Thursday, November 20, 2014

Treating Comorbid Sleep, Neurological Disorders

Neurology Advisor

The Challenges of Diagnosing and Treating Sleep

The range of sleep disorders neurologists treat is wide and includes insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy.

Primary sleep disorders are caused by endogenous abnormalities in the mechanisms regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Secondary sleep disorders stem from comorbid conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease, or psychiatric disorders that can cause disruptions in  normal sleep-wake mechanisms.(published site)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Diagnosing and Treating Rapidly Progressive Dementias

November 10, 2014

Dementia may result from as many as 40 different diseases and conditions ranging from dietary deficiencies to inherited diseases, according to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders.1
With that, the definition of dementia has broadened over time from a focus on memory loss to a focus on impairment in one or more cognitive domains — particularly memory, language, frontal executive function, organizing, planning, and multitasking — that is severe enough to interfere with a person's daily function.1
(published site)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Diagnosing Deep Venous Thrombosis

John Neil, MD,
SMIL radiologist
SMIL Radiology Report
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the precise number of people affected by deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism is unknown, but estimates range from 300,000 to 600,00 people in the United States. 

The disease course of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) ranges from complete resolution over time to embolization to scarring with varying degrees of obstruction, vein damage and malfunctioning venous valves. (published site