Cerebral Embolic Protection Device Disappoints in TAVR/Stroke Trial
In this largest-to-date randomized trial of stroke prevention in transcatheter aortic valve replacement patients, use of the Sentinel cerebral embolic protection device did not significantly affect the incidence of periprocedural stroke.
Epilepsy: The Hidden Side Effect of Bariatric Surgery
The benefits of weight loss procedures are numerous, but a recently published paper reveals a long-term side effect clinicians and patients should heed.
Preventing Strokes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Researchers continue testing cerebral embolic protection devices as a solution — but are they effective?
Treatment of Acute Vertigo
Treating acute vertigo with an antihistamine was more effective than benzodiazepines for acute symptoms. However, there was no difference between the two medications in terms of resolution within one week or one month.
Fraud Allegations Involving Alzheimer’s Disease Study Raise Concerns
In a paper published in 2006, the authors provided evidence indicating accumulation of a specific form of beta-amyloid protein was a cause of Alzheimer’s disease. However, recent accusations suggest images allegedly were altered, raising doubts about the initial conclusions. Regardless of what happened, this case has jumpstarted a conversation about instituting more preventive measures, conducting faster investigations into fraud allegations, and levying more severe consequences for researchers found guilty of misconduct.
Measure Stroke Risk with Asymptomatic Severe Carotid Artery Stenosis
A community-based, retrospective, observational study of patients with asymptomatic severe carotid artery stenoses showed the crude stroke risk over five years was about 5%. Patients whose stenoses progress to high grade or start at that severity were at the highest risk for stroke.
Health Systems Start Transition to New Approach for Treating Ischemic Stroke
Alteplase has been a mainstay to treat ischemic stroke. When given within hours of an episode, evidence has shown the clot-busting medication can improve outcomes. But what if there was a drug that could deliver similar, and possibly even better, outcomes for a subset of stroke patients without some of the logistical hurdles associated with alteplase?
Inflammatory Foods Could Accelerate Brain Aging
In the Framingham Offspring cohort of subjects, those with a higher index of inflammatory foods recorded smaller brain volume, less grey matter.
Researchers Explore Connections Between Epilepsy and Postpartum Anxiety, Depression
Clinicians should monitor for signs of depression among patients with epilepsy who are pregnant or patients who are thinking about conceiving.
Smoking Cessation After Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis Could Lower Dementia Risk
A cohort study of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in South Korea revealed patients who stopped smoking after AF diagnosis were at lower risk for developing dementia than those who continued smoking.