2016 Top Stories in Neurology: Physical Exercise and the Brain

"neurologists should be guiding our patients on the level of exercise and even type of exercise associated with the greatest benefit and lowest risks for each individual in light of his or her neurological condition. We should also be advising patients how to reduce risks, such as wearing helmets and/or vests. In many neurological conditions, this “prescription” can have much more of an impact on the patient’s neurological management than medications.

Gut microbes promote motor deficits in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease

This research depicts the findings of Sampson et al., who show that signals from gut microbes are required for the neuroinflammatory responses as well as hallmark gastrointestinal and a-synuclein-dependent motor deficits in a model of Parkinson's disease.