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Neurology

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

The size and shape of two brain regions (the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala) involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Read more . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

Two studies presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting, 2014, may offer hope to people with migraines. The two phase II drugs (ALD403 and LY2951742) significantly reduced the number of migraine days per month. Read more . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports on an effective new delirium severity measure (CAM-S) based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), Read more and read the study abstract . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

On March 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first device as a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. This is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device specifically authorized for use before the onset of pain. Read more . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

According to a study in Stroke, many U.S. women don’t know most of the warning signs of stroke. Of the 1,205 women in the telephone survey, 51% identified sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the face, arms or legs as a warning sign of a . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

Continuing statin therapy in patients already on this therapy is associated with a lower daily risk of delirium in ICU patients, according to a study in the American Journal of Critical Care Medicine.
Read more . . .

January 2014 Vol. 9 No. 1

Author: Jeanne Drouillard, BSN, MA, RN, NE-BC, and Sandra Sutter, BSN, RN

“Effect of Vitamin E and memantine on functional decline in Alzheimer disease,” a study published in JAMA, reports that 2,000 units of vitamin E, compared to placebo, slowed functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease. Read more . . .

January 2014 Vol. 9 No. 1

Author: Jeanne Drouillard, BSN, MA, RN, NE-BC, and Sandra Sutter, BSN, RN

A study published in Neurology has found that among patients with mild cognitive impairment, self-reported head trauma with at least momentary loss of consciousness or memory was associated with greater amyloid deposition, which researchers state may suggest that head trauma is associated with Alzheimer disease–related neuropathology. Read more . . .

December 2013 Vol. 8 No. 12

Author: Nancy Duffy, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, and Shannon Bright Smith, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CGRN

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device to help reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients who have not responded well to medications. Read more . . .

December 2013 Vol. 8 No. 12

Author: Nancy Duffy, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, and Shannon Bright Smith, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CGRN

A study in Neurology reports that repeated blows to the head during a season of contact sports may cause changes in the brain's white matter and affect cognitive abilities even if none of the impacts resulted in a concussion. Read more . . .

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