The novel coronavirus pandemic, in particular the neurological effects of COVID-19, and the work of neurodiagnostic technologists are the common threads running through our most-read stories this year.
Dysfunction in the brain’s default mode network has been linked to a large number of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Mindfulness is also associated with activity in this part of the brain. New research on bipolar disorder may shine a light on this complex relationship.
Health literacy is dismal in the U.S. and it is costing us lives, public health experts say. You can take a deeper dive into this issue through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and create a health literacy plan for your practice.
Patients who smoke are more at risk for serious illness related to COVID-19, according to the CDC. For neurologists, this compounds growing evidence that the coronavirus as well as smoking are independent factors linked to neurological disease.
Fear gripped Americans at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that many chose to stay home instead of seek care for conditions unrelated to the virus. For some, that choice had tragic consequences.
In 2007, neurologist Kim Hutchison moved with her husband and two kids to Saipan, the island in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. She had no intention of practicing medicine. But not only did she end up opening a neurology and sleep medicine clinic, she also expanded her ability…
‘It’s allowed us to put the accelerator down on the use of telemedicine,’ says St. Louis-based Dr. Laurence Kinsella. ‘We were already dealing with a scarce resource: the general neurologist. This has dramatically changed the landscape.’
Telemedicine is remarkable, but there’s no arguing that it literally increases the distance between the clinician and patient. Is it possible to maintain an emotional connection with patients via telemedicine? We asked three neurology providers what they think.
Like many of us, those who care for people with Alzheimer’s are stressed about COVID-19 and the accompanying shutdowns and stay-at-home orders. That increased anxiety gets passed on to patients, a neurologist tells us.