Neurology

Living With Periodic Paralysis: An Interview With Jacob Levitt, MD

Living With Periodic Paralysis: An Interview With Jacob Levitt, MD

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Neurology Advisor spoke with Jacob Levitt, MD, for his unique medical and patient perspectives on PP.

Public Health Professionals to Physicians, Lawyers: CTE in NFL Is a Significant Risk

Public Health Professionals to Physicians, Lawyers: CTE in NFL Is a Significant Risk

Public health researchers found that both healthcare and legal professionals have been "manufacturing doubt" regarding the severity of CTE in professional football.

Critical Illness and the Brain: Managing Risk for Cognitive Adverse Effects

Critical Illness and the Brain: Managing Risk for Cognitive Adverse Effects

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The results highlight the importance of evaluating and monitoring cognitive function in individuals with recent critical illness or major infections, especially if they are already at risk for dementia.

Comorbidities in Multiple Sclerosis: Effects on DMTs, the Treatment Team, and More

Comorbidities in Multiple Sclerosis: Effects on DMTs, the Treatment Team, and More

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Having a higher burden of comorbidities is associated with greater disability progression and lower QoL, as well as increased healthcare utilization and mortality.

Exploring the Benefits of Virtual Reality Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis

Exploring the Benefits of Virtual Reality Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis

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Future studies on VR training for MS should include large randomized controlled trials using clear protocols and comparable between-group tasks.

New AAN Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Consciousness

New AAN Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Consciousness

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The new guidelines place a substantial emphasis on the importance of introducing high-quality rehabilitation early in these patients.

Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers Expose Individuals to Long-Term Care Insurance Denial

Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers Expose Individuals to Long-Term Care Insurance Denial

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Approximately 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer disease or dementia.

Epidiolex Now Available to Treat Seizures Associated With LGS, Dravet Syndrome

Epidiolex Now Available to Treat Seizures Associated With LGS, Dravet Syndrome

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the treatment in June 2018, making it the first prescription pharmaceutical formulation of highly-purified, plant-derived cannabidiol, as well as the first treatment indicated for patients with Dravet syndrome.

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Attempting to engage on an intellectual level about the heady concept of brain death while in the throes of bereavement can often lead to mistrust and confusion.

Ivy League Rule Change Linked to Fewer Concussions During NCAA Football Games

Ivy League Rule Change Linked to Fewer Concussions During NCAA Football Games

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A 2016 experimental rule change in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Ivy League play has been linked to a reduction in concussions among players.

Improved Outcomes With New Protocol for Treating Acute Ischemic Stroke

Improved Outcomes With New Protocol for Treating Acute Ischemic Stroke

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Implementation of a physician-directed emergency stroke protocol resulted in decreased door-to-needle time and onset-to-treatment time.

Pediatric Migraine: Evidence-Based Alternative Management

Pediatric Migraine: Evidence-Based Alternative Management

Recent high-quality clinical trial evidence has demonstrated that medications commonly prescribed for migraine prevention in pediatric patients were not superior to placebo for reducing headache symptoms.

Gender and Multiple Sclerosis: How It Influences Prognosis and Future Treatment

Gender and Multiple Sclerosis: How It Influences Prognosis and Future Treatment

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A rapid increase in the female-to-male ratio of MS incidence has been observed through several population studies.

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

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Following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-related medication nonadherence significantly decreased among adults who survived stroke.

No Evidence to Support Periodic Driving Reassessment for Parkinson Disease

No Evidence to Support Periodic Driving Reassessment for Parkinson Disease

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This study compared driving performance measures from on-the-road, driving simulator, and real-life crash studies in patients with Parkinson disease.

Gender Differences in the Epidemiology of Migraine

Gender Differences in the Epidemiology of Migraine

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Men were not only less likely to consult a doctor for their migraines than women, they were also less likely to be diagnosed with migraine.

New Guideline for Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis, Management

New Guideline for Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis, Management

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Gradually increasing academic pursuits requires careful planning among the medical, school, and family units to enable prompt return and avoidance of prolonging school absence.

Primary Periodic Paralysis: A Physician's Personal Experience as a Patient

Primary Periodic Paralysis: A Physician's Personal Experience as a Patient

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Neurology Advisor spoke with Annabelle Baughan, a retired hematologist-oncologist, who discussed her personal experience with Andersen-Tawil syndrome.

Parkinson Disease and the Gut: Treatment Potential Abounds

Parkinson Disease and the Gut: Treatment Potential Abounds

Current evidence highlights the potential role of cross-talk between the enteric and central nervous systems and the pathogenesis of Parkinson disease.

The Role of Public Education Campaigns in Increasing Patient Response to TIA and Minor Stroke

The Role of Public Education Campaigns in Increasing Patient Response to TIA and Minor Stroke

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The UK FAST campaign attempted to bolster patient response to both transient ischemic attack and minor stroke.

Ethical Challenges of Nusinersen: Considerations When Counseling on Treatment

Ethical Challenges of Nusinersen: Considerations When Counseling on Treatment

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Although regarded as a miracle drug to some, nusinersen comes with some troublesome strings attached.

Space Flight-Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome Associated With Brain Upward Shift

Space Flight-Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome Associated With Brain Upward Shift

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Study results demonstrate that the eyes are gateways into the effects of space flight on the brain.

Following World Cup, FIFA Must Make Concussion Treatment a Priority

Following World Cup, FIFA Must Make Concussion Treatment a Priority

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Following the close of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA must consider how to better handle concussions moving forward.

Hormonal Contraceptives and Migraine: Is It Time to Revisit Stroke Risk?

Hormonal Contraceptives and Migraine: Is It Time to Revisit Stroke Risk?

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Current oral contraceptive products contain lower doses of estrogen than those used in the past, prompting reconsideration of risks and benefits.

United States High School Students Report Sport-Linked Concussion

United States High School Students Report Sport-Linked Concussion

The odds of reporting a concussion increased significantly with the number of sports teams on which a student played among all sex, grade, and racial/ethnic subgroups.

Herpesvirus Abundant in Alzheimer Disease Brain, New Study Finds

Herpesvirus Abundant in Alzheimer Disease Brain, New Study Finds

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While hundreds of published reports have made an argument for an association between Alzheimer disease and bacteria and viruses, the suggestion of a viral contribution to Alzheimer disease has not always been well received by the greater research community.

FDA to Review Sublingual Tx for Motor Fluctuations in Parkinson's Disease

FDA to Review Sublingual Tx for Motor Fluctuations in Parkinson's Disease

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The film is a new formulation of the dopamine agonist apomorphine, intended for rapid conversion from the OFF to the ON state; it has been studied to treat motor OFF episodes up to 5 times a day.

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Millennials: Expert Q&A

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Millennials: Expert Q&A

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As the most effective treatment for a patient with multiple sclerosis is one that is specifically tailored to the patient's individual needs and preferences, recognition of the unique characteristics, preferences, and trends shared by the millennial generation should drive innovative solutions.

Age of First Football Tackles Tied to Neurobehavioral Symptom Onset

Age of First Football Tackles Tied to Neurobehavioral Symptom Onset

Youth exposure to tackle football may reduce resiliency to late life neuropathology, according to research.

Palliative Care in Movement Disorders: Recommendations for Improvement

Palliative Care in Movement Disorders: Recommendations for Improvement

Parkinsonism syndromes are associated with progressive disability and increased mortality, with symptom burden comparable to that of advanced cancer.

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