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Choosing a Medical Specialty: Location, Compensation, Talent, and Temperament Choosing a Medical Specialty: Location, Compensation, Talent, and Temperament
You ' ve followed your destiny. Now comes the hard part. Dr Andrew Wilner offers his advice on choosing from among the various specialties.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 29, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Column Source Type: news

FDA Approves Ocrevus for Relapsing, Primary Progressive MS FDA Approves Ocrevus for Relapsing, Primary Progressive MS
The approval of ocrelizumab, based on results from the OPERA 1 and 2 and ORATORIO trials, is the first for a treatment for the primary progressive form of the disease.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 29, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Migraine Linked to Cervical Artery Dissection Migraine Linked to Cervical Artery Dissection
This is the second large study to find such an association, but the first to identify it as being stronger in young patients. Dr Laurie Barclay shares the results.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 28, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

No Benefit of Hemostatic Therapy in ' Spot Sign ' ICH No Benefit of Hemostatic Therapy in ' Spot Sign ' ICH
Hemostatic therapy with factor VII in intracerebral hemorrhage didn ' t show a benefit, but results suggest a biomarker on CT angiography may be useful for patient selection in this type of study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Spironolactone Promising in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Spironolactone Promising in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Preliminary results from a study of spironolactone in Duchenne muscular dystrophy suggest that the drug is safe in this patient group and may preserve left ventricular function.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Simulation Promising Pain Medicine Teaching Tool Simulation Promising Pain Medicine Teaching Tool
New research shows the value of immersion training and using a simulated patient encounter for pain medicine-related education.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 23, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

No Benefit of Pregabalin in Sciatica No Benefit of Pregabalin in Sciatica
The antiepileptic/analgesic drug was no more effective than placebo in reducing leg-pain intensity in patients with moderate-to-severe sciatica in a randomized trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 23, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Antioxidant Supplements: No Effect on Dementia Prevention Antioxidant Supplements: No Effect on Dementia Prevention
The first study to investigate long-term antioxidant supplementation in the prevention of dementia has shown no effect of vitamin E and selenium.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 23, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Outpatient Pain Service Cuts Costs in ' High Utilizers ' Outpatient Pain Service Cuts Costs in ' High Utilizers '
An intensive outpatient pain management program slashed about 45% in costs incurred annually by high utilizers of the healthcare system, researchers report.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 23, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Neurologists Join Opposition of GOP Health Care Bill Neurologists Join Opposition of GOP Health Care Bill
The American Academy of Neurology echoes concerns of other medical organizations regarding the estimated loss of health coverage for millions.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Sold Amid Controversy Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Sold Amid Controversy
Facing criticism over its $89,000-per-year price tag for a drug now available for $1000 per year, and use of 20-year-old data for FDA approval, Marathon has announced sale of deflazacort to PTC Therapeutics.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Novel Compound Promising Alternative to Current Opioids Novel Compound Promising Alternative to Current Opioids
Early evidence suggests a new kappa opioid receptor agonist reduces pain in some patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Strategy Improves BP Control Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Strategy Improves BP Control
The Kaiser Permanente intervention asks participants to ' shake ' the salt habit; ' rattle ' the intensity of blood pressure management, and use interventions easily"rolled" out in the community.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Okays Safinamide (Xadago) for Parkinson ' s Disease FDA Okays Safinamide (Xadago) for Parkinson ' s Disease
Safinamide is approved as adjunctive treatment for patients with Parkinson ' s disease who experience ' off ' episodes while taking levodopa/carbidopa.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 21, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Neurofilament Levels May Aid ALS Diagnosis, Prognosis Neurofilament Levels May Aid ALS Diagnosis, Prognosis
Dr Laurie Barclay discusses the latest results with this biomarker, and its possible role in distinguishing ALS from other neurologic conditions.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 21, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Simple Tool Predicts Target Mismatch in Ischemic Stroke Simple Tool Predicts Target Mismatch in Ischemic Stroke
The formula, using basic stroke severity indicators, could help in decision making on patient transfer when perfusion imaging is not available.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Epilepsy in Elderly Could Signal Increased Stroke Risk Epilepsy in Elderly Could Signal Increased Stroke Risk
Elderly patients with seizures have an increased risk for future stroke, a new study shows, suggesting a seizure may ' signify hidden cerebrovascular disease, ' researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

