Tag Archives: Neurological Disease

Severe, Persistent and Fatal Delirium (Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra)

Summary Delirium is typically a transient syndrome, but this study concentrates on severe persistent and potentially fatal delirium. Just 15 cases are considered, involving diverse diagnoses including Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and progressive supranuclear palsy. Full … Continue reading

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Tumeric (Curry Spice) Might Stimulate Brain Cell Repair? (BBC News / NHS Choices / Stem Cell Research and Therapy)

Summary An early German study on rats suggests that the spice turmeric may have a potential role in helping the brain’s ability to repair and regenerate itself. The study in question involved laboratory animal research to investigate the effect of … Continue reading

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Recent Brain Research / Neurology-Related Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Summary Recent reviews and meta-analyses on neurology-related topics are listed below. Some of these articles may be available freely (according to local circumstances). A suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access are required to obtain the full-text … Continue reading

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Human Brain Project (HBP): New Paradigm or New Confusion? (BBC News)

Summary Senior neuroscientists have released an open letter to the EC which is critical about the European Human Brain Project (HBP). Critics assert that this project, aimed at attempting to simulate the human brain, has drifted off-course. They are demanding … Continue reading

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Compendium of Neurology Data for England: 2012-13 (HSCIC)

Summary The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published a report on neurology, summarising information about the number of neurologists working in the NHS, prescription items for treating neurological illnesses, neurology-related hospital admissions and outpatient appointments, plus data … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Improving Cognitive Functioning in Alzheimer’s Dementia (Frontiers in Psychiatry)

Summary Deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be able to improve cognitive functioning in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). This systematic review examines research into DBS and cognitive function in animal and human studies, and reviews the feasibility and efficacy of this type … Continue reading

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HBP: Human Brain Project (BBC News)

Summary Scientists from 135 research institutions, mostly Europe-based, are planning to participate in a 10-year, 1 billion pound neuroscience project, entitled the Human Brain Project (HBP). The HBP aims to explore how the human brain works, possibly ultimately developing computer simulations of brain activity, neurological processes and neurodegenerative … Continue reading

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Frontotemporal Dementia (BMJ)

Summary Frontotemporal dementia involves a diverse range of conditions which are a cause of young onset dementia. There is selective brain atrophy in the frontal and temporal lobes, which requires brain magnetic resonance imaging for accurate diagnosis. Approximately one-quarter of … Continue reading

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Exploring the Potential of Deep Brain Stimulation (TED Talk by Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano)

Summary Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano discusses recent developments in the potential uses of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the alleviation of symptoms across many different neurological / neuropsychological conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, depression and other mental illnesses, and possibly even … Continue reading

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NICE Pathways for NICE Guidance

[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012]. Summary NICE Pathways is an online tool which brings together summaries of selected NICE guidelines, and related information, … Continue reading

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