#CuriousBrain Event Twitter Highlights

This log of tweets provides highlights from the Nov. 1, 2012 community froum, The Curious Workings of Your Brain, presented by Stanley Cohan, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Mega, M.D., Ph.D., and Richard Rosenbaum, M.D.

Is Alzheimer’s preventable? Does MS occur more in certain states? Why does Parkinson’s cause tremors? Follow #CuriousBrain tonight at 6:30.

Live event
Welcome to Providence Brain & Spine Institute’s #CuriousBrainforum. Sold-out crowd here in Portland, glad you could join us on Twitter!

We're discovering the inner workings of our #CuriousBrain tonight with three experts on #Multiple Sclerosis, #Alzhemiers & #Parkinsons.

Focus on Multiple Sclerosis
First up is Dr. Stanley Cohan, neurologist and medical director of Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center. #CuriousBrain

Multiple sclerosis is disease where body’s immune system mistakenly attacks & destroys nerves in brain & spinal cord. #CuriousBrain

MS can cause problems with muscle control and strength, numbness, balance, vision, balance and even feeling and thinking.#CuriousBrain

Neurologists at Brain & Spine Institute are working on treatments for neuropathic pain that don’t depend on use of opiates. #CuriousBrain

MS is most common cause of neurological disability among young and middle aged adults. #CuriousBrain

#Telemedicine is expanding into MS treatment, connecting neurologists in with patients in rural communities. #CuriousBrain

Focus on Alzheimer’s disease
Up next, Dr. Michael Mega, neurologist and medical director of Providence Cognitive Assessment Clinic. #CuriousBrain

Alzheimers research points to proteins that stick together to form plaque or cause tangles in nerve cells.#CuriousBrain pic.twitter.com/crgZFkZj

With new biological markers, Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be improved to more than 90%. #CuriousBrain
Normal aging or #Alzhemiers? Typical is occasionally losing remote control. Unusual is putting it in fridge or unusual place. #CuriousBrain

New PET scans can predict patterns in brain atrophy. #CuriousBrain 
Exercise your brain. Learning new things creates new networks in brain and acts as defense against plaque-building proteins.#CuriousBrain

Relax. Stress hormones shrink the hippocampus, which is brain's memory circuit and part most affected by #Alzheimers. #CuriousBrain

Focus on Parkinson's disease
Up next, Dr. Richard Rosenbaum, neurologist & med director for Providence Center for Parkinson’s Disease.  #CuriousBrain

#Parkinsons is a disease with no known cause or cure. It's marked by tremors, slow movement & difficulty with balance. #CuriousBrain

The beginning of Parkinsons can be described as TRAP: Tremor, Rigidity, Akinesia (slow movement), Postural instability. #CuriousBrain

Earlier this year, @Oregonian featured the Tremble Clefs, a Parkinson’s choir in #PDX. http://bit.ly/TxSQ3q #CuriousBrain

#Telemedicine allows #Parkinsons patients in rural areas get treatment without travel. http://bit.ly/NyMKPe #CuriousBrain

Closing and resources
Moving into the Q&A section of our forum...does our Twittersphere have any questions about Alzheimer's, MS or Parkinson's?#CuriousBrain

Check out our Amazon book list for additional resources on topics from tonight’s #CuriousBrain forum: http://amzn.com/w/3MFHCQMRS7LJO

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