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Advances in Managing Multiple Sclerosis

New therapies are continuing to emerge for the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis. Although more research is needed to determine how best to use these products, they represent hope for continued improvement in managing patients with this debilitating disease.

Acute Spinal Cord Injury: New Practice Guidelines

About a decade ago, the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) released guidelines for the management of acute cervical spine and spinal cord injuries.…

An Innovative DBS System for Parkinson’s

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is a procedure in which electrodes are implanted into specific brain structures and connected to a pacemaker. DBS has been used effectively to treat several neurologic conditions, including Parkinson’s disease. Several companies have developed DBS systems, one of the newest being the ClearPoint Neuro Intervention System (MRI Interventions).…


An Innovation in Diagnosing Stroke

An easy-to-use video-oculography device that is lightweight, portable, and noninvasive may someday be used in EDs to help non-specialists diagnose stroke in patients with acute vertigo or dizziness.

Managing Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is one of the most common complications associated with diabetes. Recent esti­mates show that DPN affects approximately 50% of people with diabetes in the United States. Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) has been defined as the clinical scenario in which neuropathic pain arises as a direct consequence of DPN.…

Predicting Stroke Risk in Patients With ACS

Clinical outcomes after stroke can be devastating and include high risks of mortality and severe debilitation. In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, my colleagues and I sought to develop a clinical risk prediction model that would allow physicians to identify patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who are at a higher risk of developing in-hospital stroke.…


New Evidence-Based Guidelines: 4 Signs of Concussion

The first part of new evidence-based guidelines, published in the September 2014 issue of Neurosurgery, sought to identify which signs, symptoms, and neurologic and cognitive deficits have the highest and most consistent prevalence in samples of individuals sustaining a potentially concussive event.…

Paralyzed Surgeon Overcomes the Odds to Re-enter the OR

After a devastating health diagnosis, major spinal surgery and paralysis from the waist down, no one would have blamed Ted Rummel, DO, if he had decided to retire and lead a low-key life. But a lot of people would have been surprised, most of all Dr.…

Actor Seth Rogen’s Senate Hearing on Alzheimer’s Research

Actor/Director Seth Rogen appeared on Capitol Hill recently to speak before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the rising costs of Alzheimer’s disease on Americans, and to address the lack of funding for adequate treatment or a cure. Rogen has been married to screenwriter-actress Lauren Miller since 2011.…


Benefits Seen With Earlier Surgery for Epilepsy

A Cleveland Clinic study suggests that early resection using frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE) surgery may improve seizure outcomes. Age younger than 18 and epilepsy duration of less than 5 years were both associated with better seizure-related outcomes. Left-sided resections and acute postoperative seizures predicted a poorer prognosis.…

Regular Neurologist Care Helps Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

The risk of hospitalization and re-hospitalization for several Parkinson’s disease-related illnesses appears to be lower among patients who receive regular neurologist care when compared with those who do not. In a study, researchers noted that their findings may reflect an improved ability of neurologists to prevent, recognize, or treat Parkinson’s disease complications.…

Restless Legs Syndrome & CHD Among Women

American researchers suggest that women who have had physician-diagnosed restless legs syndrome (RLS) for at least 3 years have higher risks of coronary heart disease (CHD). When compared with women without RLS, those with RLS for more than 3 years had a hazard ratio of 1.72 for developing CHD.…

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