Neurology

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 have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred.

While the . . .

February 2015 Vol. 10 No. 2

Author: Misti Tuppeny, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS

Remember the first time a patient had a seizure on your shift? Chances are, it took you by surprise and gave you a good scare. Over time, you’ve probably grown more adept at handling these events.

But how would you cope with seizures if you had them yourself every . . .

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Shannon Hudson, PhD, RN

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after being hospitalized for acute chest syndrome. According to her mother, Adrienne has been complaining of severe persistent headaches for the past 24 hours. Her primary care . . .

September 2014 Vol. 9 No. 9

Author: Laura Mcilvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNRN

Nina Robbins, age 36, is admitted to the medical unit with pyelonephritis. She states she has had a fever above 102° F, back pain, vomiting, and painful urination for the last 24 hours. Her urinalysis reveals bacteria. Admitting vital signs are blood pressure (BP) 140/82 mm Hg, heart rate . . .

September 2014 Vol. 9 No. 9

Author: Mark Bauman, MS, RN, CCRN, and Tammy Russo McCourt, BSN, RN, CCRN

Ruby Jacobs, age 84, arrives at the emergency department with a headache, which she says has gotten worse over the past week despite taking acetaminophen. Her past medical history includes atrial fibrillation managed with metoprolol 50 mg b.i.d. and warfarin 5 mg daily. She responds to voice but . . .

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

In patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the administration of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) or maintaining a higher hemoglobin (Hgb) concentration through blood transfusion did not improve neurological outcome at 6 months, according to a study in JAMA. Transfusing at higher hemoglobin concentrations was associated with a higher risk . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

College football players with and without a history of concussions have less volume in the hippocampal region of the brain that relates to memory and emotion, according to a study in JAMA. Read more . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Exercise should be prescribed for stroke survivors because it can significantly reduce disability and the risk of recurrent stroke, according to “Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Stroke Survivors,” an AHA/ASA Scientific Statement published in Stroke. Read more and access the statement . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

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 to women who experienced menopause after the age of 50, those with a premature menopause had a more than 40% increased risk of poor performance . . .

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