Hearing Test May Detect Autism in Newborns

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Summary: Researchers report the ABR hearing test given to newborns to detect auditory problems could be adapted to identify infants at risk of autism spectrum disorder.Source:...

Coronavirus and Tourette Syndrome – Tourette Association of America

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly caused 2020 to become one of the most challenging years many of us have ever experienced. We, in the Tourette community,...

Severe White Matter Lesions Predict Poor Functional Outcomes After Acute Ischemic Stroke

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An association between ventricular function and vascular loading and outcomes was observed in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) undergoing pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), according to...

Combination Immunotherapy Effective for Patients With Melanoma and Asymptomatic Brain Metastases

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The combination of nivolumab with ipilimumab is an effective treatment option for patients with advanced melanoma with asymptomatic brain metastases and should be considered for first...

Simple Diagnostic Tool Predicts Individual Risk of Alzheimer’s

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Summary: A new algorithm that uses data from memory tests and blood samples is able to accurately predict an individual’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.Source: Lund...

neurosciencestuff: (Image caption: Using a new microscopy…

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neurosciencestuff: (Image caption: Using a new microscopy technique researchers simultaneously recorded from the cortex (green) and hippocampus (blue) of a mouse brain. Bright areas correlate with cell...

Artificial Enzyme May Be First Step Toward Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

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Summary: Researchers have created an artificial enzyme that stops alpha-synuclein from spreading. The findings could have positive implications for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.Source: Johns Hopkins...

The Appropriate Diagnostic Category of Sleep-Related Dissociative Disorders

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Sleep-related dissociative disorders (SRDD) should be included in the field of sleep medicine and should be represented in the parasomnias section, according to study results published...

What is the place of magnesium in the treatment of migraine? – The Neurology...

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Magnesium is a rather understated metal which however plays such a significant role in health. This should not be surprising as it is the eighth most...

A First Step in Standardizing Endpoints and Outcomes in Acute Migraine Trials

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Outcomes and endpoints used in acute migraine clinical trials vary significantly, but developing a core set of patient-centered outcomes and endpoints may improve individual trials and...

Four Possible Indicators of Cognitive Involvement in Early-Stage Multiple Sclerosis

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A recent study published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences found that computer-based assessments of reaction time can help medical professionals detect cognitive impairment in...

Two Keys to Boosting Employee Satisfaction

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With employees outnumbering job openings, turnover in healthcare is high. This can be costly for practices and disruptive to patients. Practices that want to keep their...

Bittersweet Effects of Stevia Uncovered

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Summary: The natural sweetener Stevia disrupts communication between different bacteria in the gut.Source: Ben-Gurion University of the NegevAccording to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of...

How Does the Immune System Keep Tabs on the Brain?

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Summary: Immune cells in the meninges monitor fluid released from the brain. If the fluid contains signs of infection, disease, or damage, the immune cells initiate...

Living Environment Affects the Microbiota and Health of Both Dogs and Their Owners

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Summary: The living environment has a significant impact on the skin microbiota, but not gut bacteria, in both humans and dogs.Source: University of HelsinkiIn urban environments,...

Eye Exam Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

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OAK BROOK, Ill. — A simple eye exam combined with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning technology could provide early detection...

How to Supplement Neurology Income with VA Work

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Todd Barnes knows the business of neurology. With an MBA and more than 20 years of experience he has become an expert in navigating the financial...

Neurologists Will Play Key Role in Long-Term COVID-19 Care as Fauci Foresees Return to...

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It is clear that SARS–CoV-2 virus affects the nervous system in the acute stage. Now, according to experts at the most recent meeting of the American...

The 7 most hazardous occupations to the nervous system – The Neurology Lounge

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A critical part of history taking in medicine is establishing the occupation of the patient. This is because occupational activities and work place exposures are often...

Telestroke for Patients With Ischemic Stroke: More Reperfusion Therapy, Better Outcomes

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Patients with ischemic stroke have a greater likelihood of undergoing reperfusion therapy and having a subsequent lower 30-day mortality if they are treated at hospitals using...

