Neurology

March 20, 2013

AAN: DaTscan Imaging May Improve Dementia

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Differential diagnosis of dementia in patients with equivocal clinical presentations may be sharpened with an imaging technique recently approved for other purposes, a researcher said here. SPECT imaging with a radioactive iodine-based tracer — sold under the name DaTscan — distinguished patients with Lewy body dementia and non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from those with […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, DaTscan, dementia, Dr. Bradley Boeve, imaging technique, Lewy Body Dementia, MedPage Today, mild cognitive impairment, SPECT imaging


March 19, 2013

Alzheimer’s Kills More in U.S. as Advocates Seek Funding

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

While the National Alzheimer’s Project Act was signed into law in January 2011 to coordinate efforts to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, funding hasn’t caught up, advocates and researchers said. “Even before the sequester, the National Institute on Aging was only funding about 1 in 10 of the grants they received even though easily twice as many were meritorious,” said […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, American Academy of Neurology, Bloomberg, Dr. David Knopman, funding, National Alzheimer's Project Act, National Institute on Aging


March 18, 2013

Quest 5-in-1 Demential Test May Help Rule Out Alzheimer’s

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Quest’s testing panel may not turn up a huge number of treatable cases of dementia. Reversible forms are much less common than Alzheimer’s disease and others such as vascular dementia, said David Knopman, a member of the American Academy of Neurology and a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Unfortunately and disappointingly, it is exceedingly rare” to […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, American Academy of Neurology, Bloomberg, dementia, Dr. David Knopman, Quest, treatable dementia, vascular dementia


March 15, 2013

‘Spring Forward’ is nothing to yawn at

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Pablo Castillo is an assistant professor of neurology at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic and specializes in sleep medicine and disorders. A time-change opponent, he said the time change works against the body’s natural order. “The problem is that your biological clock will not recognized a forced clock time, the spring forward,” Castillo said. “Some people stay […]

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Tags: biological clock, delayed sleep phase disorder, Dr. Pablo Castillo, Florida Times-Union, spring-forward, time change


March 8, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich Karl Oestreich (@KarlWOestreich)

    March 8, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media […]

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Tags: A.D.H.D., ABC News, ACC, ADHD, Affordable care act, alzheimers, American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session, AP, Ardell Brede, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Bill George, Bloomberg


March 4, 2013

The pre-Alzheimer’s brain

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Using several effective methods to find early signs of Alzheimer’s disease is important, says Glen Smith, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist working on early detection of Alzheimer’s at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and a member of APA’s Committee on Aging. “The more ways you measure something, the more accurately it’s measured,” he says.   APA […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, APA Monitor, Committee on Aging, Dr. Glen Smith, early signs


February 21, 2013

Making Newer Antiepileptic Drugs Available to Children

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

More research on AUDs for pediatric epilepsy is critical, according to Raj D. Sheth, M.D., chief of neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. “The lack of information makes it difficult for neurologists, who have to prescribe off  label; difficult for the insurance companies, who often restrict medications if they’re not clearly […]

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Tags: antiepileptic drugs, AUDs, Dr. Raj D. Sheth, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Neurology Now, pediatric epilepsy


February 20, 2013

What Parents Need to Know – and Do – About Their Teenagers and Sports Concussions

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Dr. David Dodick is president of the American Migraine Foundation and immediate past-president of the American Headache Society.  He is also Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant in neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, Arizona…This year, Take Your Family to School Week events will educate families on […]

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Tags: American Headache Society, American Migraine Foundation, concussions, Dr. David Dodick, PTA Newsroom, Take Your Family to School Week


February 18, 2013

Alzheimer’s was Minnesota man’s path to fame, then jail

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

As it turns out, though, Smith didn’t have dementia at all. He faked it to qualify for disability insurance and will soon be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim for defrauding the government…”It’s an amazing case,” said Dr. David S. Knopman, a Mayo Clinic neurologist who diagnosed Smith as having Alzheimer’s in 2005. “I […]

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Tags: defrauding government, disability insurance, Dr. David S. Knopman, Star Tribune


February 15, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich Karl Oestreich (@KarlWOestreich)

    February 15, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media […]

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Tags: ABC News, alzheimer's disease, american heart association, Becker’s Hospital Review, Bemidji Pioneer, Business Insider, Cardiology, CBS, CBS News, Chad Hartman, destination medical center, DMC


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