Neurology

Potential vaccine for Alzheimer’s Disease progession

In an effort to honor National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, we would like to highlight a new study which may offer hope to those within the Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) community; a new vaccine is being...

Understanding bipolar disorder

What is bipolar disorder and why is it so difficult to diagnose? Takeaways Bipolar disorder (BD) frequently is misdiagnosed as depression. Indicators of BD include hypomanic symptoms, family history of BD, age of symptom onset,...

Beer potomania and hyponatremia

Excellent nursing care is required to prevent potentially deadly overtreatment. Takeaways Beer potomania is an unusual syndrome of severe hyponatremia associated with excessive beer ingestion in the presence of alcohol use disorder and malnutrition. Excellent...

Meditation-based therapy may reduce occurrence of sleep paralysis

A new study published in Frontiers in Neurology explores a new therapeutic technique to reduce the occurrence of sleep paralysis (SP) in patients with narcolepsy. SP involves a feeling of paralysis a person may...

Oxytocin as a treatment for Alzheimer’s

With over 5.5 million people in the United States affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, doctors are constantly on the lookout for a potential treatment. Recently, researchers at Tokyo University of Science and Kitasoto University, both in...

Evidence suggests that desk-based jobs may lower the risk of cognitive decline

New research appearing in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests that people who work desk-based jobs may have a lower risk of cognitive decline than those who work in physically active roles. The research was...

Strokes related to COVID-19 are found to be more severe

COVID-19 patients who suffer from an acute ischemic stroke (AIS) are likely to experience more severe, even deadly, strokes than AIS patients who do not have COVID-19. Research published in Stroke journal analyzed the data...

Stroke: Act FAST

Quick action ensures timely therapy. Takeaways: The FAST acronym (Face, Arm, Speech, Time to call 911) are critical to recognizing signs of stroke and ensuring quick treatment. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) stroke scale,...

Link between dementia and repetitive negative thinking identified

A new study published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal has identified a possible link between repetitive negative thinking (RNT) and dementia. RNT, according to the study, is centralized around repeatedly thinking about the past...

New findings may help solve the mystery of anesthesia

Despite the everyday use of anesthesia by health professionals, it is still a scientific mystery. Scientists from Scripps Research conducted a study in order to better understand the mechanisms of general anesthetics. Researchers used nanoscale...

How the brain balances feelings of stress and calm

An imaging study published in the Nature Communications journal focused on how different regions of the brain, specifically the hypothalamus and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, react to stressful images. Common physical effects of stress include heightened...
brain health

Study examines connection between brain health and sleep-disordered breathing

A new study recently published in JAMA Neurology examines if there is a potential link between brain health and “sleep-disordered breathing (SLB).” The study examined over 100 “community-dwelling” adults who had cognitive impairments and if...

Avoiding antipsychotic medication use in nursing home residents with dementia

Nurses are critical to improved resident well-being. Takeaways: Elderly patients using antipsychotic medications are at a 1.6 to 1.7 times increased of risk of death, and antipsychotic medications are associated with significant side effects. Individual...