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2012-12-27 14:21:52

Penn-designed non-invasive MRI screening method is cost-effective, statistically powerful When trying to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Using an MRI-based algorithm effectively differentiated cases 75 percent of the time, according...

2012-11-13 12:22:27

Early clinical observations in the fungal meningitis outbreak A new article being published early online in Annals of Internal Medicine describes the diagnosis and treatment protocol established in a Roanoke, Va. hospital to care for dozens of patients presenting with suspected fungal meningitis related to contaminated epidural spinal injections. This unprecedented surge of patients seeking care for a rare central nervous system (CNS) infection required physicians to react quickly with...

2011-04-14 15:29:48

A Mayo Clinic case study finds Botox may offer new hope to patients suffering disabling low cerebrospinal fluid headaches. The successful treatment also offers new insight into Botox and headache treatment generally. The case study was presented March 13th, 2011 at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Hawaii. Low CSF pressure headaches are caused by an internal spinal fluid leak. The pain can range from slight to disabling. The headaches are most commonly triggered by a lumbar...

2009-03-20 22:30:21

An X-ray-guided spinal tap procedure fails more than half of the time in young infants and should be used sparingly, if at all, U.S. researchers advise. Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine said the study shows the X-ray-guided form of spinal tap -- called fluoroscopy-guided lumbar puncture -- causes a doubling in risk of bleeding for patients age 80 and older compared to younger patients. The researchers also said the risk of bleeding caused by the procedure can be...

2009-03-19 09:05:56

An X-ray-guided spinal tap procedure fails more than half of the time in young infants and should be used sparingly, if at all, for those patients, according to a new study done by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.The study also shows that the X-ray-guided form of spinal tap, called fluoroscopy-guided lumbar puncture, causes a doubling in risk of bleeding for patients older than 80 compared to younger patients and that the risk of bleeding caused by the procedure can...

2009-01-07 09:40:57

Largest review to date questions current recommendationsWhen babies develop a fever high enough or abrupt enough to cause a seizure, frightened parents often rush them to the emergency room, where their workup frequently includes a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to rule out bacterial meningitis. Now, in the largest study to date, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston find that this uncomfortable procedure is probably not necessary in well-appearing children who have had a simple febrile...


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