Neurology

Seizure emergencies

Quick action guides treatment. Takeaways: Status epilepticus is a seizure that last 5 minutes or more or repetitive seizures with no recovery between them. Status epilepticus is a medical emergency requiring prompt action. The maximum...

Rapid access transient ischemic attack and stroke clinics reduce recurrent transient ischemic attacks

Reduce recurrent transient ischemic attacks Takeaways: The study presented in this article determined that recurrent TIA was significantly reduced in rapid access transient ischemic attack and stroke clinics compared previous clinic operation within the general...
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Adjusting sports drills to prevent concussions

A study in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics reports that interventions such as reducing the speed of players engaged in contact, correcting tackling technique, and progressing to contact may be more effective in reducing...
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Reducing readmissions in stroke patients

Recognizing those at risk and exploring evidence-based strategies Takeaways: Stroke prevalence is projected to rise significantly by 2030 and increasing survivorship will lead to increased hospital discharges and potential for readmissions. Stroke readmissions are multifaceted...

Study finds expanded stroke treatment window

The results of a recent study found that the time window for saving stroke victims from disability or death could be expanded to 16 hours. Traditional guidelines set that window at 6 hours. The key...
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Stroke alert

Quick identification of stroke in a postpartum patient yields positive result. Anna Connor, a 30-year-old woman, is admitted to the medical-surgical unit with a diagnosis of pneu­­monia. Her vital signs are stable (blood pressure ...
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Assessing and preventing cognitive impairment in the elderly

All segments of the international population are living longer, and many will experience dementia. Policymakers are focused on the cost estimates of caring for elders with cognitive impairment. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global federation of 85 Alzheimer’s associations, highlighted the need to make dementia an international health priority. The numbers in the report are staggering: 47 million people are estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, with the number projected to increase to more than 131 million by 2050. The report recommends that nations develop a plan to address dementia, removing the stigma around it, and protecting the human rights of these individuals.

Protein identified as critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check

A study by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute suggests that a protein called membralin is critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check and could provide a new path toward future treatments for Alzheimer’s...

Landmark study may impact standard stroke treatment guidelines

A new milestone study with results published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that clot removal up to 24 hours after stroke led to significantly reduced disability for properly selected patients. Read...
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Oral anticoagulants may reduce risk of dementia in patients with AF

Oral anticoagulants may reduce the risk of dementia in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study in the European Heart Journal. Read more via Academic.oup.com.
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Early-onset hypertension in women and dementia risk

Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s may be more likely to develop dementia years later, according to a study in Neurology. Read more via Neurology.org.

World Alzheimer’s Day – Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed....
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Possible blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Decades before people with Alzheimer's disease develop memory loss and confusion, their brains become dotted with plaques made of a sticky protein – called amyloid beta – that is thought to contribute to the...