EMA Recommends Safety Measures for Levetiracetam in Epilepsy EMA Recommends Safety Measures for Levetiracetam in Epilepsy
To combat accidental overdose, the EMA advises parents of young patients with epilepsy to only use the dosing syringe that comes with the medication's age-appropriate packaging.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 15, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Alemtuzumab in MS: Disability Reversal Possible Alemtuzumab in MS: Disability Reversal Possible
A new analysis of the CARE-MS II results more fully characterizes the effect of alemtuzumab on disability and suggests the drug may favorably affect recovery of function across several measures.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 14, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Electrical Stimulation Improves Hand Movement After Stroke Electrical Stimulation Improves Hand Movement After Stroke
Using their intact hand to send signals to their paralyzed hand, patients were able to improve functional use of that hand without further use of the stimulator.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 14, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Alternative Health Strategies Common for Musculoskeletal Pain Alternative Health Strategies Common for Musculoskeletal Pain
Almost twice as many individuals with as without musculoskeletal pain use complementary health approaches, including natural products or mind-body strategies, says a new NCHS report.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 14, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

New AHA Statement on Hypertension and Cognitive Function New AHA Statement on Hypertension and Cognitive Function
A new statement from the American Heart Association recommends'judicious'treatment of high blood pressure to protect against subsequent cognitive decline.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 13, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Finds Faulty INR Monitor Did Not Affect ROCKET AF Results FDA Finds Faulty INR Monitor Did Not Affect ROCKET AF Results
Effects on outcomes from patients in the warfarin group of ROCKET unintentionally receiving higher doses of warfarin due to a faulty INR device were'modest,'new analyses by the FDA conclude.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 13, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Cladribine Back on Track in MS? Cladribine Back on Track in MS?
The drug has been resurrected after new analyses of longer-term data are reported to show durable efficacy without the safety signal that led to its initial rejection.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 13, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Pregabalin Relieves Pain in Some Patients With Fibromyalgia Pregabalin Relieves Pain in Some Patients With Fibromyalgia
About 1 in 10 will get benefit from the antiepileptic drug, a new Cochrane review concludes, but their response is strong.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 12, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Many Patients With MS Consider Physician-Assisted Death Many Patients With MS Consider Physician-Assisted Death
In a survey of almost 7000 patients with MS, more than half said they'd consider physician-assisted death in one of five hypothetical situations, such as unbearable pain or being a financial burden.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 12, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Pain Experts Want Better Coverage for Alternative Therapies Pain Experts Want Better Coverage for Alternative Therapies
While prescribing of opioids is being discouraged, alternatives such as acupuncture and biofeedback aren't being reimbursed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 7, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Women's Superior Verbal Memory Skills May Mask Alzheimer's Women's Superior Verbal Memory Skills May Mask Alzheimer's
Women's superior verbal memory skills throughout life may keep them from receiving an early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, so researchers are calling for sex-adjusted diagnostic tests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 6, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Robin Williams' Widow Recounts His Struggle Robin Williams' Widow Recounts His Struggle
The widow of actor/comedian Robin Williams has written a'special editorial'in the journal Neurology about her husband's experience with Lewy body disease, saying she hopes their story will renew efforts to find a cure.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 6, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Once-Daily Oral Med May Reduce Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia Once-Daily Oral Med May Reduce Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia
A once-daily extended-release medication may rapidly improve levodopa-induced dyskinesia, a major clinical issue in patients with Parkinson's disease, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 6, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Laser Ablation's Role in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy Laser Ablation's Role in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy
The advantages of this less invasive procedure are apparent--less so its ability to eliminate seizures. Dr Andrew Wilner sorts through the latest research.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 6, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Column Source Type: news

Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension
Dr Barclay looks at how a recent study comparing decompressive surgery with medical monitoring can help facilitate patient conversations after traumatic brain injuries.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 6, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Strongest Evidence Yet for Zika Link to Guillain-Barre Strongest Evidence Yet for Zika Link to Guillain-Barre
A new study has shown the presence of Zika virus on PCR virologic testing in Colombian patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 6, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Okays New SCS Technology for Chronic Pain FDA Okays New SCS Technology for Chronic Pain
The physician-designed BurstDR spinal cord stimulation technology uses intermittent'burst'pulses, which were created to'mimic the body's natural nerve impulse patterns,'reports the manufacturer.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 5, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Abuse-Deterrent Hydrocodone ER Safe, Effective in Back Pain Abuse-Deterrent Hydrocodone ER Safe, Effective in Back Pain
An extension study shows that patients receiving an investigational abuse-deterrent hydrocodone (Vantrela ER) maintained pain relief for 6 months and that the drug was still safe.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 5, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Exercise Not Protective Against MS Development in Women Exercise Not Protective Against MS Development in Women
Although physical activity has been shown to improve symptoms after the onset of multiple sclerosis, new research finds no significant association between it and disease development.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 4, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

No FDA Approval for Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone (Remoxy ER) No FDA Approval for Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone (Remoxy ER)
The agency is asking for additional new trials on this abuse-deterrent extended-release oxycodone product.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 4, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

TMS May Ease Bradykinesia, Rigidity in Parkinson's TMS May Ease Bradykinesia, Rigidity in Parkinson's
New research helps pinpoint which motor symptoms of PD respond to transcranial magnetic stimulation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 4, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Intractable Pain Linked to Low Cortisol Intractable Pain Linked to Low Cortisol
A pain expert recommends clinicians check cortisol levels in patients with intractable pain before prescribing opioids.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 3, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Rehabilitation Benefits Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Benefits Patients With Multiple Sclerosis
Two new studies suggested benefits from very different types of programs: One required a 4-week inpatient stay, while the other was home based with video supervision.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 30, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Opioid Prescribing Varies Even Within Single Institution Opioid Prescribing Varies Even Within Single Institution
Researchers find markedly different opioid prescribing trends at two facilities of single institution in Boston.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 30, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Vitamin D Deficiency, Smoking May Increase Disability in CIS Vitamin D Deficiency, Smoking May Increase Disability in CIS
Patients with clinically isolated syndrome and low vitamin D or high cotinine levels had twice the risk for disease severity as nonsmokers or those with normal vitamin D, a new study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Home Visits Help Homebound Patients With Advanced Parkinson's Home Visits Help Homebound Patients With Advanced Parkinson's
Sending a multidisciplinary team to visit homebound patients with advanced PD can improve quality of life for these patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Yoga as Good as Physical Therapy for Back Pain Yoga as Good as Physical Therapy for Back Pain
A new study showed that weekly structured yoga classes have the same effect on chronic low back pain as does conventional physical therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Endovascular Stroke Therapy Beneficial Up to 7.3 Hours Endovascular Stroke Therapy Beneficial Up to 7.3 Hours
New results from a meta-analysis of the five published trials of thrombectomy also drum home the advantages of earlier treatment, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Linked to Small-Fiber Neuropathy Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Linked to Small-Fiber Neuropathy
Dr Argoff highlights new evidence on the potential mechanisms underlying these painful inherited disorders.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Alemtuzumab Comparison Data Show Some Surprises Alemtuzumab Comparison Data Show Some Surprises
New observational propensity-matched data on head-to-head comparisons of alemtuzumab with beta-interferon, fingolimod, and natalizumab show some unexpected findings.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Food and Pain: The'Essentials'Food and Pain: The'Essentials '
During the next year, pain management experts aim to develop dietary recommendations for pain patients, and they review here the'essentials'of what is already known.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Clears Handheld Device for TBI Assessment FDA Clears Handheld Device for TBI Assessment
The Ahead 300 device from BrainScope rapidly and objectively assesses the likelihood of TBI at the point of care.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 28, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

More Positive Topline Results for Cannabidiol in LGS More Positive Topline Results for Cannabidiol in LGS
New data reinforce the potential of the investigational cannabidiol product (Epidiolex) to be an important new treatment for treatment-resistant Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 28, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Ketamine May Be Useful in Migraine, Chronic Pain Ketamine May Be Useful in Migraine, Chronic Pain
New evidence suggests patients with refractory migraine or complex regional pain syndrome may benefit from treatment with ketamine.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 28, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

