Scientists develop blood test for Alzheimer ’s disease
Scientists say test could replace a costly brain scan or painful lumbar puncture and enable earlier detection of diseaseScientists have developed a blood test to diagnose Alzheimer ’s disease without the need for expensive brain imaging or a painfullumbar puncture, where a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is drawn from the lower back. If validated, the test could enable faster diagnosis of the disease, meaning therapies could be initiated earlier.Alzheimer ’s is the most common form of dementia, but diagnosis remains challenging – particularly during the earlier stages of the disease.Continue reading... (Source: G...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 28, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Alzheimer's Science Medical research Neuroscience Health Society Source Type: news

MRI a Viable Alternative to Lumbar Puncture for MS Diagnosis? MRI a Viable Alternative to Lumbar Puncture for MS Diagnosis?
The central vein sign is an emerging neuroimaging biomarker for multiple sclerosis that may reduce the need for lumbar puncture to detect oligoclonal bands in CSF, a pilot study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 28, 2022 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Treatment for Young Infants With Fever Has Undergone a Rethink
(MedPage Today) -- ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Recommended treatment for young infants with fever has changed dramatically over the past few years, with a focus on fewer hospitalizations and lumbar punctures, reduced antibiotic use (especially by IV)... (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - October 10, 2022 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic in Arizona achieves second Magnet designation in recognition of nursing excellence
PHOENIX — Mayo Clinic in Arizona has received its second Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, with nine exemplars noted. Exemplars are areas where Mayo Clinic in Arizona significantly exceeded Magnet standards for clinical excellence. Mayo Clinic outperformed the benchmarks in all nursing units for:  Post-lumbar puncture headaches.Hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.Patient falls in the ambulatory setting.Four different measures of inpatient patient satisfaction.  Other exemplars included: 89% of Mayo Clinic nurses with a bacc...
Source: Mayo Clinic Arizona News - August 25, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Roche to present scientific progress across Alzheimer ’s disease pharmaceutical and diagnostic portfolio at 2022 AAIC Annual Meeting
Overview of two decades of research to be presented, including development ofgantenerumabDetailed results from phase II study evaluatingcrenezumab in autosomal dominant Alzheimer ' s diseaseData around biomarker selection for theElecsys Amyloid Plasma Panel, a blood-based biomarker test to aid in the detection of people with amyloid pathology, recently granted FDA Breakthrough Device DesignationBasel, 28 July 2022 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that data from 41 abstracts across its portfolio of Alzheimer ’s disease pharmaceuticals and diagnostics will be presented at the 2022 Alzheimer’s Associat...
Source: Roche Media News - July 28, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

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