Modern crime
More valuable than gold. Rarer than platinum. More coveted than oil. Yes, the most prized substance on Earth is clearly...Shortbread.Yeah, you read that correctly.I didn't think so either, but I'm not much of a shortbread fan. Honestly, I had no idea it was so valuable, until this morning.This past weekend a daring group of Scottish thieves, in what would have easily been a crime to rival anything in Agatha Christie's works, attempted to steal £15,000 (that's $26,000, folks) worth of shortbread.That better be some damn good baking. I mean, why the f. would you steal shortbread? I'm pretty sure these 4 guys weren't pl...
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

Memories...
Dr. Balboa was a cardiologist at my medical school. He was good at what he did.Unfortunately, he also had a confrontational personality, short temper, and complete inability to back down from conflict. These are not good traits to have when you're just over 5 feet tall, slender, and have absolutely no training in Karate/Kung Fu/Krav Maga/whatever.So, on a relatively frequent basis, the hospital ER docs were used to sewing him up for injuries sustained in bar fights, traffic altercations, or any number of minor arguments that he escalated to stupid levels.One night, during my 4th year cardiology rotation, I was also coverin...
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

PySide event handling: pos versus globalpos
(Source: Neurochannels)
Source: Neurochannels - July 8, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Verbiage
Back in the early, sexist, 80's, I had a teacher who'd say "writing should be like a girl's skirt: long enough to cover the subject, short enough to keep it interesting."Now, times and expressions may have changed, but his point is still well-taken. This was driven home to me recently while reading an article about the effects of concussions on college football players.I'd have to say the gentleman on the right nailed it: (Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House)
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 8, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

Sunday night call check out
Dr. Grumpy: "Next one, in room 734 is Mr. Spin, admitted for severe vertigo. I think it's peripheral, but ordered an MRI and..."Dr. Nerve: "What kind of vertigo?"Dr. Grumpy: "Positional vertigo. It happens when he turns his head left."Dr. Nerve: "Which of the semicircular vestibular canals is involved?"Dr. Grumpy: "Are you serious?"Dr. Nerve: "Yes. Which canal is involved? Superior, Horizontal, or Posterior? They taught you that in residency, didn't they?'Dr. Grumpy: "I have no f.ing clue. I had 29 consults this weekend, and breaking that down isn't going to chang...
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 7, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

Post-doctoral positions at new Department of new Max-Planck Institute
The Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the cognitive, affective, neuronal, and sociocultural foundations of aesthetic experience. For the newly founded Department of Neuroscience (David Poeppel, director) we are seeking two post-doctoral research scientistswho will participate in the development and execution of neuroscientifically founded projects on aesthetics that link the Department of Neuroscience with the Department of Music and the Department of Language and Literature.  We are looking for neuroscientists (cognitive/systems neuroscience) or psychologists with a com...
Source: Talking Brains - July 6, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Poeppel Source Type: blogs

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The current issue of the journal "Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation" has a six-article collection providing the so-called "INCOG Guidelines for Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury"Specific topics include: post-traumatic amnesia (PTA)/delirium, attention, memory, execution function, self-awareness, and communication. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 5, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Fatigue
Conclusion: Tests demanding executive or simultaneous processing of several neuropsychological functions seem most sensitive in order to capture cognitive fatigability. Clinical tests that can capture fatigability enable a deeper understanding of how fatigability might contribute to cognitive complaints and problems in maintaining daily activities. PMID: 24965830 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Human connectome project: lessons from genetics
The number of genes separating humans and other primate is fewer than previously thought and in fact very small. See this piece.  What this means is that phenotypical differences are not primarily a function of protein coding genes themselves:"The physiological and developmental differences between primates are likely to be caused by gene regulation rather than by differences in the basic functions of the proteins in question." I think this is an important lesson for the massive effort(s) to map the structure of the human brain (e.g., connectome project, BRAIN Initiative, etc.).  I support this eff...
Source: Talking Brains - July 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Erev Independence Day
Mary: "Dr. Grumpy's office, this is Mary."Ms. Triptan: "Hi, I need to get in to see him tomorrow. My headaches have gotten worse."Mary: "We're closed tomorrow. It's a holiday."Ms. Triptan: "But this is important. I'm really miserable, and need something done! Couldn't he meet me there? Just for a short while?"Mary: "No, but we had a cancellation for today, at 4:15. He can see you this afternoon."Ms. Triptan: "I can't do that, I'm going to the casino. It's Bonus Slots Thursday." (Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House)
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

