Category Archives: Neurology

Medical information, latest research and news on the specialized medical field of Neurology covering diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems such as dementia, headaches, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular diseases.

Basics of neurological disorders for primary care physicians

Neurological disorders include structural, biochemical, or electrical abnormalities in the brain, spinal chord, or the nerves leading to or from them, resulting in a wide range of debilitating symptoms. Neurologic disability is on the rise and may be considered a “hidden” epidemic for India, soon to join the burden of… 

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Study underscores need for stroke symptom screening in patients with diabetes

A recent population-based study found that it may be a good idea to routinely screen patients with diabetes for stroke symptoms. That’s because the analysis found that nearly 1 in 4 people with diabetes reported stroke symptoms—and the presence of these symptoms with no physician diagnosis of stroke have been… 

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Antibiotics for treating acute ischemic stroke—a novel idea?

Minocycline 200 mg once daily taken at the time of first stroke symptoms may aid in improving clinical deficits following an acute ischemic stroke (AIS), but more robust and better controlled clinical studies are needed before the antibiotic can be recommended for this indication. “There is an urgent need to… 

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Study finds high risk of recurrence in Indian patients with transient ischemic attack and minor ischemic stroke

A recent study in India tracked the short-term risk of additional events in patients who experienced transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) and minor ischemic strokes (MISs). TIAs and MISs, cerebrovascular events that are not acute, are associated with a risk of recurrence or deterioration. “This is the first Indian data on… 

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Apixaban reduces stroke rates in atrial fibrillation patients with previous stroke or TIA

In a subset of patients that had experienced a previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), treatment with the investigational drug apixaban resulted in a reduced rate of stroke and systemic embolism compared with warfarin, according to a recent subset analysis of a major clinical trial. Stroke is the third-leading… 

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Lipid levels not associated with symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage risk

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 1.5 million cases of new stroke occur in India each year, resulting in a loss of over 6 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) annually. In a new multicenter, post-hoc analysis of patient registries including more than 1,800 ischemic stroke suffers treated with intravenous… 

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Diabetic neuropathy may be linked to metabolic risk factors

Neuropathy is a common, disabling complication of diabetes, and its incidence in India is growing as the prevalence of diabetes—especially type 2 diabetes—continues to rise nationally. India has the world’s largest diabetic population, with an estimated 62 million people diagnosed with the condition, according to the Indian Council of Medical… 

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