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Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia: Discerning the differences

Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia: Discerning the differences

Assessment is key for optimal management. Takeaways: An early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is decline in cognition, most typically manifesting as short-term memory loss. Early...

Rewards of neuro nursing

I am a nurse at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, on the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. I work with some of the most...
Detecting long-term concussion in athletes

Detecting long-term concussion in athletes

Researchers develop method that could one day be used in brain trauma lawsuits Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually...

Surgical intervention for adults with intractable, drug-resistant epilepsy

Remember the first time a patient had a seizure on your shift? Chances are, it took you by surprise and gave you a good...

Stroke in a child with sickle cell anemia

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after...

Respiratory failure from a myasthenic crisis

Nina Robbins, age 36, is admitted to the medical unit with pyelonephritis. She states she has had a fever above 102° F, back pain,...
Assessing and managing patients with chronic subdural hematoma

Assessing and managing patients with chronic subdural hematoma

Ruby Jacobs, age 84, arrives at the emergency department with a headache, which she says has gotten worse over the past week despite taking...

Study: Higher Hgb or receiving EPO doesn’t improve neuro outcomes in patients with TBI

In patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the administration of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) or maintaining a higher hemoglobin (Hgb) concentration through blood...

New MRI technique may help in early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have developed a simple MRI technique that may help in the early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Read more and read the study abstract.

Study: TV violence may affect brain development in young adult men

Young adult men who watch more violence on television show indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning, according to a study...

Exercise is key part of stroke recovery

Exercise should be prescribed for stroke survivors because it can significantly reduce disability and the risk of recurrent stroke, according to “Physical Activity and...

Study: Playing football and effects on brain

College football players with and without a history of concussions have less volume in the hippocampal region of the brain that relates to memory...

Study: Brain and cognitive reserves protect against cognitive decline in patients with MS

A study of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), published in Neurology, has found that brain reserve and cognitive reserve help protect against cognitive decline...

Study: Premature menopause may affect later-life cognition

Premature menopause is associated with long-term negative effects on cognitive function, suggests a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Compared...
Normal-pressure hydrocephalus

Normal-pressure hydrocephalus: The “wet, wobbly, and wacky” triad

An often-missed diagnosis, this condition may mimic certain types of dementia.

Study: Marijuana use in young adults may cause brain changes

The size and shape of two brain regions (the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala) involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults...

Study: Phase II drugs may help prevent migraine attacks

Two studies presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting, 2014, may offer hope to people with migraines. The two phase II...

Study: New delirium severity measure

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports on an effective new delirium severity measure (CAM-S) based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM),...

FDA allows marketing of first device to prevent migraine headaches

On March 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first device as a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. This...

Study: U.S. women don’t know most stroke warning signs

According to a study in Stroke, many U.S. women don’t know most of the warning signs of stroke. Of the 1,205 women in the...

MARS®: The new frontier in treating acute liver failure

A type of dialysis, MARS removes toxins and replaces lost liver functions.

Continuing use of statins may reduce risk of delirium in ICU patients

Continuing statin therapy in patients already on this therapy is associated with a lower daily risk of delirium in ICU patients, according to a...
Postdischarge nursing care of stroke patients

Postdischarge nursing care of stroke patients

Home health nurses play a vital role in helping patients recover from stroke

Study: Vitamin E may slow decline from Alzheimer disease

“Effect of Vitamin E and memantine on functional decline in Alzheimer disease,” a study published in JAMA, reports that 2,000 units of vitamin E,...

Study: Head trauma associated with Alzheimer disease changes

A study published in Neurology has found that among patients with mild cognitive impairment, self-reported head trauma with at least momentary loss of consciousness...
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Act fast when new neurologic deficits arise

Alert clinicians take immediate steps to eliminate a life threatening epidural hematoma.

FDA approves medical device for epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device to help reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients who have not...

Study: Nonconcussion head impacts may affect cognition

A study in Neurology reports that repeated blows to the head during a season of contact sports may cause changes in the brain's white...

Study: No same-day play for athletes with concussion symptoms

Any athlete with concussion symptoms should not be allowed to return to play on the same day, according to the latest consensus statement on...

Vagus nerve stimulation may reduce HF symptoms

A global, multicenter randomized clinical trial called INOVATE-HF (INcrease Of VAgal TonE in chronic Heart Failure) is investigating the safety and efficacy of an...

Study: Antihypertensives decrease risk of Alzheimer disease

Diuretics, angiotensin-1 receptor blockers, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors seemed to reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a study, published in Neurology,...

Study: Lower blood glucose may be good for brain function

Even for people who don’t have diabetes, those who have higher glucose levels are more likely to have memory problems, according to a study...
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Study: Smartphone app valid cognitive dysfunction screening

The Stroop smartphone application (EncephalApp_Stroop) is a short, valid, and reliable tool for screening for minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE), according to a study in...

Study: Dementia increases risk of incontinence

A UK study in PLOS Medicine found that people with dementia have about three times the rate of urinary incontinence and more than four...

Complications after brain hemorrhage repair

To save this patient, the team must halt cerebral artery vasospasms quickly.

Transesophageal echocardiography: Getting a clearer view

This minimally invasive approach provides an unobstructed view of nearly all cardiac structures.

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menopause and sleep problems

Menopause and Sleep Problems

Data shows that sleep disturbances increase in prevalence during the menopausal transition, with the most common complaint being nighttime awakenings. Take our quick three-question survey...