Informed Consent and Tainted Fruit
The masters of the universe at Facebook don't seem to have cared too much about Human Subjects Research Guidelines and Informed Consent, but if you are a psychology or a neuropsychology student then you should. You likely already possess more knowledge about it than they did.Know your professional guidelines for doing research. In the US, know your American Psychological Association guidelines. In the UK, know your British Psychological Society guidelines. Where ever you are, know the guidelines.More generally, there is The International Compilation of Human Research Standards - 2014, which "enumerates over 1,000 laws...
Source: BrainBlog - July 3, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Broca's area: a dessert topping or a floor wax? It may help you decide.
ConclusionsThe present findings suggest that the left IFG plays a role in adjusting response bias across different decision environments. This suggests a potential role for the left IFG in flexible decision-making. (Source: Talking Brains)
Source: Talking Brains - July 3, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Help wanted
You need to have brain surgery. Wouldn't you want a surgeon who had experience in the field (as opposed to, say, removing ingrown toenails)?Me, too.So, this is an interesting job ad. A hospital is looking for an anesthesiologist. That's the person in charge of making sure you're deeply out when they cut you open, watches your vital signs to make sure you're not dying on the table, and then (hopefully) wakes you up after the surgeon has put you back together.So shouldn't they want someone who'd previously done that a few times?Apparently not:Yes folks, you read that correctly. They want an anesthesiologist, but experience u...
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 3, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
CONCLUSION:: Cognitive rehabilitation should be offered to select individuals with traumatic brain injury. These guidelines provide assistance to clinicians who want to provide evidence-based care. PMID: 24984093 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Dr. Jennifer Groh's Duke Course "The Brain and Space" at Coursera
The course "The Brain and Space" has just completed its run at Coursera.Here is the course's description: click here.It is well worth your time on its next offering, so keep it in mind! (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Computational exhaust fumes
I suspect that the many studies now published that show motor effects on perception or motor involvement in conceptual representation amount to the computational equivalent of exhaust fumes. If you direct a fan at the stream of exhaust coming out of car's tailpipe you can reliably manipulate (p
Source: Talking Brains - July 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Full service neurology
I'm between patients when Mary tells me a doctor is on hold. Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy."Dr. Veoli: "Hi, this is Al Veoli, the pulmonologist across the street. We have a mutual patient, Don Epazil, who you're seeing for memory problems?"Dr. Grumpy: "What's up?"Dr. Veoli: "I'm not sure what to do here. I guess he was going to haul his clothes to the cleaners, but got the addresses mixed up. He took the bus here, and now he's out in the waiting room, trying to give bags of dirty duds to my staff."Dr. Grumpy: "I'm sorry. His son lives with him, but is out of town this week. Te...
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - July 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

