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July 2012 Briefing - Neurology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Neurology for July 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Fifth Link Ups Neuro Outcome in Non-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Following implementation of the fifth link (multidisciplinary postresuscitation care in a regional center) to the previous four links in the chain of survival concept improves neurological outcomes for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a study published in the July 31 issue of Circulation.

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Donepezil Found Helpful in Dementia With Lewy Bodies

TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), treatment with 5 or 10 mg/day donepezil is associated with significant cognitive, behavioral, and global function improvements, according to research published in the July issue of the Annals of Neurology.

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Women With Diabetes Report Low Sexual Satisfaction

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women with diabetes are more likely than those without diabetes to report low overall sexual satisfaction, with insulin-treated women at higher risk for problems such as lubrication and orgasm, according to a study published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Photochemical Restores Light Sensitivity in Blind Mice

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A small molecule "photoswitch," AAQ, restores light sensitivity in mouse models of degenerative eye diseases, according to a study published in the July 26 issue of Neuron.

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Quality of Life More Affected in Female Stroke, TIA Patients

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Female stroke patients self-report being more negatively affected in their quality of life than do male stroke patients, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Poor Sleep Increases Odds of Nursing Home Placement

FRIDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with fragmented or disturbed sleep have a significantly increased risk of placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility five years later, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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'Bath Salts' Demonstrate High Potential for Abuse

FRIDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Mephedrone, a synthetic stimulant known as "bath salts," stimulates reward centers in the brain in a similar manner to cocaine, indicating a high potential for abuse, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of Behavioural Brain Research.

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Yoga-Based Rehabilitation Improves Balance After Stroke

THURSDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic stroke, a yoga-based rehabilitation is associated with improvements in post-stroke variables, including balance and fear of falling, according to a study published online July 26 in Stroke.

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Shortened Telomere Length Tied to Dementia, Mortality Risk

WEDNESDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Shortened telomere length (TL) is associated with risks for dementia and mortality in a population of older adults, according to a study published online July 23 in the Archives of Neurology.

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Neurosurgeon Availability Affects Motor Vehicle Deaths

WEDNESDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, counties with a higher population density of neurosurgeons report significantly fewer deaths due to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), according to research published online July 24 in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

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Altered Brain Structure Seen in Institutionalized Children

TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Romanian children who are institutionalized have less gray and white brain matter, although white matter volume returns to normal levels in children who go into high-quality foster care, according to a study published online July 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Accurate Videos of Epley Maneuver Available on YouTube

MONDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube accurately demonstrate the Epley Maneuver (EM), a simple treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo of the posterior canal, according to a study published in the July 24 issue of Neurology.

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Most Idiopathic Toe-Walkers Stop Spontaneously by Age 5.5 Years

MONDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Idiopathic toe-walking at age 5.5 years is more prevalent among children with a neuropsychiatric diagnosis or developmental delay, according to a study published online July 23 in Pediatrics.

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Animal Study: Long-Term Ritalin Doesn't Impact Growth

FRIDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic use of methylphenidate (Ritalin) in young monkeys has no significant effect on growth or the dopamine system, or the likelihood of becoming addicted to cocaine, according to a study published online July 18 in Neuropsychopharmacology.

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Most Doctors Satisfied With Electronic Health Records

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although only 55 percent of physicians had adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in 2011, most are somewhat or very satisfied with their system and most report enhanced patient care, according to a July data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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High Serum Ceramides Linked to Increased Alzheimer's Risk

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with high levels of specific serum ceramides have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study published online July 18 in Neurology.

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~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately 12,000 hospital deaths in England each year are preventable, according to research published online July 7 in BMJ Quality & Safety.

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ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Has Genetic Component

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- A genome-wide association study of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis shows a genetic contribution to disease susceptibility, which differs between granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis, according to a study published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Safety-net hospitals (SNHs) perform worse on nearly every measure of patient experience, according to a study published online July 16 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Another New Weight-Loss Drug Approved

WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the second weight-loss drug to be given the agency's green light in less than a month.