New VA, DoD Opioid Guideline Warns Against Long-Term Use New VA, DoD Opioid Guideline Warns Against Long-Term Use
Along with noting that long-term opioid treatment shouldn ' t be initiated for patients with chronic pain, the guideline emphasizes the importance of tapering for those already receiving long-term therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Panels Say Risks of Opana ER Outweigh Benefits FDA Panels Say Risks of Opana ER Outweigh Benefits
Members of the FDA ' s Drug Safety and Risk Management and Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products advisory committees conclude the abuse-deterrent oxymorphone ' s risks now outweigh its benefits.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Fatigue, Limb Problems Predict Worsening MS Fatigue, Limb Problems Predict Worsening MS
New research suggests clinicians should be aware of patient-reported functional issues to help identify patients most likely to progress.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 16, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Docs Take On Burnout in Neurology Docs Take On Burnout in Neurology
Drs Andrew Wilner and Neil Busis discuss the factors contributing to burnout among neurologists and what can be done about it.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 13, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

EMA Launches New Safety Review of Prenatal Valproate Exposure EMA Launches New Safety Review of Prenatal Valproate Exposure
In addition to the new safety review, the agency ' s PRAC committee will be holding its first public hearing so patients can share their own experiences with valproate-containing medications.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 11, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

PRAC Calls for Marketing Suspension of Gadolinium Agents PRAC Calls for Marketing Suspension of Gadolinium Agents
European regulators are recommending suspension of marketing authorization for the contrast agents after finding ' convincing evidence ' of gadolinium deposits in the brain after MRI body scans.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 10, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

tPA Given in Mobile Stroke Unit Linked to Better Outcomes tPA Given in Mobile Stroke Unit Linked to Better Outcomes
New analysis of data from the first study of giving thrombolysis to stroke patients in a prehospital setting has suggested that this approach is associated with improved outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 10, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Warns Transvascular Autonomic Modulation Unproven, Risky FDA Warns Transvascular Autonomic Modulation Unproven, Risky
The TVAM procedure is being promoted as a treatment for a variety of neurologic conditions even though it has not been formally studied in clinical trials, the FDA warns.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 10, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Alzheimer ' s Association Report Highlights Use of Biomarkers Alzheimer ' s Association Report Highlights Use of Biomarkers
The Alzheimer ' s Association ' s 2017 Facts and Figures report predicts that a biomarker-based diagnosis will affect estimates of incidence and prevalence of the disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 10, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Social Media Attitudes ' Conservative ' Among Neurologists Social Media Attitudes ' Conservative ' Among Neurologists
Neurologists use social media platforms cautiously in both office and personal settings, even when there ' s no official policy from their centers, according to a new survey study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 10, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Poor Diet Linked to Nearly Half of Cardiometabolic Deaths Poor Diet Linked to Nearly Half of Cardiometabolic Deaths
Suboptimal intake of specific foods and nutrients is associated with a substantial proportion of deaths due to heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Neuroenhancement ' s Mainstream Moment May Be Here Neuroenhancement ' s Mainstream Moment May Be Here
With Silicon Valley money and minds behind this trend, is it time for doctors to take note?Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Article Source Type: news

Flawed Studies Define International Stroke Conference Flawed Studies Define International Stroke Conference
Dr Christoph Diener explains why the latest findings from several major studies failed to impress.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 7, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Patients With Epilepsy Want to Know About Death Risk Patients With Epilepsy Want to Know About Death Risk
Almost all patients who were surveyed believe they have the right to know their risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), despite the reticence of some doctors to discuss it.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 7, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Liver Cirrhosis Tied to Increased Stroke Risk Liver Cirrhosis Tied to Increased Stroke Risk
A study challenges the notion that ischemic stroke does not occur in patients with liver cirrhosis and calls for heightened awareness of the risk for hemorrhagic stroke in these patients, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 7, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Ocrelizumab Not Linked to Serious Infection Risk in MS Ocrelizumab Not Linked to Serious Infection Risk in MS
Further OPERA and ORATORIO results show similar or even lower rates of severe infection in patients receiving the study drug vs interferon or placebo, researchers say, as well as better patient-reported outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Epilepsy, Stroke, and More Stroke: New Data Epilepsy, Stroke, and More Stroke: New Data
Dr Diener reviews recent findings on epilepsy and hypothermia, along with the risk for bleeding associated with anticoagulant medications.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 3, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Autoimmune Diseases Linked to Dementia Autoimmune Diseases Linked to Dementia
A new study linking autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, and later dementia strengthens the hypothesis that Alzheimer ' s may have an autoimmune component, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 3, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Early Statins No Better Than Later Start After Stroke Early Statins No Better Than Later Start After Stroke
No benefit was seen in early vs later statin treatment following stroke, according to a new trial; however, the mild severity of strokes and relatively low numbers are seen as key limitations.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 3, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Cilostazol: An Option for Ischemic Stroke After ICH? Cilostazol: An Option for Ischemic Stroke After ICH?
The antiplatelet agent cilostazol showed promising results among this difficult-to-treat group in the PICASSO trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 2, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Remote Electric Stimulation May Ease Migraine Pain Remote Electric Stimulation May Ease Migraine Pain
A device that provides remote electrical stimulation via a discreet armband and smartphone application safely reduces pain among patients with migraine, according to a new trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 2, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