NIH Toolbox
From a PRweb press release: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society special series validates element of NIH Toolbox An eight-essay collection of articles in the Journal of the International Neuropsycholoigcal Society confirms the validity and reliability of the Cognition Battery element of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function 27 June 2014 Read the press release here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Parenting Stress
CONCLUSIONS: Although children demonstrated both neurocognitive deficits and functional impairments, results favor psychosocial factors, such as parental stress, as a predictor of overall functional impairment. The implications of this study suggest that late effects aggregate to impact day-to-day functioning in pediatric cancer survivor populations and parental stress may serve as a marker for heightened risk. The results suggest that broader functional domains, especially school and self-care domains, should be evaluated and considered when identifying potential targets for psychosocial interventions. Copyright © 20...
Source: BrainBlog - July 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Dr. Frances Kelsey
This Canada Day, celebrate the life of 99-year-old Dr. Frances Kelsey, originally from Vancouver Island. She said "NO" to pressure from pharma for the FDA to approve thalidomide in the early 1960s. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"Memory in Everyday Life: Healthy or Defective?"
I am pleased to be providing certified continuing-education (CE) credit courses at HealthForumOnline. My first one, a 4-CE course, just went live several hours ago: "Memory in Everyday Life: Healthy or Defective? My next one, later this summer, addresses the assessment of language functioning. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - June 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Call for papers (Deadline August 1 2014): Psychological perspectives on aesthetics
Call for papers (Deadline August 1 2014)Psychological perspectives on aestheticsDecember 11–13 2014, MPI for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt/M., Germany Aesthetics, as a discipline, has evolved to deal primarily with the experience and evaluation of sensory perceptions, especially in relation to artworks. Traditionally a subfield of philosophy and a concern of the different disciplines related to the specific art forms, such as literary studies, musicology, and art history, the latter part of the 19th century witnessed the development of a new, empirical approach to the questions of aesthetics. This empirical appr...
Source: Talking Brains - June 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Poeppel Source Type: blogs

Seeking post-doctoral fellows - neural bases of sound perception - U Penn
We are seeking highly motivated post-doctoral fellows to participate in a research program that tests the neural bases of sound perception. This research will be conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. The goals of these projects are to test the contribution of various regions of the auditory cortex and prefrontal cortex to sound perception in non-human primates.Candidates should have a PhD. Those with an MD will be considered but only if the candidates have a strong scientific background. A strong candidate will have experience in systems and computational neuroscience; recording and analysis of single- and multi-uni...
Source: Talking Brains - June 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Poeppel Source Type: blogs

A non-parametric prototyping scheme for LFP dynamics and its application to detect changes in spontaneous UP-states due to cortical maturation and aging
Spontaneous network activity in the form of Up and Down states plays an important role in the function of neural circuits and reflects intrinsic connectivity. Such cortical dynamics are shaped by genes, experience and intrinsic cellular properties and form the substrate upon which external stimuli and neuromodulation will impinge to determine cortical responses. The scope [...] (Source: Neurobot)
Source: Neurobot - June 26, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dimitrios A. Adamos Tags: Documentation LFP Machine Learning Statistical Analysis Trajectories Source Type: blogs

Exploiting the temporal patterning of transient VEP signals: A statistical single-trial methodology with implications to brain–computer interfaces
When visual evoked potentials (VEPs) are deployed in brain–computer interfaces (BCIs), the emphasis is put on stimulus design. In the case of transient VEPs (TVEPs) brain responses are never treated individually, i.e. on a single-trial (ST) basis, due to their poor signal quality. Therefore their main characteristic, which is the emergence during early latencies, remains [...] (Source: Neurobot)
Source: Neurobot - June 26, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dimitrios A. Adamos Tags: Documentation Brain Interfaces Source Type: blogs

Good quote on "direct matching"/"resonance"/"simulation" as a neural mechanism
The mirror neuron / embodied cognition camp promotes what appears to be a simple mechanism for aspects of neural processing, variously termed simulation, direct matching, direct perception, or resonance.  Oztop, Kawato, and & Arbib 2006 have an excellent comment on the use of such terms in the context of non-computationally explicit (i.e., verbal or conceptual) models.  Read it twice and let it sink in.  It's right on the mark.A general pitfall in conceptual modeling is that an innocent looking phrase thrown in the description may render the model implausible or trivial from a computational perspect...
Source: Talking Brains - June 26, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Computing with microtubules (Craddock, Tuszynski, Hameroff 2012)
This paper hypothesizes that postsynaptic CaMKII (calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II) receives synaptic input and then interacts with via phosphorylation, suggesting that memories may be encoded in the microtubules in this way. They note that the size and shape of CaMKII appears to be just right to phosphorylate the hexagonal lattices of tubulin proteins in microtubules. The paper also can “demonstrate microtubule-associated protein logic gates, and show how patterns of phosphorylated tubulins in microtubules can control neuronal functions by triggering axonal firings, regulating synapses, and traversing ...
Source: neurodudes - June 25, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Bayle Shanks Tags: Computation within single neurons microtubule Source Type: blogs

