General Neurology

FDA Makes Push to Improve Generic Drug Availability

FDA Makes Push to Improve Generic Drug Availability

The FDA will give priority reviews to new generic drugs until there are at least 3 on the market.

Do Mood Disorders Indicate Premature Aging?

Do Mood Disorders Indicate Premature Aging?

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Putative pathogensis insights have grown tremendously in the past 10 years.

Smartphone Use May Be Cutting Into Cognitive Capacity

Smartphone Use May Be Cutting Into Cognitive Capacity

Two experiments show presence of devices is associated with reduction in cognitive capacity

Zika Infection Evident in Placental, Fetal Tissue

Zika Infection Evident in Placental, Fetal Tissue

Colleagues analyzed results of tissue testing for pregnancy-related Zika infection in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Brain Inflammation Observed in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Brain Inflammation Observed in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Researchers found inflammation 32% higher in 6 brain regions that play a role in OCD.

Medication Errors, Falls Responsible for Adverse Events in Nursing Homes

Medication Errors, Falls Responsible for Adverse Events in Nursing Homes

The most serious adverse events were caused by medication errors, falls, or delayed or inappropriate intervention.

Age Impacts Likelihood of Discharge Against Medical Advice

Age Impacts Likelihood of Discharge Against Medical Advice

Race/ethnicity and poverty are more pronounced as risk factors for DAMA in elderly inpatients.

Zika Virus Risk: The Latest Numbers

Zika Virus Risk: The Latest Numbers

Surveillance also spotted an increase in mosquitoes that transmit dengue virus and chikungunya virus.

Diabetes, Obesity Linked to Cortical Atrophy

Diabetes, Obesity Linked to Cortical Atrophy

The researchers found that global mean cortical thickness was lower in the overweight/obese T2DM group.

1 in 20 Pregnant Women With Zika Infection Have Children With Birth Defects

1 in 20 Pregnant Women With Zika Infection Have Children With Birth Defects

Zika-related birth defects might occur following Zika infection during any trimester of pregnancy.

Persons of Color Less Likely to See a Neurologist

Persons of Color Less Likely to See a Neurologist

Without access to outpatient care, individuals may face much higher medical costs.

Lead Tests May Have Inaccurate Results, FDA Warns

Lead Tests May Have Inaccurate Results, FDA Warns

The FDA has issued a warning regarding the accuracy of lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics.

Practice Guidelines: Body Cooling May Prevent Brain Injury After Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Practice Guidelines: Body Cooling May Prevent Brain Injury After Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

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For survivors of nontraumatic cardiac arrest, brain injury becomes a major factor in disability and long-term survival.

Obesity Linked to Brain Function Abnormalities in Diabetics

Obesity Linked to Brain Function Abnormalities in Diabetics

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In addition to brain imaging, patients underwent cognitive tests to assess memory, executive function, and psychomotor speed.

Exercise Benefits Cognition in Older Adults

Exercise Benefits Cognition in Older Adults

Significant benefits were seen with aerobic exercise, resistance training, multicomponent training, and tai chi.

Zika Virus May Trigger Epilepsy in Infants

Zika Virus May Trigger Epilepsy in Infants

The finding isn't overly surprising since the types of brain abnormalities seen in Zika-affected newborns have been linked to seizures and epilepsy in the past.

A Zika Virus Outbreak in the US Could Cost Billions

A Zika Virus Outbreak in the US Could Cost Billions

The threat of a zika virus outbreak is still significant in the US, especially in southern states like Texas, Florida, and Georgia.

FDA Approves Marketing of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Risk Tests

FDA Approves Marketing of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Risk Tests

A saliva analysis can indicate a higher risk of Parkinson's disease, among others.

With Costs Rising, A Call for More Neurology Funding

With Costs Rising, A Call for More Neurology Funding

With nearly $800 billion in health care costs spent annually on neurological disorders, researchers are calling for more funding for research as the US population ages.

Concerns Arise Over Reporting of Negative Clinical Trial Data

Concerns Arise Over Reporting of Negative Clinical Trial Data

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The main objection to nonreporting of negative results is that it contributes to a body of knowledge that is at best, incomplete, and at worst, wrong.

Exploring Links Between Zika, GBS, Microcephaly in Brazil

Exploring Links Between Zika, GBS, Microcephaly in Brazil

There was an apparent resurgence of Zika virus and GBS early in 2016, but no subsequent increase in microcephaly.

Patient Advocacy Groups and Conflict of Interest: Should You Be Wary?

Patient Advocacy Groups and Conflict of Interest: Should You Be Wary?

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A survey showed 67.3% of patient advocacy organizations received industry funding, while 11.9% received more than half of their funding from industry.

FDA Warns of Experimental Procedure to Treat Autonomic Dysfunction

FDA Warns of Experimental Procedure to Treat Autonomic Dysfunction

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For the second time, the US FDA is warning physicians and patients to be aware of an experimental procedure that is being promoted as a treatment in autonomic dysfunction.

Radiation Dose Influences Optic Neuropathy Risk

Radiation Dose Influences Optic Neuropathy Risk

There were no significant associations for alternative risk factors after controlling for radiation dosage.

CDC: Updated Immunization Schedule

CDC: Updated Immunization Schedule

The CDC recommends that people with an egg allergy should still get the influenza vaccine, but under the strict supervision of a physician.

Cannabis: Current Evidence and Research Recommendations

Cannabis: Current Evidence and Research Recommendations

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report

Brain Stimulation May Aid in Bulimia Treatment

Brain Stimulation May Aid in Bulimia Treatment

All patients reported a reduction in bulimia symptoms during the 24 hours after undergoing transcranial direct current stimulation

Can Cognitive Training Help Patients Cope With Tinnitus?

Can Cognitive Training Help Patients Cope With Tinnitus?

Patients reported feeling improvements in their tinnitus, as well as their memory, attention, and concentration.

FDA Warns of Implantable Infusion Pumps in MRI

FDA Warns of Implantable Infusion Pumps in MRI

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The magnetic resonance environment poses safety risks for patients with implantable infusion pumps.

Weight Loss-Focused Intervention Has No Cognitive Benefits

Weight Loss-Focused Intervention Has No Cognitive Benefits

No correlation was found for cognitive function with changes in weight or fitness.

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