Science Saturday: The art and science of never giving up
Anya in February 2018, just before being discharged after her third brain surgery.  Photo credit: Colleen Kelly In March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, Anya Magnuson's own health was in crisis. The 21-year-old Minnesotan had already endured four brain surgeries, 35 lumbar punctures and about 11 weeks of hospitalization. At various times during the preceding 28 months, she wa s treated for fungal meningitis, an inflammatory disease known as neurosarcoidosis, and finally a rare blood… (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - June 25, 2022 Category: Research Source Type: news

COVID-19 May Be Linked to Spontaneous Psychosis. Researchers Are Trying to Figure Out Why
In May 2020, a 33-year-old mother of three in North Carolina started experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Four days later, a different set of symptoms set in. She stopped sleeping well and started having paranoid delusions that people were tracking her through her cell phone—culminating in a frantic scene at a fast-food restaurant, in which she tried to pass her children through the drive-through window, where they’d be safe from the phones and other dangers. A restaurant employee called 911, and emergency medical services workers arrived, gathered up the family, and hurried to the nearby emergency department of...
Source: TIME: Health - March 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

What Are Some Initial Evaluations for Suspected Congenital Muscle Diseases?
Discussion Usually congenital myopathies (CM, e.g. nemaline, core, centronuclear myopathies, etc.) and congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD, e.g. LAMA2-related, collage VI-related, alpha-dystroglycan-related muscular dystrophy, etc.) have been diagnosed based on physical examination and histopathology. Traditionally CMs are due to problems with the muscle contractile apparatus and structures that assist excitation-contraction coupling. CMD are due to problems with the extracellular matrix, muscle membrane and sarcolemmal membrane. Differentiating between CM and CMD have become more blurred as genetic testing and additional r...
Source: - January 17, 2022 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Febrile Infants: When Can We Skip the Lumbar Puncture? Febrile Infants: When Can We Skip the Lumbar Puncture?
The Cribsiders share their favorite tips from a recent podcast on guidelines for management of the febrile infant.The Cribsiders (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

Simple Febrile Seizures Safely Managed Without Lumbar Puncture Simple Febrile Seizures Safely Managed Without Lumbar Puncture
Limiting diagnostic procedures did not delay diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, a study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 3, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Investigators examine brain tests of patients with COVID-19
(Wiley) In a Journal of Neuroimaging analysis of data obtained from 193 patients with COVID-19 who had brain and/or spine imaging and a lumbar puncture because of neurologic symptoms, investigators found that imaging results were related to the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the cerebrospinal fluid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Radiologists Now Perform Majority of Lumbar Punctures in Seniors
WEDNESDAY, March 24, 2021 -- Radiologists now perform most lumbar puncture procedures for Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published online March 4 in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. Derek R. Johnson, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic... (Source: - Pharma News)
Source: - Pharma News - March 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Radiologists perform most lumbar puncture procedures
The percentage of lumbar puncture procedures performed in the U.S. by radiologist...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MSN touts new CMS clinical data registry measures fMRI rates drop due to decrease in Medicare reimbursement Advanced oncology imaging shifts to academia ACR taps new executive director for Neiman HPI Coding changes that will impact radiology practices in 2020 (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - March 9, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

AI accurately identifies infants with low risk of serious bacterial infection
(Ann& Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago) Artificial intelligence, or 'supervised machine learning,' could help identify which well-appearing infants with fever, who are 60 days old or younger, are at low risk for a serious bacterial infection, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Accurate risk determination could reduce unnecessary lumbar puncture, antibiotics and hospitalizations for these infants, as well as decreasing parental anxiety. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physician Botches Pediatric Lumbar Puncture, Family Collects Physician Botches Pediatric Lumbar Puncture, Family Collects
Treating physician accused of botching lumbar puncture; raising the bar for claiming punitive damages; a judge ' s instructions to the jury spark controversy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Simple Blood Test Highly Accurate in Detecting Alzheimer's Biomarker Simple Blood Test Highly Accurate in Detecting Alzheimer's Biomarker
A high-precision assay can detect the key Alzheimer ' s disease biomarker by using a simple blood test, potentially eliminating the need for a lumbar puncture, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - October 15, 2019 Category: Pathology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Teaching assistant, 23, claims the Pill caused fluid to build up on her brain 
Kirsty Luckin, 23, from Braintree in Essex, thought she was hungover when she woke with a headache on September 23. She spent five days in hospital where she had a lumbar puncture. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Things You Won & #039;t Want to Miss at NASS 2019
1. How to Get the Best Outcome from Your Robotics and Navigation System. Wednesday, 3:35 p.m. to 5:05 p.m., Room W471ab Faculty will examine the optimal workflow for robotics, navigation, and 3D-printed guides. They will also discuss the spine surgeon perception of robotics and navigation systems and their outcomes. Technology included in this session: Mazor X Stealth Edition and the Excelsius GPS Robotic System 2. Innovative Technology Presentations Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375d This session will highlight several different technologies that are being u...
Source: MDDI - September 20, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Orthopedics Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Spinal Tap
A medical art student's master's project will be used to help train junior physicians to perform lumbar punctures. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 29, 2019 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Blood test detects Alzheimer's years before symptoms
Changes in levels of a protein might reveal onset of disease more than 10 years before symptoms appear Related items fromOnMedica The increasing incidence of dementia Review shows link between herpes and dementia Use lumbar puncture to aid Alzheimer ’s disease diagnosis, doctors advised Falls risk just as high with trazodone as antipsychotics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news