How to Navigate the Additional Costs Caused by the Pandemic

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When it comes to purchasing medical supplies, small private neurology practices simply don’t have the negotiating power that larger medical institutions have. That’s why private practice...

Best Practices for Monitoring Newborn Seizures

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Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain in infants. Seizures are a common symptom of HIE, and those...

Low self-worth and no motivation? Check your dopamine

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When a person has low self-esteem, low motivation, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, and is prone to temperamental outbursts, it’s common to pin that on some...

How a Brain Tumor Turned a Job Into a Career

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Michelle Williams never set out to become an EEG tech with a specialty in long-term monitoring. But life has a way of steering us in ways...

Speech Droplets Drive Transmission of COVID-19

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Summary: Speaking without a facemask in confined spaces poses the biggest risk for spreading SARS_CoV_2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.Source: WileyA new review published in the Journal...

Your Best Tool in the Telemedicine Neuro Exam? The Patient

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For many patients, the expansion of telemedicine may be one of the few good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it presents some...

Popping Toys, the Latest Fidget Craze, Might Reduce Stress for Adults and Children Alike

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Summary: The new craze of “popping toys” may help provide relief from stress and anxiety in both adults and children, researchers report.Source: The ConversationThe newest fidget...

Your antacid may be doing more harm than good

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No one can be blamed for wanting relief, especially when acid reflux makes it feel like molten lava is shooting up through your esophagus. Antacids can...

Ventral Posterior Nucleus Role in Neuropathic Pain, Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders

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Thalamic ventral posterior nucleus (VPN) volume is associated with neuropathic pain intensity in patients with aquaporin-4-immunoglobulin G (AQP4-IgG) positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD), according to...

Predicting Early Neurologic Deterioration After IVT for Minor Stroke With LVO

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Proximal occlusion site and thrombus length emerged as 2 independent predictors of early neurologic deterioration of presumed ischemic origin (ENDi) following intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) in patients...

AAN Focuses on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Annual Meeting

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Healthcare inequities were front and center at the most recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), which included a Health Care Equity Symposium...

The 52 variants of CMT… and their practical checklists – The Neurology Lounge

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Jean-Marie Charcot, Pierre Marie, and Howard Henry Tooth will be confounded to see what has become of the disease they described hundreds of years ago. Charcot-Marie...

Small Molecule Restores Muscle Strength and Boosts Endurance in Old Mice

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Summary: A single protein called 15-PGDH appears to be a master regulator of muscle function during aging. Blocking the protein in mice increased muscle strength and...

How Humans Develop Larger Brains Than Other Apes

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Summary: Using brain organoid models, researchers have identified how the brain grows much larger and has three times as many neurons, as the brains of chimpanzees...

Co-occurrence of apathy and impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease » Department of Neurology...

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Congratulations , Robert S. Eisinger, Matthew R. Burns, Janine Lopes, Michael S. Okun, Aysegul Gunduz, Dawn Bowers on the publication of “Co-occurrence of apathy and impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease.”  This...

Teen depression explodes along with smart phone use

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Although depression continues to rise among the population as a whole, it is rising most dramatically among teens, and smart phones may be largely to blame....

FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Test That Provides Rapid Results at Home

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Lucira Health for its at-home molecular test intended to detect severe acute...

How We Know Whether and When to Pay Attention

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Summary: Our ability to act fast is based on estimates of whether and when specific events will occur that demand immediate attention.Source: Max Planck InstituteFast reactions...

Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

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By: Dr. Ellen Edgar  -  no responses  -  Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressively disabling neurological disease affecting the central nervous system. MS is an autoimmune disease. Permanent damage...

New Treatment Recommendations for Myasthenia Gravis

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A panel of international myasthenia gravis (MG) experts provided new evidence-based recommendations for the management of MG, including updated guidance for thymectomy and medical treatment. The...

How to Write Understandable Scientific Web Content

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Many of us are tightening our belts these days, walking a fine line between what we can do ourselves and what absolutely must be outsourced.Digital content...

Expert Review and Commentary » Department of Neurology » College of Medicine » University...

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Introduction The globus pallidus internus (GPi) region has evolved as a potential target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in Parkinson’s disease (PD). DBS of the GPi (GPi...

