Challenges and opportunities for brain health

Ever wondered how the World Federation of Neurology is working to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide? William M Carroll and Wolfgang Grisold, of the World Federation of Neurology, discuss what can be done to increase research into neurological disorders and promote better and lasting brain health. Brain-related disorders such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease,…

NIH study provides answer to long-held debate on blood sugar control after stroke

Findings may have immediate impact on clinical practice WHAT Hyperglycemia, or increased glucose, is common in patients with acute ischemic stroke and is associated with worse outcomes compared to normal glucose levels. Doctors all over the world have debated whether intensive glucose management, which requires the use of IV insulin to bring blood sugar levels…

CNS releases new clinical practice guidelines for thoracolumbar spine trauma

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has issued new clinical practice guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of patients with thoracolumbar spine trauma. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma have been published today in full text on the CNS website…

Medicare reconsiders paying for seniors’ spine operations at surgery centers

Medicare is reviewing whether seniors should undergo spine surgeries at same-day surgery centers, the government-run health program announced Wednesday, five months after a USA Today Network-Kaiser Health News investigation revealed a spate of patient deaths following the procedures. The proposal states that Medicare officials will examine whether these procedures “pose a significant safety risk” to…

New research shows adult neurogenesis does not persist in the human hippocampus

The generation of new neurons in the human hippocampus strongly decreases from childhood to almost undetectable levels in adults. It can therefore be stated that neurogenesis in the human hippocampus is almost non-existent, as opposed to what has been thought in recent decades. 6th World Conference on Neurology and Neurosurgery will be organized during March 27-28, 2019…

Maintaining an active lifestyle in older age could prevent dementia

A new study conducted at Rush University Medical Center has found that keeping active in older age may help to maintain memory and thinking skills and reduce the risk of dementia. In a study of 454 older individuals (191 with dementia and 263 without), those who were more active than average had better memory and…

Study evaluates first-ever Robotic Visualization System for neurosurgery

Operative microscopes have become fundamental to the success of modern neurosurgical and other surgical specialty procedures that they are requisite for a modern standard of care. Operative microscopes have become active platforms for the development of improved user-control interfaces and robotic systems. Latest developments provide significantly more functions than previous operative microscopes. 6th World Conference on…