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Intervention to Prevent Stroke, Dementia Cuts Long-Term Care

WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- In a real-world clinical setting, a multidomain prevention program for stroke and dementia can reduce the risk of long-term care (LTC) dependence, according to a study published online July 17 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Interferon Beta Doesn't Reduce Disability Progression in MS

WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Interferon beta does not reduce the progression of disability in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Adding Stroke Severity Measure Improves Mortality Risk Models

TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Adding stoke severity to a hospital 30-day mortality risk model improves model discrimination and hospital performance rankings, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks

TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Informal networks among physicians who share patients demonstrate substantial geographic variability, while within networks, physician and patient characteristics are similar, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sodium Accumulation Noted in Brain in Multiple Sclerosis

TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Use of sodium 23 (23Na) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has identified dramatic increases in total sodium concentration (TSC) in the brain of patients with advanced relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR MS), with increased sodium in gray matter correlating with disability, according to a study published online July 17 in Radiology.

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Chemo Combo Promising for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

FRIDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of temozolomide and bevacizumab seems to benefit patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), according to a study published online July 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Brain Tracer Indicates Risk of Future Cognitive Decline

FRIDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- A radioactive tracer that can image amyloid-beta deposits in the brain can indicate whether older adults are at risk of cognitive decline and developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published online July 11 in Neurology.

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Less Stress Prevents Brain Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis

THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- A 24-week stress management therapy (SMT) program reduces the number of new gadolinium-enhancing (Gd+) brain lesions in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS), but effects are not sustained after 24 weeks, according to research published online July 11 in Neurology.

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Long-Term Mortality Risk Low After Cerebral Vein Thrombosis

THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- For patients who survive a cerebral vein thrombosis (CVT), the long-term risk of mortality and recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) seems to be low, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Pathophysiology May Help ID Rare, Early Form of Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- In dominantly inherited Alzheimer's disease, clinical and biomarker changes occur decades before the expected onset of disease symptoms, according to a study published online July 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Novel Immune Target Identified in Multiple Sclerosis

WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- About half of a subgroup of patients with multiple sclerosis have autoantibodies to a potassium channel in the brain, according to a study published in the July 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Legalization of Euthanasia Has Not Altered Prevalence

WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Current trends in the frequency and characteristics of euthanasia in the Netherlands are similar to those seen before enactment of the euthanasia law in 2002, according to a study published online July 11 in The Lancet.

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'Mad Cow' Detectable Earlier in Autonomic Nervous System

WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Prions responsible for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are detectable in the autonomic nervous system before the central nervous system, according to a study published online July 11 in The American Journal of Pathology.

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Supplement Mixture Improves Memory in Mild Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- A supplement mixture (Souvenaid) containing dietary precursors and specific nutrients can improve memory in drug-naive patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Flu Shot in Pregnancy Not Tied to Adverse Fetal Outcomes

TUESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to adjuvanted influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccination during pregnancy does not increase the risk of adverse fetal outcomes, and influenza vaccination correlates with a small but significantly increased risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), according to two studies published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Emergency Service Hospital Prenotification Ups Stroke Tx

TUESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency medical service (EMS) hospital prenotification results in more timely imaging and administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and an increased proportion of eligible patients with acute ischemic stroke receiving tPA, according to a study published online July 10 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Quality of Life Deteriorates Before Parkinson's Diagnosis

MONDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Quality of life begins to decline for Parkinson's disease (PD) patients years before diagnosis, according to a study published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease.

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Sadness Increases Subjective Experience of Pain

FRIDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sadness increases subjective pain ratings and affects pain-evoked cortical activity, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Pain.

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Fingolimod Slows Progress of Multiple Sclerosis

THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with remitting-relapsing multiple sclerosis, fingolimod correlates with reduced inflammatory activity, tissue damage, and brain volume loss, as indicated by measures on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) over a two-year period, according to a study published online July 2 in the Archives of Neurology.

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Post-Cardiac Op Delirium Tied to Long-Term Cognitive Decline

THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, postoperative development of delirium correlates with a decline in cognitive ability during the first year after surgery, according to a study published in the July 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Stem Cells From Skin Can Display Huntington's Characteristics

THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Neural cells generated from skin cells from patients with Huntington's disease (HD), which is characterized by CAG repeat expansions, show characteristic features of the disease, including neurodegeneration, according to a study published online June 28 in Cell Stem Cell.

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Brain Connectivity Predicts Transition to Chronic Pain

TUESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- Greater connectivity between two areas of the brain increases the likelihood that subacute back pain will not recover and will become chronic instead, according to a study published online July 1 in Nature Neuroscience.

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Botox May Reduce Arm Tremors in Multiple Sclerosis

TUESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- Targeted botulinum toxin type A injections may be an effective treatment option for disabling arm tremors in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a study published in the July 3 issue of Neurology.

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