Monthly Archive: December, 2015

12 fascinating advances in epilepsy: big data to pacemakers

I recently posted on the role of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in epilepsy. Exciting as it is, there are several cutting edge developments in epilepsy that are making VNS ‘old school’. Here is… Continue reading

How do cognitive biases compromise neurological practice?

Cognitive biases are pervasive human instincts. They are essentially shortcuts or heuristics we use all the time to make quick judgments. They crop up whenever we make decisions especially when time is limited and facts are scarce. The heuristics… Continue reading

10 bizarre things neurologists do to their patients

This is a follow-up to my previous blog post, So what is remarkable about neurology anyway? That post reviewed the challenging tasks neurologists face everyday. How do they go about it? How do they evaluate their patients with suspected… Continue reading

Vagus nerve stimulation: from neurology and beyond!

The vagus nerve is one of 12 pairs of nerves that come off the lower part of the brain called the brainstem. It is the tenth in line and therefore also called the tenth… Continue reading

Is this the most stunning video clip about brain facts?

I must admit video clips are not my thing but I came across this very well made video I felt compelled to share. It came to my attention from unusual sites for medical information- Business… Continue reading

Metronidazole-two case lessons for neurologists

I came across two articles recently which highlighted neurological complications of metronidazole I was previously unaware of.   The first is a case report of metronidazole-induced encephalopathy in the journal Neurocritical Care. I admit… Continue reading

Are magnets transforming neurological practice?

The armoury of the neurologist is traditionally a cocktail of tablets and injections. The neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists seem to have all the fancy gadgets. This may however be changing with techniques that are gradually creeping… Continue reading

So what is so remarkable about neurology anyway?

There is an astounding variety of reasons why a patient may be referred to a neurologist. The neurologist is easily identified as a brain doctor, and the patient may, after all, just have some tingling in the feet or some… Continue reading