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Neck Manipulation & Stroke Risk

A scientific statement from the American Heart Association has found that manipulating the neck may lead to cervical dissection, a type of arterial tear that can lead to stroke. Healthcare providers are urged to inform patients of this association before they undergo neck manipulation.

Diagnosing Stroke in the ED

Studies suggest that there are missed opportunities to diagnose cerebrovascular causes for stroke symptoms. “While traditional stroke symptoms are rarely missed,” says David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, “clinicians can sometimes overlook or discount non-specific symptoms, such as dizziness or headache.”

Quantifying Misdiagnoses

In the journal Diagnosis, Dr.…

Stroke Guidelines for Women

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released women-specific guidelines on reducing stroke risk. Many risk factors for women are present at younger ages, meaning that early recognition of stroke risk may lead to earlier use of prevention strategies.


MCI & AD: Searching for Protective Strategies

According to current data, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of mortality in the United States. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can occur as people age and may lead to the development of dementia or AD. Studies suggest that patients with MCI have a 10-fold increased risk of developing dementia when compared with those who are cognitively normal.…

Proactive Diagnosis of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy can be a debilitating sleep disorder caused by the dysregulation of neurophysiological pathways that control the stability of sleep and wake states in patients. Narcolepsy has a worldwide prevalence of about 26 to 50 per 100,000 individuals. However, the disease is associated with high healthcare resource use, substantial functional limitations, and reduced employment and work productivity.…

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.


Medicine 2064

Medicine 2064 With Dr. Daniel Kraft

Curing half of the world’s known cancers, granting movement to the paralyzed, preventing Alzheimer’s. Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft believes all of this and more can happen by 2064. In this first film in our “Conversations with Tomorrow” series, take a glimpse at the future of medicine and its impact on our lives.…

Linking Vitamin D to Dementia

Adults who were moderately deficient or severely deficient in vitamin D had a 53% and 125% increased risk of developing dementia, respectively, in the largest study examining the link between low vitamin D levels and dementia published this month in Neurology.…

First Comprehensive Guidelines for Pediatric Concussion

The first comprehensive pediatric concussion guidelines were launched by pediatric emergency medicine researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. The guidelines provide healthcare providers with evidence-based recommendations to standardize the diagnosis and management of concussion in children aged 5 to 18 years old, from the initial assessment through to the period of recovery, which can last months.…


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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