Category Archives: Neurology

MS: Intestinal Bacteria On Stone Age Diet

Research shows that intestinal bacteria are linked to multiple sclerosis. An American doctor, suffering from MS herself, is investing efforts on a special diet which resembles the paleo diet. Her self-experiment will now be tested in a clinical trial. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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When Patients Seek Advice From A Specialist But Don’t Take It

Parents put children at risk when they think they know more than a specialist. Several physicians have told me of their frustration about patients coming to them for advice and then not taking it. Many of these doctors are the top doctors in their specialties. I, too, more...

Dementia: The Parkinson’s Prophecy

A characteristic aspect of Parkinson's disease is the presence of movement disorders. However intellectual abilities are also often impaired by the degradation processes in the brain. Neurologists have now developed a risk score to predict the course of progress of more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Anesthesia Problems With Some Muscle Diseases

Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients can have problems with certain anesthetics. Parents must be sure to check that an anesthesiologist is aware of the condition called Malignant Hyperthermia and be prepared to treat it. Patients with Central Core disease can also be more...

The Surgical Executioner: Transplantation Of The Head

A neurosurgeon will be performing a head transplant at the end of the year. The head of a paralysed patient is supposed to be matched to a new body. "Is this still medical treatment?" is the question being asked not only by people, but now also by highly respected more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Depression: The Pleasure Pacemaker

For patients with severe treatment-resistant depression, there may soon be a new treatment option. In one four-year study, seven out of eight patients benefited from deep brain stimulation. Four of the patients were cured. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Magnesium Oil: Transdermal Bull

Manufacturers have come up with the idea of offering "miraculous" magnesium preparations for application on the skin. But can magnesium ultimately enter the bloodstream through transdermal application? If one looks for evidence, one is quickly overcome by more...

Nociception: More Pain No Gain For Women?

When women and men feel pain, their respective signalling and threshold levels often differ greatly. It is therefore all the more important to take both genders into account in research, both in studies of humans and in those conducted on laboratory animals. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

An Elevated CPK (CK) May Not Indicate A Medical Problem

An elevated CPK lab test may occur in active children, joggers, and other conditions. No diagnosis of muscular dystrophy should ever be made because of a single increased CPK. A complete work-up should be done if there is a question of muscle weakness. more...

Autism: Early Bird Diagnosis

Recognition of autism spectrum disorder currently occurs at the earliest at two years of age. This could soon change due to MRI-based diagnostics – at least for "high-risk children" from families which already have an autistic sibling. But does such an early more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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