Obesity May Exacerbate the Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Summary: Neuroimaging study reveals obesity may contribute towards neural tissue vulnerability in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers say maintaining a healthy weight could help preserve brain structure for...

Severe Perivascular Space Pathology Predictive of Dementia in Older Adults

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In adults between 72 and 92 years of age, severe perivascular space (PVS) dilation pathology is predictive of increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, according...

The distinctive twisting dystonias and their disentangling checklists – The Neurology Lounge

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Dystonia is perhaps the most complicated neurological disorder. For one, even the term dystonia is difficult to define. It combines fixed postures and abnormal...

Is Your Headache a Pain in the Neck?

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By: Dr. Ellen Edgar  -  no responses  -  Back & Neck Pain TreatmentThere are so many different types of headaches and headache causes that sometimes, people just learn to live...

Did Neurotoxins Cause the Salem Witch Trials?

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In the fall of 1691, crop failures in Salem Village, Massachusetts, forced residents to switch from making wheat bread to rye bread.By 1693, 175 people had...

Dr. Michael Okun – Winner of Clinical Science Research Award! » Department of Neurology...

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Michael Okun, MD was recently announced as the winner of the 2021 College of Medicine Clinical Science Research Award. Each year the college presents an award...

Distribution of Neurologists Across U.S. Varies Widely

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HealthDay News — The distribution of neurologists varies across the United States, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in Neurology. Chun Chieh Lin, Ph.D., from the...

Altered Functional Connectivity Between Insula and Precuneus in Isolated REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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Connectivity between the insula and precuneus may be associated with cognitive function among patients with isolated rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (iRBD), according to the...

Uncontrolled Hypertension May Contribute to Cognitive Deficits Over Time

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Patients diagnosed with hypertension in middle age and at older ages experience faster cognitive decline, with uncontrolled hypertension predictive of more rapid declines in memory and...

Expert Consensus Statement: Determining Brain Death/Death by Neurologic Criteria

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Experts in brain death/death by neurologic criteria (BD/DNC) have convened to publish a consensus statement on global recommendations for determining brain death/death (BD/DNC) by neurologic criteria,...

Increased Risk for PSD in Elderly Women Following Ischemic Stroke

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Elderly women who are stroke patients are more susceptible to the development of poststroke depression (PSD) than their male counterparts, according to study findings presented at...

Targeting the Proopiomelanocortin Pathway for Diabetic Neuropathic Pain

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Reinstating the proopiomelanocortin (POMC) pathway can overcome neuropathic pain, representing a potential therapeutic target for future diabetic neuropathic pain therapies, according to research published in Nature...

How Our Brains Track Where We and Others Go

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Summary: Study reveals how our brains navigate physical spaces and how we are able to keep track of other people’s locations.Source: NIHFor the first time, scientists...

Transient Ischemic Attack Associated With Increased Risk of Subsequent Stroke

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In participants of the Framingham Heart Study from 1948 to 2017, transient ischemic attack (TIA) was associated with a significantly increased risk of subsequent stroke, according...

Patients With Dystonia Have Increased Prevalence of Suicidal Behavior

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In a survey, 32.3% of patients with dystonia reported a lifetime history of suicidal ideations, which is a considerably higher rate of suicidal ideation than the...

Comparative connectivity correlates of dystonic and essential tremor deep brain stimulation » Department of...

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Congratulations to Drs. Takashi Tsuboi, Joshua K Wong, Robert S Eisinger, Mathew R Burns, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, Leonardo Almeida, Aparna Wagle Shukla, Kelly D Foote, and Michael S Okun on the publication of “Comparative...

How Herpes Infection May Impair Human Fetal Brain Development

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Summary: Herpes virus simplex type 1 infection can spread to the fetal brain during pregnancy, resulting in an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disabilities and neurological deficits.Source:...

40 very handy and practical neurochecklists

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Neurochecklists Blog Neurochecklistsnow contains>2000 checklistson all aspects of neurology. https://pixabay.com/en/brain-anatomy-neurology-medical-1132229/ Many checklists come to the rescue only to fill aknowledge gap. By Samurai Gandhi – Own...