NfL Blood Concentrations May Predict Neuronal Injury in MS NfL Blood Concentrations May Predict Neuronal Injury in MS
High serum levels of this protein not only may identify patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis but may also indicate degree of disease activity.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 27, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FLUOX-PMS: Antidepressant Does Not Slow MS Progression FLUOX-PMS: Antidepressant Does Not Slow MS Progression
Although there was no significant difference on combined walk and 9-hole peg tests between fluoxetine and placebo groups, researchers and other experts note a trend'that cannot be ignored. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 27, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

OTC Supplement May Reduce Brain Atrophy in SPMS OTC Supplement May Reduce Brain Atrophy in SPMS
Although the pilot trial was small, its finding of a 66% reduction rate in whole-brain atrophy with lipoic acid, an over-the-counter supplement, vs placebo is grabbing attention.'It looks very encouraging,'said one expert.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 23, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

SYNERGY: Anti-LINGO Agent Misses Primary Endpoint in MS SYNERGY: Anti-LINGO Agent Misses Primary Endpoint in MS
Opicinumab, a novel remyelinating agent, didn't show a'linear dose response'of clinical improvement across 4 treatment groups. But it may still have potential for certain patients, say experts.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 23, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Gene Governing Senses of Touch and Body Position Discovered Gene Governing Senses of Touch and Body Position Discovered
Understanding the role of PIEZO2 gene in human sense of touch and proprioception -- the sense of the position of one's body -- may provide clues to a variety of neurologic disorders, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 23, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

American Academy of Pain Management Gets a New Name American Academy of Pain Management Gets a New Name
The American Academy of Pain Management has now become the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, to better reflect the direction pain medicine is taking.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 22, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

New Draft MS Treatment Guidelines in US and Europe New Draft MS Treatment Guidelines in US and Europe
New guidelines for the treatment of multiple sclerosis are being drawn up in both Europe and the United States, with initial drafts having been released in the past few days.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 21, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Fampridine Improves Walking Ability, Speed, Function in MS Fampridine Improves Walking Ability, Speed, Function in MS
The largest and longest trial of the drug to date, ENHANCE, confirms and expands on the utility of fampridine to improve walking speed, as well as mobility and functional measures, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 21, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

EXPAND: Siponimod Benefits Secondary Progressive MS EXPAND: Siponimod Benefits Secondary Progressive MS
The new oral drug showed a'moderate'but significant reduction in disability progression in the largest-ever trial in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, for which there are currently no well-proven treatments.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 21, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Alzheimer's in Arizona: One Group's Search for Biomarkers Alzheimer's in Arizona: One Group's Search for Biomarkers
Dr Andrew Wilner speaks with Dr Bryan Woodruff about the important research he and his colleagues are currently conducting to find biomarkers for Alzheimer's.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 19, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Interview Source Type: news

Alemtuzumab in MS: 6-Year Data Reassuring Alemtuzumab in MS: 6-Year Data Reassuring
Data continue to show strong durable efficacy with reassuring safety, which experts say should increase confidence in using the drug for early disease, where its benefit is greatest.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 17, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Arbaclofen-ER Decreases MS-Related Spasticity Arbaclofen-ER Decreases MS-Related Spasticity
Arbaclofen extended-release tablets can decrease spasticity related to multiple sclerosis, with a better safety profile than baclofen, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 16, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Maria Shriver and Dr Richard Isaacson Talk Alzheimer's Prevention Maria Shriver and Dr Richard Isaacson Talk Alzheimer's Prevention
Maria Shriver and Dr Isaacson discuss a new, individualized approach to nutrition and lifestyle that improves cognitive function in relatives of patients with Alzheimer disease.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 16, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Pediatric MS'Strongly' Linked to Psychiatric Disorders Pediatric MS'Strongly' Linked to Psychiatric Disorders
Not only were kids with MS at increased risk for'a wide spectrum'of psychiatric disorders, but results showed a reverse effect: that children with the disorders were at risk for demyelinating diseases.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 15, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Amiselimod May Decrease Lesions in Relapsing MS Amiselimod May Decrease Lesions in Relapsing MS
In the phase 2 MOMENTUM trial, two different doses of the S1P1 agonist reduced both T1- and T2-weighted lesions, with no clinically significant cardiac effects, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 15, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Low Serum Calcium Tied to Extent of Bleeding in ICH Low Serum Calcium Tied to Extent of Bleeding in ICH
Impaired coagulation rather than high blood pressure could be the mechanism explaining the link, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 15, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news