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Neurology Alert – February 1, 2015

February 1, 2015

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  • REM Behavior Disorder as a Predictor of Parkinson’s Disease

    Here are the results of a carefully executed study of REM behavior disorder patients compared to controls and those with Parkinson’s disease.

  • The Clinical Spectrum of Encephalitis

    Encephalitis is a serious neurologic condition caused by acute inflammation of the brain. Patients typically present acutely with any combination of confusion, fever, seizures, headache, focal neurologic deficits, and abnormal involuntary movements. Diagnosis is typically made by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis and serologic studies on CSF and blood.

  • Progesterone in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury

    ABSTRACT & COMMENTARY: Administration of progesterone after acute traumatic brain injury does not improve neurological outcome nor reduce mortality.

  • Predicting Efficacy of IVIG in CIDP

    In a retrospective chart review of 281 treatment-naïve patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, lack of response to intravenous immunoglobulin was predicted by 1) presence of painful neuropathy and 2) strength differences between arm and leg muscles.

  • Statins and the Neuromuscular System

    Statins inhibit the function of 3-hydroy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase and are widely used for risk reduction of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. It is estimated that about 10% of patients will discontinue statins due to muscle-related symptoms.