Online Dating: Super Effective, or Just… Superficial?

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Summary: People’s reasoning for “swiping right” on dating apps is based on attractiveness and the race for a potential partner, and these decisions are made in...

Mobile Interventional Stroke Team Results in Better Early Outcomes in ELVO Stroke

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A Mobile Interventional Stroke Team (MIST) was associated with significantly faster initial door-to-recanalization times and improved clinical outcomes compared with a standard drip-and-ship (DS) model, according...

Comparative pharmacovigilance assessment of mortality with pimavanserin in Parkinson disease-related psychosis » Department of...

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Congratulations to Drs. Malaty, Okun and Armstrong on the publication of “Comparative pharmacovigilance assessment of mortality with pimavanserin in Parkinson disease-related psychosis,” in the Journal of...

Mechanical Thrombectomy: A Viable Option for Managing Posterior Circulation DMVOs

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Mechanical thrombectomy appears safe and feasible for the treatment of posterior circulation distal, medium vessel occlusion (DMVO), particularly for occlusions of the P2 or P3 segment...

Late-Onset Epilepsy Associated With Increased Risk for Subsequent Stroke

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People who are diagnosed with late-onset epilepsy (LOE) at age 30 years or older have a significantly increased risk for future stroke, a study in Epilepsy...

Occipital Nerve Stimulation Produces Lasting Improvements in Refractory Chronic Cluster Headache

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Occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) is associated with a substantial reduction in the frequency of headache attacks in patients with refractory chronic cluster headache (rCCH), and this...

Intense Teen Romances May Predict High Blood Pressure Later in Life

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Summary: Teens who find themselves in intense, controlling relationships, where they are denied healthy external friendships and self-discovery, have a higher risk for high blood pressure...

Effects of Sodium Oxybate on Weight in Children with Type 1 Narcolepsy

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Treatment with sodium oxybate in children with type 1 narcolepsy (NT1) is associated with weight reduction that stabilizes after 2 years of therapy, according to study...

AI Used to Predict Early Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Relatives of Patients

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Summary: Combining brain scans with AI technology, researchers were able to accurately predict the likelihood of a person developing schizophrenia in those with a family history...

Significant Negative Association Between Educational Attainment and Depression Among Children

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Lower educational attainment among children and adolescents was associated with symptoms of depression. These findings, from a systematic review and meta-analysis, were published in the Journal...

Brain MRI and EEG Clues to COVID-19-Related Encephalopathy

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Brain electroencephalograph (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may help guide treatments for patients with COVID-19, according to findings of a retrospective cohort study published in...

Are the Brains of Atheists Different to Those of Religious People?

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Summary: Study reviews differences in cognitive processes between atheists and those who believe in a deity.Source: The ConversationThe cognitive study of religion has recently reached a...

New Strategies for Restoring Myelin on Damaged Nerve Cells

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Summary: Researchers have discovered a two-pronged approach to restore myelin on regenerated axons in a mouse model of optic nerve damage. The findings have positive implications...

Light Up Your Mind: A Novel Light-Based Treatment for Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Summary: Light therapy which consists of exposure to both controlled natural light and artificial lighting may be a new tool in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases...

Endovascular Therapy Effective in Posterior Circulation Vessel Occlusion

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Endovascular therapy is safe, feasible, and effective among patients with stroke attributed to primary distal occlusion of the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) of the P2 or...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Feasible for Functional Limb Weakness

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Supramotor threshold transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to primary motor cortex (M1) is a safe, acceptable, efficient, and potentially effective treatment option for functional limb weakness, according...

Wisconsin Hospital System Juggles Unit Expansion with Pandemic Fight

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In the months before anyone had heard of the novel coronavirus, the neurodiagnostic department at Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, expanded its epilepsy monitoring unit...

Q&A: Outgoing ASET President Connie Kubiak Shares Experiences and Advice

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This summer, Connie Kubiak will have completed one of the most trying presidencies at ASET-The Neurodiagnostic Society.But through it all, Kubiak has remained committed to serving...

Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio as a Prognostic Tool in IVT-Treated Ischemic Stroke

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Among patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing intravenous thrombolysis (IVT), a high neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) may predict hemorrhagic transformation as well as poor 3-month functional outcomes,...

Living Near Water Can Be Beneficial to Your Mental Health

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Summary: Living in areas with access to water, or “blue space”, has a positive impact on mental and physical health.Source: The ConversationWe know that people are more likely...

Neurologic and Psychiatric Symptoms Common in COVID-19 Survivors

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Neurologic and psychiatric complaints are common in the 6 months following the diagnosis of COVID-19, with the highest risk among patients who had severe COVID-19, according...

Commentary: Neurologists on Palliative Care Communication

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Among the most powerful instruments of healing are patients’ relationships with their doctors or clinicians. Feeling seen and valued by the clinicians they trust helps patients...

Neurologic Outcomes and Survival in Lumbosacral Radiculoplexus Neuropathy

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Lumbosacral radiculoplexus neuropathy (LRPN), a painful, paralytic, immune-mediated neuropathy, is associated with increased mortality risk, likely due to higher frequency of diabetes mellitus and other comorbidities...

Improvements in Depression Linked to Improvements in Fatigue, Pain in MS

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Reducing depressive symptoms early may result in better improvements in functional impairment related to fatigue and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to study...

‘Explicit Instruction’ Provides Dramatic Benefits in Learning to Read

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Summary: Those who received explicit instructions about the relationship between sound and spelling experienced dramatic improvements in their reading ability.Source: APSThe ability to read is foundational...

The Secret to Reducing Practice Turnover

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Healthcare workers rotate through jobs every four years on average. And, according to estimates, over the next decade neurologists will be faced with a 25 to...

How COVID-19 is Sparking a Growth in Physician Leadership

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Somewhere along the way, physicians were replaced by lawyers and business administrators when it comes to running healthcare. Margins grew thinner, healthcare conglomerates emerged, and competition...

Sounds Influence the Developing Brain Earlier Than Previously Thought

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Summary: Mouse study reveals sound appears to alter connectivity in auditory processing areas earlier in development than previously thought; even before the ear canal opens.Source: Johns...

Mapping autonomic, mood, and cognitive effects of hypothalamic region deep brain stimulation » Department...

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Congratulations to Drs. Wissam Deeb, Leonardo Almeida, Kelly D Foote, and Michael S Okun on the publication of “Mapping autonomic, mood, and cognitive effects of hypothalamic region deep...

Systemic Analysis of the Hallmarks of Advanced COVID-19 Pathology

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Extensive lung thrombosis, long-term persistence of viral RNA in pneumocytes and endothelial cells, and infected cell syncytia are hallmark signs of advanced coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

Pediatric ADHD Treatment & Medication

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By: Dr. Ellen Edgar  -  no responses  -  Neurological BlogAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder found in children who have difficulty paying attention or...

Brain Injury Biomarkers Associated With Outcomes of Premature Infants

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High levels of neurofilament light (NfL), a brain injury biomarker, during the first weeks of postnatal life are associated with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and Bayley...

FDA Approves Shorter Infusion Time for MS Drug Ocrevus

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for a shorter 2-hour infusion time for Ocrevus® (ocrelizumab; Genentech) for patients...

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Increase Risk of Neurologic Toxicities

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The following article is part of conference coverage from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Neurology Advisor’s staff will be reporting breaking...

Present and Future » Department of Neurology » College of Medicine » University of...

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Congratulations Drs. Irene Malaty and Michael Okun on the publication of “The 5 Pillars in Tourette Syndrome Deep Brain Stimulation Patient Selection: Present and Future,” which...

Daylight saving time could be especially hard this weekend because of COVID-19 sleep loss

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The clock springs forward one hour on Sunday morning, March 14 for most people in the U.S. That is not an appealing...

‘Zoom Fatigue’ and What to Do About It

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One of the more timely (if not ironic) sessions held at the recent virtual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology was on “Zoom fatigue,” the...

New Drug to Halt Dementia After Multiple Head Injuries

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Summary: Blocking substance P following a head injury can prevent tau protein tangles from forming in the brain and lower the risk for CTE and other...

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