Neurology

A quantum life

Quantum theory explains how you create your life through what you choose to think, then intend and, ultimately, do.

AHA launches new stroke initiative

The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association has launched Together to End Stroke, a national initiative to bring stroke awareness…

CDC releases new autism data

About 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to a new report from…

Challenging nursing’s sacred cows

Do you routinely instill normal saline solution into endotracheal tubes before suctioning? Use only the Glasgow Coma Scale for neurologic assessment? Evidence on these and other sacred cows of nursing practice might surprise you.

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Dementia: The quiet thief

The nurse’s note read, “not orientated to place and time due to dementia.” Several hours of general anesthesia for a…

Drugs Today – August 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals, at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

Easing the anguish of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease afflicts not just the person who has it but everyone in that person’s orbit. Learn how to help family members caring for patients with this nursing research.

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…

FDA approves new daily treatment for RLS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Horizant Extended Release Tablets (gabapentin enacarbil) as a daily treatment for moderate-to-severe…

FDA approves new MRI agent

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of…

FDA approves new MS drug

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Aubagio (teriflunomide), a once-a-day tablet for the treatment of…

Improving the care of stroke patients

Is your facility doing enough to help stroke patients survive and regain functional independence? Find out how a national evidence-based initiative helps hospitals deliver better stroke care.

Letters to the Editor – February 2008

Lack of evidence-based care for spinal cord injuries In your September article “Cervical spine injuries: Preserving function, improving outcomes,” the…

New guidelines for dementia and driving

Researchers have developed a new clinical pathway that provides guidance for healthcare providers to help dementia patients who drive. The…

Pediatric stroke

Learn more about this rare but dangerous condition.

Quiz Time

Which of the following patient assessment findings are consistent with the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease? a. The patient has…

Readers Respond

Is it syncope—or something worse? “A nice article on vasovagal syncope. Unfortunately the author omitted an important trigger—food sensitivities. I…

Rewards of neuro nursing

I am a nurse at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, on the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. I work with…

Spotting trouble after spinal surgery

The rapid response team makes all the right moves when a patient experiences neck swelling and difficulty swallowing after an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Stroke in pregnancy on the rise

A study published by Stroke found that the number of strokes in pregnant women has risen, especially for those in…

Take Note – August 2008

Web exclusive! A monthly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts at www.AmericanNurseToday.com

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Take Note – January 2007

Controversy over new Lyme disease guidelines The new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA) have run…
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Take Note – July 2008

Measles outbreak       Between January 1 and April 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of 64 measles…
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Take Note – March 2007

Previous hospital-room occupants may spread MRSA and VRE The risk of acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)…
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size…
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Take Note – November 2007

Medical illiteracy can kill A 6-year study of 3,260 patients ages 65 and older found that almost 40% of those…

Understanding seizures in children

Although seizures are scary for the child, parents, and bystanders, most pediatric seizures can be controlled or eliminated.

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