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 a round-up of 12 such developments 1. Big data to improve epilepsy care Big Data is spreading its tentacles everywhere and epilepsy is no… Read More 12 fascinating advances in epilepsy: big data to pacemakers
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 and biases field has burgeoned and flourished and its main exponent is the psychologist Daniel Kahneman. His book Thinking, Fast and Slow… Read More How do cognitive biases compromise neurological practice?
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 neurological disorders? For the uninitiated, the process of the neurological assessment must seem like an outlandish ritual. Unlike cardiologists who approach patients… Read More 10 bizarre things neurologists do to their patients
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 cranial (or X) nerve. It is an interesting nerve for various reasons. Unlike other cranial nerves, it travels way beyond the… Read More Vagus nerve stimulation: from neurology and beyond!
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 Insider UK and Tech Insider. Nothing better to broaden one’s horizon! It is a very-well made video and presents some very awesome facts. See for yourself! … Read More Is this the most stunning video clip about brain facts?
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 I only read the abstract and the key word there is involvement of the dentate nuclei. The second case report… Read More Metronidazole-two case lessons for neurologists
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 into neurological practice. One such technique is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This is a non-invasive method of stimulating specific parts of the brain using… Read More Are magnets transforming neurological practice?