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.

Retinopathy may be risk factor for cerebrovascular disease

In women aged 65 years and older, retinopathy is a marker for cerebrovascular disease that manifests as deficits in global cognition, a recent study found. Key Point: Retinopathy as a marker of small vessel disease is a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease in women aged 65 years and older. Proactive… 

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Longstanding diabetes increases risk of stroke

Strokes are much more likely in patients who have had diabetes for 10 or more years compared with those without diabetes, according to findings from the Northern Manhattan Study, a research study of stroke and stroke risk factors. “The findings emphasize the chronic nature of diabetes and the fact that… 

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Alzheimer’s disease drug donepezil demonstrates promising safety profile

Key Point: Donepezil’s cardiac safety profile appears promising in this small-scale, short-term study. If drugs with a similar mechanism of action that affect acetylcholine are prescribed in patients receiving this therapy, patients should be closely monitored for potential cardiac effects. However, these effects have not been significantly demonstrated in patients… 

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Forceps-assisted delivery associated with fewer neurologic complications

Forceps-assisted vaginal deliveries appear to be associated with fewer total neurologic complications, including seizure, than either vacuum-assisted or Cesarean deliveries, a recent study found. However, forceps-assisted delivery, compared with the other delivery methods, was associated with a higher incidence of brachial plexus injury and facial nerve palsy. “Vacuum-assisted deliveries are… 

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Early assessment by CT/CT angiography helps predict recurrent stroke after TIA and minor stroke

CT/CT angiography can be a helpful diagnostic tool in predicting which patients who have experienced transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke are at highest risk of recurrent stroke, especially within the first 48 hours, according to a recent study by Canadian investigators. Key Point: CT/CTA is a practical solution… 

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New neurological complications emerging in dengue fever

A retrospective study conducted over 2 years in a tertiary center in Northern India has taken a closer look at neurological complications that are occurring with increasing frequency in dengue infection. “Initially, dengue was not considered neurotropic. However, enough evidence has accumulated to call it a neurotropic or neuroinvasive virus.”… 

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Clopidogrel plus aspirin can cause more harm than good in small subcortical stroke prevention

Adding clopidogrel to aspirin as an anti-blood clot regimen is unlikely to prevent recurrent small subcortical strokes and also may increase the risk of bleeding and death in patients with subcortical stroke (S3), according to a recent study that investigators stopped early due to these findings. Key Point: Adding clopidogrel… 

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