New Amantadine Formulation May Improve Walking in MS New Amantadine Formulation May Improve Walking in MS
Phase 2 results show significant walking speed improvement in patients with MS who received an investigational formulation of amantadine hydrochloride ER and ' warrant further development, ' say investigators.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 1, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Retinal Degeneration Ongoing in Pediatric MS Retinal Degeneration Ongoing in Pediatric MS
Children with multiple sclerosis showed more progressive ganglion cell layer thinning than healthy kids or those with monophasic demyelination -- and there was more retinal atrophy in girls than in boys.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 1, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Subdural Hematoma Rates Rise With Higher Antithrombotic Use Subdural Hematoma Rates Rise With Higher Antithrombotic Use
Cases of subdural hematoma have increased over the past 15 years in concert with the increased use of antithrombotic drugs, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 28, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Stem Cell Transplantation May Decrease MS-Related Fatigue Stem Cell Transplantation May Decrease MS-Related Fatigue
Although treating fatigue shouldn ' t be the main reason for performing this procedure, it is an added bonus, say investigators. But they caution that it requires ' utmost discretion. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 28, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Exercise Promotes Cognitive Recovery After Stroke Exercise Promotes Cognitive Recovery After Stroke
Structured physical activity can improve brain function after stroke even when started in the chronic stroke phase and lasting as few as 12 weeks, research showsMedscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 28, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Vagal Nerve Stimulation Improves Arm Function After Stroke Vagal Nerve Stimulation Improves Arm Function After Stroke
An implanted device that stimulates the vagus nerve has shown promising results in improving arm function in stroke patients in a second small clinical study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 27, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

A Genetic Lead in ADHD A Genetic Lead in ADHD
Dr Alan Jacobs reports on the first functional evidence of gene variants with implications for the pathology of ADHDMedscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 27, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

MS Risk Allele May Influence Disability Over 15 Years MS Risk Allele May Influence Disability Over 15 Years
Fifteen years after a first clinically isolated syndrome event, carriers of the HLA-DRB1*1501 allele had greater disability progression and more severe brain atrophy than noncarriers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 27, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Midlife Vascular Risk Factors Drive Dementia Later in Life Midlife Vascular Risk Factors Drive Dementia Later in Life
Vascular risk factors present in midlife raise the risk for dementia later in life, new research confirms. Diabetes is associated with an Alzheimer ' s risk as high as that seen with carrying the APOE epsilon-4 allele.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Ticagrelor May Best Aspirin in Stroke of Atherosclerotic Origin Ticagrelor May Best Aspirin in Stroke of Atherosclerotic Origin
Ticagrelor was not superior to aspirin for preventing stroke recurrence in the SOCRATES trial, but subgroup analysis suggests it may be more effective in strokes related to ipsilateral atherosclerotic stenosis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Resuming Oral Anticoagulation Benefits Even After Lobar ICH Resuming Oral Anticoagulation Benefits Even After Lobar ICH
Restarting oral anticoagulation after lobar or nonlobar ICH was associated with lower mortality, improved functional outcome, and decreased ischemic stroke risk, a new meta-analysis suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

TARDIS: Triple Antiplatelet Therapy No Benefit in Stroke, TIA TARDIS: Triple Antiplatelet Therapy No Benefit in Stroke, TIA
Triple antiplatelet therapy was not superior to guideline-recommended aspirin/dipyridamole or clopidogrel alone to prevent recurrent stroke in patients with recent stroke or TIA in the TARDIS trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news