Brown University, Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences Visiting Assistant Professor - Linguistics/Language Processing
Brown University, Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological SciencesVisiting Assistant Professor - Linguistics/Language ProcessingLocation: Providence, RI USAThe Brown University Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences announces a 2 year Visiting position at the Assistant Professor level in Linguistics/Language Processing at or above the word level, beginning September 1, 2014 or January 1, 2015. This includes syntactic, lexical, semantic, and/or pragmatic (including discourse) processing.QualificationsExpertise at the intersection of theoretical and experimental approaches is expected, and ...
Source: Talking Brains - June 25, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

John Ratey Returns
Richard Manning and John Ratey (click on photo to hear Dr. Ratey's interview) Back in 2008 I interviewed Dr. John Ratey twice: first about his then new book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (BSP 33) and then later about his work with ADHD (BSP 45). Dr. Ratey was one of my favorite guests so I was eager to interview him about his new book Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind. This latest book explores the science behind the current movement to embrace a more healthy lifestyle based on lessons learned from our hunter gatherer ancestors. Since the topic doesn't quite fit on ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - June 24, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Evolution Books and ideas Podcast Source Type: blogs

Two positions available in Stephen Wilson Lab, Univ of Arizona -- Post doc & Lab manager
Postdoctoral position, Language Neuroscience Laboratory, University of ArizonaA Postdoctoral position is available in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Stephen M. Wilson) at the University of Arizona. The successful applicant will play a key role on an NIH-funded project investigating the neural correlates of recovery from aphasia after acute stroke.A Ph.D. is required in a relevant field, such as Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Psychology. The ideal candidate will have (1) experience working with individuals with acquired language impairments, and (2) experience in conducting neu...
Source: Talking Brains - June 23, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review - Consider sending your next theory/review or punchy empirical paper here
On 1 January 2014, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review began a slow transition to a new editorial team.  It will take a full year to complete the transition and probably longer than that to start noticing differences in the content of the journal.  But keep on eye on PBR because we've got some interesting special issues in the works: one that presents a set of critical perspectives on embodied cognition, one on language evolution, another on perceptual interface theory, and lot's more in the planning stages.  Also look for a very interesting review paper on animal mind reading by Cecelia Heyes. PBR is already ...
Source: Talking Brains - June 21, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

In honor of Rita Sloan Berndt
Rita Sloan Berndt passed away on Tuesday. Rita was an internationally recognized scholar and researcher, dedicated to the understanding of aphasia and its devastating effects on language communication. She was a true force in the field with a research program that was broad in scope. While she focused particularly on deficits in sentence comprehension and production in aphasia, she also examined impairments in reading, lexico-semantics, and category-specific naming. Although Rita published some of the first papers hypothesizing a general syntactic deficit in agrammatic Broca’s aphasia, she was also among the first to...
Source: Talking Brains - June 20, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

LEMS review paper
http://ac.els-cdn.com/S1474442211702459/1-s2.0-S1474442211702459-main.pdf?_tid=82414656-f231-11e3-9c91-00000aacb360&acdnat=1402578200_ed42d2f0e8da41b0e292941e0f16ebd3 (Source: neurologyminutiae)
Source: neurologyminutiae - June 12, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

ADEM pearls
old paper, useful insights Menge T, Hemmer B, Nessler S et al  Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis: an update. Arch Neurol 2005; 62: 1673-1680   1.  Consider a temporal relationship to a vaccine or infection.  If vaccine, especially MMR, also polioand European tick borne encephalitis vaccination (Source: neurologyminutiae)
Source: neurologyminutiae - June 5, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

