Monthly Archive: July, 2016

Why is chronic Lyme disease so frustrating to neurology?

Lyme disease is a well-known infection. It takes its name from Lyme, Connecticut, where it was first recognised as a distinct disease in 1975. The disease is caused by the infamous Borrelia species which… Continue reading

Advances in the management of giant cell arteritis

Giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal arteritis, is an affliction of older people. It results in headache and, more worryingly, blindness and stroke.   The diagnosis of GCA is a clinical one. GCA diagnostic criteria stipulate, amongst other… Continue reading

The most popular neurology lounge posts at one year

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of The Neurology Lounge. How time flies. The Lounge has published 95 posts over the last 12 months. The first tentative post was titled Hello, and the last was What… Continue reading

What are the most iconic neurological disorders?

Neurology is a broad specialty covering a staggering variety of diseases. Some neurological disorders are vanishingly rare, but many are household names, or at least vaguely familiar to most people. These are the… Continue reading

Are steroids detrimental to survival in brain tumours?

As I update neurochecklists I come across some papers which make me go, ‘really!’ Such studies challenge established theories and threaten conventional practice. Such is the case with a recent paper in Brain titled,… Continue reading

What’s evolving at the cutting-edge of autoimmune neurology?

This is a follow up to my previous blog titled What are the dreadful autoimmune disorders that plague neurology. Autoimmune neurology is a rapidly evolving field; blink and you will miss important developments.… Continue reading

So what is the secret of neurochecklists?

If you have been following this blog closely, you couldn’t have missed my series of blog posts introducing neurochecklists. If you haven’t, then check them out here: What is the value of checklists in medical… Continue reading

What are the dreadful autoimmune disorders that plague neurology?

Neurologists have always known that autoimmunity accounts for many nervous system disorders. A classical example is Sydenham’s chorea or St Vitus dance. This movement disorder develops after rheumatic fever, and is caused by antibodies to the bacterium called Streptocccus. The modern-day… Continue reading