General Neurology Feature Archive

Living With Periodic Paralysis: An Interview With Jacob Levitt, MD

Living With Periodic Paralysis: An Interview With Jacob Levitt, MD

Neurology Advisor spoke with Jacob Levitt, MD, for his unique medical and patient perspectives on PP.

New Diagnostic Criteria for Neurosarcoidosis: What You Need to Know

New Diagnostic Criteria for Neurosarcoidosis: What You Need to Know

The new guidelines will facilitate the design and development of clinical trials to test new therapies to minimize the burden of neurologic disability produced by neurosarcoidosis.

Opinion: Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?

Opinion: Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?

Benjamin Frush MD, a resident in internal medicine-pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, argues in favor of a role that physicians can play in integrating religion into their clinical practice. Rob Poole MB, FRCPsych, contends that physicians should never incorporate a religious element into clinical practice.

Popular Heroin Inhalation Method Tied to Leukoencephalopathy

Popular Heroin Inhalation Method Tied to Leukoencephalopathy

"Chasing the dragon" is an increasingly popular method of heroin inhalation among drug users.

Thoughts on Brain Death: The Last Time I Felt Like a Healer

Thoughts on Brain Death: The Last Time I Felt Like a Healer

Finding the balance of empathy and professionalism is a skill that not enough of us recognize as essential, and even fewer seek to teach.

Chiari Malformation: Wading Through the Confusion

Chiari Malformation: Wading Through the Confusion

Meta-analyses are only as good as the quality of the primary data, which is mostly low to medium evidence in the case of Chiari malformation.

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Attempting to engage on an intellectual level about the heady concept of brain death while in the throes of bereavement can often lead to mistrust and confusion.

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.

Fungal Infections of the CNS: Diagnostic and Treatment Approaches

Fungal Infections of the CNS: Diagnostic and Treatment Approaches

While immunocompromised patients are the most susceptible to CNS fungal infections, they can also occur in immunocompetent patients undergoing invasive procedures such as neurosurgery and in patients exposed to contaminated devices or drugs.

Navigating the Ethics of Agents for Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancement

Navigating the Ethics of Agents for Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancement

The focus on enhanced cognitive function could sideline equally important aspects of life such as health and relationships.

Ethical Considerations in New Coma Research

Ethical Considerations in New Coma Research

Research on therapies that may rouse a patient in a persistent vegetative state needs to include the ethical considerations of waking a patient in a state of incomplete recovery.

Decision Support Systems: Helpful or Harmful?

Decision Support Systems: Helpful or Harmful?

The automated diagnosis suggestion at the top of the EKG strip is the output of what is known as a decision support system.

Publication Bias in Neurology Research: Why It Matters and Why It Needs to Change

Publication Bias in Neurology Research: Why It Matters and Why It Needs to Change

Withholding negative research results not only skews scientific evidence but also puts into question the whole validity of medical research.

Infective Endocarditis: Best Practices for Treating Neurologic Complications

Infective Endocarditis: Best Practices for Treating Neurologic Complications

Ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes are a common complication of infective endocarditis, but guidance on intervention is varied.

Anesthesia and Long-Term Cognitive Decline: Is There a Link?

Anesthesia and Long-Term Cognitive Decline: Is There a Link?

Findings from animal studies indicate that anesthetics may be neurotoxic and could result in long-term central nervous system alterations and cognitive dysfunction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannabis: Current Evidence and Research Recommendations

Cannabis: Current Evidence and Research Recommendations

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

Diabetes and the Brain: The Effects of Hyperglycemia on Brain Health

Diabetes and the Brain: The Effects of Hyperglycemia on Brain Health

Long-term exposure to hyperglycemia may have ill effects on the brain, making diabetes patients more prone to dementia and cognitive impairment.

Determination and Associated Controversies of Brain Death

Determination and Associated Controversies of Brain Death

Determinations of brain death are becoming increasingly clouded by special circumstances, religious beliefs, and inconsistencies across state lines.

The Evolution of Care and Cost in Teleneurology

The Evolution of Care and Cost in Teleneurology

The role of teleneurology can grow far beyond critical stroke care, but only if medical liabilities and insurance steps out of the way.

Building the Imaging Dataset for the Human Connectome Project

Building the Imaging Dataset for the Human Connectome Project

Kamil Ugurbil, PhD, is leading the monumental 5-year Human Connectome brain imaging project that's making use of 7T MRI technology.

Bias Against Pharma-Funding Research is Detrimental

Bias Against Pharma-Funding Research is Detrimental

Prejudice against pharma-funded research could have an ill effect on the health-care industry.

BRAIN Initiative Set to Revolutionize Data Collection and Sharing

BRAIN Initiative Set to Revolutionize Data Collection and Sharing

Adopting a more open-access environment crucial to developing new technologies for understanding the human brain.

5 Tips for Cutting Wasteful Spending in Neurology

5 Tips for Cutting Wasteful Spending in Neurology

As part of an industry effort to reduce wasteful practices that contribute to healthcare costs, the American Academy of Neurology published its recommendations, code-named "Choose Wisely."

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