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We’re working to bring patients full-service neurology in the northeast Valley

Neurology Associates opened its new Mesa clinic on June 1 and soon will have it fully staffed for patient convenience.

Please note, the facility, at 3308 N. Higley Road, remains under construction while we build a duplicate of our Chandler clinic, complete with MRI exams, neuropsychological evaluations, counseling and more. Happily, with the return of Dr. Rebecca Jones to the practice, Neurology Associates decided to open its larger Mesa location a few months earlier than planned. Patients may hear some noise in the background but we are doing our best to mitigate any disruptions.

Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center is offering appointments with:

Also, starting June 11, patients will have the option of conducting EEGs, ambulatory EEGs and EMGs in Mesa. We expect to also have physical therapy at the new clinic as of June 15.

Throughout all these additions and upgrades, please rest assured that we continue to adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols to protect both staff and patients.

It’s all coming together so we may provide you with full-service neurology in the East Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center is pleased to announce that it is opening its new Mesa clinic earlier than originally planned.

The facility, at 3308 N. Higley Road in northeast Mesa, opens to patients on Monday, June 1.

At first, Dr. Rebecca Jones will be the only neurologist at the Mesa location. She will see patients all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and in the mornings on Wednesdays.

Dr. Julius Charlie soon will return to the Mesa clinic from Chandler, where he has been working since the COVID-19 pandemic started. When Charlie goes to the Higley Road location, Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center Mesa will accommodate patients Monday-Friday.

Eventually the Mesa clinic will mirror the flagship Chandler facility, complete with MRI machine, physical therapy, infusions, full diagnostics, and more.

Call 480 800 4890 to schedule an appointment at Neurology Associates in Mesa. Neurologists can see many patients over telehealth video as well as in person. Full COVID-19 protective measures will be in effect.

About Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center

Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center specializes in the conditions and disorders linked to brain and spinal abnormalities. Neurology Associates takes patient care beyond typical boundaries, incorporating a truly holistic approach that encompasses psychiatry, neuropsychology, physical therapy, naturopathic medicine, counseling, cognitive rehabilitation and more. Neurology Associates is staffed by neurologists with different areas of focus, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a PhD in physical therapy, naturopathic physicians and clinical psychologists. Neurology Associates has two Arizona locations, one in Chandler and one in northeast Mesa.

The field of neurological research features so many developments it’s difficult to keep track of them all. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest developments in three key areas of neurology: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy. Note that this blog is intended as information only, not medical advice.

Limiting Aluminum Exposure Essential to Reducing Alzheimer’s Risk

Could aluminum exposure increase the chances of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?

That’s the correlation at the heart of a new study published in the Jan. 13 Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

SciTechDaily reports that researchers found “significant” amounts of aluminum content in brain tissue from donors with familial Alzheimer’s.

In addition, the study uncovered an “unequivocal association” between the location of aluminum and amyloid-beta protein, which leads to early onset of Alzheimer’s, said lead investigator Christopher Exley, PhD, Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.

Exley went on to make a bold statement: “Within the normal lifespan of humans, there would not be any Alzheimer’s disease if there were no aluminum in the brain tissue. No aluminum, no Alzheimer’s disease.”

Science has suggested the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s for more than 40 years.

Simply put, it couldn’t hurt to reduce one’s exposure to aluminum, an element that features no known essential role in living systems, according to a June 2018 article from the National Institutes of Health.

The metal “is a recognized neurotoxin, which could cause neurodegeneration,” wrote the researchers, Elif Inan-Eroglu and Aylin Ayaz.

Dr. Marnie Whitley, naturopathic physician at Neurology Associates, agrees.

“Aluminum toxicity has been thought for some time to have an association with immune suppression, cognitive decline and dementia including Alzheimer’s,” she says. “As with most heavy metals, the level of exposure and the body’s ability (or rather lack of ability) to clear the metal are factors in health risks.”

There are some foods that may help clear aluminum but “the easiest factor to address is exposure,” Whitley says.

Because aluminum is one of the most abundant metals in the earth’s crust, avoiding it altogether is impossible, she adds. That means aluminum is naturally present in healthy foods such as spinach and that’s okay.

“Where we can best avoid exposure is in food additives, so look for additives containing sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate,” Whitley says. “Also look at cosmetics, deodorants, cookware, and pharmaceuticals for sources of exposure and avoid them if possible. For many of these products there are aluminum-free options. Don’t avoid your spinach because it has some aluminum – it has some protective nutrients as well.”

Aluminum is also prevalent in occupations including aluminum refining, publishing and printing, and the automotive sector.

Scientists Link Specific Probiotic to Slowing Parkinson’s

Improving gut health could be key to slowing, or perhaps even reversing, Parkinson’s.

That’s according to a new study from researchers at the University of Edinburgh and University of Dundee, co-funded by Parkinson’s UK. Investigators identified good bacteria – Bacillus subtilis – that appears to prevent the buildup of a protein linked to Parkinson’s.

The scientists discovered that Bacillus subtilis in roundworms not only protected against the protein collecting but also cleared some already formed clumps.

Keep in mind these are just initial findings. They are promising but researchers need to do more work.

“The next steps are to confirm these results in mice, followed by fast-tracked clinical trials since the probiotic we tested is already commercially available,” said lead researcher, Dr. Maria Doitsidou, from the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Before rushing out for a probiotic, check in with your (or your loved one’s) neurologist.

Researchers Tackling Memory Problems in Epilepsy Patients

Many patients with epilepsy struggle with memory as well.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai have pinpointed why this happens, and say that understanding the process could help doctors improve treatment.

The new study found that abnormal electrical pulses from specific brain cells in patients who report memory problems are associated with a temporary disruption called transient cognitive impairment.

"The unpredictability of seizures and memory impairment is a major stressor in people who have epilepsy," said Chrystal Reed, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Reed, and first author of the study.

Scientists are still working out solutions; epilepsy patients will want to stay in touch with their neurologist to discuss traditional and holistic approaches to boost quality of life.

CHANDLER, ARIZ., Sept. 26, 2019—Parents and guardians seeking government services for children and adolescents with disabilities require a diagnosis from a board-licensed psychologist. Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center is pleased to announce that it offers pediatric neuropsychological evaluations that may help families secure the assistance they need.

Adults with minors in their care also may have concerns that do not involve state or federal aid, yet still need help understanding the child’s condition. For example, a child may have been in a car accident or suffered a football injury – some kind of trauma that seems to affect cognitive and neurological function. Pediatric neuropsychological evaluations allow doctors to pinpoint the nature and depth of any issues, and offer insight for treatment.

These assessments apply across a variety of possible conditions and disorders. Sports-related concussions, car accidents, learning disabilities and ADHD rank among the leading reasons why older children and adolescents may need specialized testing.

For younger kids and toddlers, key indicators include attention issues, learning disabilities, car accidents, prenatal insult (such as loss of oxygen, trauma at birth, premature birth), autism, epilepsy, seizure disorders, developmental delays, and traumatic brain injury.

“If your child’s pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, or developmental specialist has recommended a neuropsychological evaluation, we can help,” said Ali Hajaig, CEO and founding partner of Neurology Associates. “In addition, if you are seeking assistance for your child from government agencies such as the Division of Developmental Disabilities, a diagnosis from a pediatrician or school won’t suffice. Arizona requires a diagnosis from a licensed psychologist for families to qualify for services.”

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jonna Dunlap provides these in-depth assessments at Neurology Associates' Chandler clinic. Pediatric neuropsychological evaluations take about eight hours; the time includes a lunch break to give patients a chance to rest.

Neurology Associates offers neuropsychological evaluations for minors on a cash-only basis.

About Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center

Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center specializes in the conditions and disorders linked to brain and spinal abnormalities. Neurology Associates takes patient care beyond typical boundaries, incorporating a truly holistic approach that encompasses psychiatry, neuropsychology, physical therapy, naturopathic medicine, counseling, cognitive rehabilitation and more. Neurology Associates is staffed by neurologists with different areas of focus, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a doctor in physical therapy, naturopathic physicians and clinical psychologists. Neurology Associates has two Arizona locations, one in Chandler and one in East Mesa.

Media Inquiries for Neurology Associates:

Kelly Teal

Principal, Kreativ Energy LLC

media@neurologyassociates.com

Physician Inquiries for Neurology Associates:

James Louy

Practice Administrator, Neurology Associates

jlouy@neurology-associates.com

Private, Standalone Practice Certified by IAC to Provide In-House Brain, Spinal Imaging

CHANDLER, ARIZ., Aug. 20, 2019—Neurology Associates, an advanced neuroscience center, has earned its inaugural three-year accreditation for its in-house magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The designation not only guarantees that Neurology Associates adheres to and complies with stringent MRI standards and practices, it also extends coverage to patients insured by Medicare. No longer does this important, often stressed, demographic have to endure the frustrations of scheduling MRI appointments with different providers, waiting days, weeks or even months to undergo needed imaging, or seeking preauthorization.

“Dealing with brain and spinal issues, especially when answers aren’t yet available, is nerve-wracking enough,” said Ali Hajaig, founding partner and CEO of Neurology Associates. “We wanted to give all patients an easy, fast, way to access MRI imaging so they get information about their health sooner rather than later.”

Specifically, Neurology Associates holds MRI accreditation in the following areas:

These capabilities further strengthen Neurology Associates’ expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions including Alzheimer’s and other dementia syndromes; autonomic disorders; movement disorders including dystonia and Parkinson’s disease; multiple sclerosis; nerve damage; mental status changes; and more.

Medical offices and institutions such as Neurology Associates that earn IAC MRI accreditation do so only after completing an extensive, intensive analysis. The IAC reviews and assesses a variety of factors including:

“Pursuing IAC MRI accreditation does not guarantee a practice will receive it,” said Neurology Associates’ Andrea An, MD and certified board neurologist. “We’re very proud that our people, technology, processes and setting more than meet the requirements set by the IAC. This certification gives our patients even more assurance that we are committed to delivering the best possible care.”

Neurology Associates’ SIGNA High Definition Magnetic Resonance (HDMR) system comes from GE Healthcare, one of the world’s top MRI manufacturers. The scanner reduces the length of time needed for an MRI exam and, at the same time, improves the quality of the anatomical data compared to many other machines. Perhaps most importantly, the SIGNA HDMR makes MRI exams more comfortable for patients, especially those who have difficulty holding their breath during certain procedures.

Neurology Associates officially attained its MRI accreditation on Aug. 14, 2019, and it lasts through Aug. 31, 2022.

About Neurology Associates

Neurology Associates is an advanced neuroscience center specializing in the conditions and disorders linked to brain and spinal abnormalities. Neurology Associates takes patient care beyond typical boundaries, incorporating a truly holistic approach that encompasses psychiatry, neuropsychology, physical therapy, naturopathic medicine, counseling, cognitive rehabilitation and more. Neurology Associates is staffed by neurologists with different areas of focus, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a doctor in physical therapy, naturopathic physicians and clinical psychologists. Neurology Associates has two Arizona locations, one in Chandler and one in East Mesa.

 

About IAC

The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, MRI, CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring and promoting quality patient care supporting one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of more than 40 national medical societies. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. To learn more about IAC, visit intersocietal.org.

 

Media Inquiries for Neurology Associates:

Kelly Teal

Principal, Kreativ Energy LLC

media@neurologyassociates.com

 

Physician Inquiries for Neurology Associates:

James Louy

Practice Administrator, Neurology Associates

jlouy@neurology-associates.com

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