The Neurobiology of Individuality
By: Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. Neuroimaging evidence suggests that brain connectivity circuits are highly plastic and change with experience due to emotional processing. The individuality of this plasticity is formed in an experience-dependent fashion. Read the whole article in Cerebrum (Source: Neurobot)
Source: Neurobot - June 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dimitrios A. Adamos Tags: Stories Brain Research Neuroimaging Plasticity Source Type: blogs

antiMOG seronegative NMO
Kitley J, Waters P, Woodhall M, et al. Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders with aquaphorin-4 and Myelin-oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibodies: a comparative study.   see Levy M. Does aquaphorin-4-seronegative neuromyelitis optica exist? (editorial) JAMA Neurology 2014; 71:271-2.   Authors of both studies ferret out a subtype of seronegative NMO that is actually yet another disease.   Anti MOG positve patients with clinical features of NMO have a slightly different phenotype with features of ADEM also.  This group encompasses young males with severe episodes with better recoveries that ...
Source: neurologyminutiae - June 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

2 Postdoctoral positions in Bilingualism in the BCBL (AThEME collaborative research project)
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers 2 postdoctoral positions in Bilingualism to work on the collaborative research project AThEME - “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience” funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme that comprises 16 Research partners (universities, research centers and SMEs) located in 8 European countries.The positions have a term of appointment of 2 years with a possible renewal.The main objectives of the AThEME research programme are:·       to investigate the outst...
Source: Talking Brains - June 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Poeppel Source Type: blogs

Postdoctoral position in Bilingualism in the BCBL
1 Postdoctoral position in Bilingualism in the BCBL to work on the projectLearning to read in two alphabets: typical development and reading disordersThe Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers 1 postdoctoral position in Bilingualism to work on the research project “Learning to read in two alphabets: typical development and reading disorders” The position has a term of appointment of 3 years with a possible renewal.This project addresses challenges related to the development of reading skills.  One general objective is to understand school failure ...
Source: Talking Brains - June 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Poeppel Source Type: blogs

Powerful Suicide Attempt Survivor Documentary
A Voice At The Table is a half-hour documentary featuring interviews with four healed suicide attempt survivors advocating for suicide prevention. It’s a powerful look at a topic that is too often overlooked: the knowledge of attempt survivors. With the work of these four activists and others, it’s now more prominent. Features Cara Anna of What Happens Now? and Talking About Suicide, Craig Miller, author of This is How it Feels, Dese’Rae Stage of Live Through This, and Tracey Medeiros (also check out another fascinating interview with her). (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - May 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Documentary advocacy attempt survivor brain lived experience peer psychology suicide video Source Type: blogs

CJD and non CJD with neuronal markers
Grau-Rivera O, Sanchez-Valle R, Saiz A et al. Determination of neuronal antibodies in suspected and definite Creutzfeld-Jakob disease . JAMA Neurol 2014;71:74-78. Take home points 1. A small but definite number of 346 patients with suspected CJD had anti neuronal antibody mimics but these six did not fulfil criteria for CJD. Found were NMDAR,LGI1 , CASPR2, aquaphorin 4, Tr(DNER alpha notch 4 epgf and unknown protein. 2. No patients among 46 with definite CJD had these neuronal markers. These all were studied in CSF (Source: neurologyminutiae)
Source: neurologyminutiae - May 28, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Faciobrachial systolic seizures , correlate with anti VGKC and not CJD
Yoo J and Hirsch LJ. Limbic encephalitis associated with anti voltage gated potassium channel complex antibodies mimicking CJD. Jama Neurol 2014;71:79-82. Case with following take home points: FBDS are highly associated with ant VGKCC and not CJD and are treated with normal AED's The two disorders otherwise may mimic each other Anti VGKCC responds robustly to steroids Both disorders can have elevated 14,3,3 in CSF Absent restricted diffusion is a "red flag" against CJD MRI of anti VGKCC is usually high T2 signal in uni or bilateral temporal lobes but they can also show cortical ribbon and basal ganglia changes mi...
Source: neurologyminutiae - May 28, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Avoiding "Neuromania" (BSP 109)
I have spent the last 7 1/2 years sharing and promoting neuroscience and while it has been encouraging to see the field grow in popularity, there has also been a disturbing trend toward increased hype. One goal of the Brain Science Podcast is to provide accurate information that helps the average listener enjoy the science and avoid pseudoscience. BSP 109 was inspired by several excellent books that have documented the hazards of what some writers are calling "neuromania" or neurocentrism, which is the tendency to see the brain as the only path to understanding. ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - May 28, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: blogs

