Neurology

Reports of high-impact neurology studies by medical professionals

[THE LANCET] Radiation exposure from CT scans in childhood linked with leukemia and brain...

Image: CC/rosiescancerfund Computed tomography (CT) imaging is a quick and easily accessible diagnostic tool, and its use has increased over the past decade. Compared to...

[Neurology] Heavy alcohol intake and intracerebral hemorrhage: Characteristics and effect on outcome

Image:CC/Silktork Primer: Heavy alcohol consumption has long been considered a risk factor for intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), yet there exists little research regarding the effect of...

Minor Strokes, TIAs increase risk of disability [Stroke]

Image: CC/L. Henry Key study points: 1.      15% of patients with minor strokes/TIAs were disabled within 3 months. 2.      In addition to positive CT/CT angiography and ongoing...

Addition of neuroleptics Droperidol or Olanzapine provide more rapid sedation of agitated patients than...

Image: CC Key study points: 1.     Administration of IV droperidol or olanzapine as an adjunct to midazolam is an effective method of sedation that not associated...

Acupuncture helpful for chronic pain: new meta-analysis [Arch Intern Med.]

Image: CC/RenatoGanoza Key study points: 1.      Acupuncture provides a statistically significant and clinically relevant benefit for chronic pain relief over usual medical care. 2.      The benefit...

BG-12 reduces relapse rates in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis [NEJM]

Image: CC/CWilliams Key study points: 1.     In patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, twice-daily and thrice-daily BG-12 significantly reduced relapse rates and improved radiologic outcomes. 2.     The...

Periprocedural anticoagulation: Heparin bridging therapy associated with increased risk of bleeding

Image: CC Key study points: 1.    Patients on long-term warfarin who undergo periprocedural bridging with heparin have a >5x increased risk of overall bleeding and >3x...

Obesity phenotypes in midlife linked to cognitive decline in old age

Image: CC/PLoS Key study points: 1.     Obese-metabolically normal and obese-metabolically abnormal patients had similar cognitive levels during baseline and cognitive decline after 10 years 2.     In the...

Neuroleptic use associated with increased Parkinson’s risk in the elderly

Image: PD. A Thorazine ad from the 1950s. Key study points: 1. The risk of Parkinson’s disease in an elderly cohort was increased more than three-fold...

Poststroke fatigue following nondisabling stroke associated with impairment of attention and executive function

Image: CC/James Heilman Key study points: 1. Higher levels of depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, and executive dysfunction are all positively correlated with poststroke fatigue at 1...

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