity fractured, our tempers flaring in furious incomprehension, hearts breaking in mute despair.
The NFL took a small step forward from its customary stance of denial and obfuscation on the issue of brain injuries.
Alcohol, a drug that is a major cause of accidents, may actually protect the brain from a life-threatening injury when an accident does occur, according to a study published this week in Archives of Surgery.
Can traumatic brain injury cause a person to develop a mental health problem or trigger an underlying problem not yet discovered, which then causes the person to create a fantasy world while in a coma, which, when they awake they are adamant is real?
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it will apologize to veterans who were mistakenly told they'd been diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition.
What can be done to alleviate the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy? The pain is sometimes more than I can bear and continually interrupts sleep. I am exhausted.