The real Phineas Gage?
This Slate article is worth a read. Gage may not have been the man we make him out to be. Take home lesson: don't believe what you read in textbooks or review articles, especially if there is strong consensus. Question everything and check original sources for yourself. (Source: Talking Brains)
Source: Talking Brains - May 21, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

All time best historical models of language and brain
If you were going to put together a highlight reel of the best, most influential models of language and brain, what would they be?  You gotta start with the single-node model of Broca, then Wernicke's two-node, dual stream "connectionist" model.  But what then?  Lichtheim I suppose (although I think he ended up doing more harm than good despite his good intentions).  Any Freud fans?  Not very influential, though.  Geschwind for sure.  Anything in between? (Source: Talking Brains)
Source: Talking Brains - May 19, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

RA meningitis as stroke mimic
Bourgeois P et al.  Rheumatoid arthritis presenting with stroke like episodes. Neurology 2014; 82: 1564-5.    70 yo male presented with series of TIA like events over ten days consisting of right leg more than arm weakness.  He had poorly controlled RA.  MRI was negative for brain parenchyma but there was enhancement of meninges and pachymeningitis.  Meningeal biopsy was positive and patient was successfully treated by Solumedrol 1 gram per day followed by 1 mg/kg/day prednisone, tapered over months with no recurrence.    Other reported presentations of RA meningitis include ...
Source: neurologyminutiae - May 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Management of hepatic encephalopathy in hospital
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Source: neurologyminutiae - May 16, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Talking Brains turns 7!
Today is the 7-year anniversary of the birth of Talking Brains.  I thought it would be fun to repost our first blog entry:**********************WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2007The Cortical Organization of Speech ProcessingOur new article, "The Cortical Organization of Speech Processing" has recently been published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 8, 393-402(May 2007). Although it is an extension of the model we proposed in our 2000 TICS and 2004 Cognition papers, there are several new features in the current proposal. One is the claim that within the ventral stream there are parallel routes from acousti...
Source: Talking Brains - May 16, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Can’t Sleep? Try This Guided Meditation Talkdown Video
Sleep is an essential component of good mental health, and trouble sleeping can be a symptom of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions, as well as simply resulting from stress. While there are medication options, they don’t offer the revitalization of natural sleep. Sedation doesn’t mimic normal sleep and can interfere with the REM stage of dreaming, which is important to feel refreshed in the morning. Often, there’s a “hangover effect” of grogginess the next day. Sleeping pills are also addictive and should be used with caution, infrequently. A good alternative is a guide...
Source: Channel N - May 14, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: General Meditation brain guided meditation mental health psychology relaxation rest sleep video youtube Source Type: blogs

Fwd: MRI findings in idiopathic intracranial hypertension
From: Djacobs272@aol.comTo: dhj1.neurology@minutiae.comSent: 5/13/2014 2:29:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight TimeSubj: MRI findings in idiopathic intracranial hypertension 1.  empty sella 2.  flattening of posterior globes3.  distension of perioptic subarachnoid spaces4. narrowing of transverse venous sinuses more from Images in Neurology JAMA Neurology 2013; 70:7937-8.5.  distended perioptic nerve sheath6. protrusion of the papilla 7. "strangled optic nerve appearance8. optic disc edema and retinal layer edema (Source: neurologyminutiae)
Source: neurologyminutiae - May 14, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Fwd: presentations of chronic traumatic encephalopathy
    From: Djacobs272@aol.comTo: dhj1.neurology@minutiae.comSent: 5/13/2014 2:29:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight TimeSubj: presentations of chronic traumatic encephalopathy   Stern et al.  Neurology; 2013: 81:1122-1129   Clinical review of 36 patients, all male athletes.  They were based on autopsy studies at Boston University Center for CTAE.   11 patients had episodic memory impairment  and executive dysfunction (cognition group) initially, only later behavioral and mood disturbances.  Nine patients initially had depression and thirteen had initial behavior (e...
Source: neurologyminutiae - May 14, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs