Gillian Neff

The Brain News Brief

Emmy-winning reporter Gillian Neff has been covering health topics for 16 years. She is currently a freelance reporter and anchor at News 12 Connecticut and also pursues her passion for medical news through Gillian Neff Health Reports’ blogs and videos.

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LITTLE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, BIGGER RISK OF CTE BRAIN ISSUE

LISTEN UP MOM & DAD: If your child plays tackle football, you’ll want to hear the latest research findings in the Annals of Neurology. They show playing tackle football before the age of 12 can lead to earlier onset of brain problems… Researchers found players who start this young are hit with cognitive and behavioral […]

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Migraine Triggers

To figure out if sweets (like chocolate, for example, argh!) or any other foods or drinks trigger your migraines, the National Headache Foundation suggests you “Be your own expert by keeping a log of the foods you have eaten before a migraine attack, and see whether the removal of these foods from your diet reduces […]

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SHAKEN BRAIN: Even Without Concussion, Study Shows CTE Can Happen

Shaken brain, with every hard hit to the head. Even if you don’t get a concussion, a new study in the Journal Brain adds to evidence that’s it’s these high impact hits that lead to CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Peter McAllister of the New England Institute for Neurology & Headache says studies are […]

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Migraines Triggered by Storm

This bomb cyclone has not only made it dangerous to go anywhere, it has triggered lots of migraines. Dr. Peter McAllister of New England Institue for Neurology & Headache says you can blame it on the low barometric pressure. He says this bomb cyclone has caused the biggest dip in barometric pressure since Super Storm […]

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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: Do You Eat and Drink Them?

SEEING THIS VIDEO MAY MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR APPETITE FOR ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. *** CLICK ABOVE FOR VIDEO *** Doctors say scientific findings show artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on various body systems, and when it comes to your brain… Dr. Peter McAllister of  NEINH, New England Institute for Neurology & Headache, points to the findings of […]

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Medical Marijuana for Severe Headache?

At medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut, you can get cannabis infused lollipops, pot brownies, or a plain old pill bottle of the dried herb for smoking… if you have a prescription… and if your medical condition is on the “eligible” list. The board of doctors in Connecticut who decide on the list recently gave the […]

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HOPE AFTER STROKE – Quality of Life Changer Injections to Alleviate Arm Problem

After 17 years of interviewing doctors and others on the frontline treating stroke patients, I am realizing I’ve missed an important “quality of life” issue. I’ve been so focused on covering how patients can recover brain function and prevent additional strokes that I haven’t been covering the “arm problem.” THE ARM PROBLEM Technically it’s called […]

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NEW CLASS OF DRUGS TO TURN OFF MIGRAINE AT ROOT – Clinical Trials of CGRP Drugs Accessible Now

Okay, I’ve done the math. I have experienced an estimated 2,880 days of migraine so far in life (12 per month X 20 years). If it wasn’t for the triptan medication I take, all of those days would have been 100% ruined. Many of them weren’t salvaged and the pain and nausea went off the […]

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Senator McCain’s Cancer: Tough Guy, Tough Cancer – Glioblastoma Brain Cancer

Dr. Peter McAllister of New England Institute for Neurology & Headache  says the form of brain cancer that Senator John McCain is facing – glioblastoma – is tough to treat because it grows so rapidly. He says it sends projections (tentacles) deep into the brain. So it’s hard for doctors to completely remove the tumor and […]

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CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS & DANGERS ~ Doctors say young athletes and pros need to watch for the same brain issues

CLICK ON VIDEO BELOW TO HEAR FROM HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE JOHN EDWARDS WHO HAS HAD MORE THAN ONE CONCUSSION & A NEUROLOGIST WHO TREATS YOUNG ATHLETES AND PROS. A BLOW TO THE HEAD… WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Dr. Jennifer Werely, of New England Institute for Neurology & Headache in Stamford, says right away it’s important to […]

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Emmy-winning reporter Gillian Neff is an anchor and “12 on Health” reporter for News 12 Connecticut.

She regularly seeks out stories that will help viewers make informed health care choices. She spotlights medical cases that have had remarkable outcomes or cases in which patients have run into major obstacles such as denial of health insurance coverage or a medical mishap.

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