Category: General

Recent advances in treatment for narcolepsy

An improved understanding of the causes of narcolepsy has led to an increase in the number of available pharmacological treatments for the sleep disorder, which has recently been reclassified into Narcolepsy Type 1 (NT1) and Narcolepsy Type 2 (NT2). Much more is known about the pathophysiology of NT1, with hypocretin/orexin (ORX) neurons being lost through…

Dizziness demystified

This review article covers the latest information about the most common presentations and diagnoses under the ‘dizziness’ umbrella and acts as a guide for diagnosing professionals. The four most common presentations are covered in detail and linked with their possible diagnoses, which include Ménière’s disease, vestibular migraine and cerebellar infarction. Read more on the BMJ…

Prevalence and associated physical symptoms of depressive and anxiety symptoms in neurology outpatient clinic

In this observational study, a random sample of 765 patients at neurology outpatient clinics in Shanghai were assessed using questionnaires to see whether a link could be made between neurological symptoms and the occurrence of depression and anxiety. The authors found a correlation between the number of physical symptoms reported and the occurrence of depression…

Lyme Disease: chronic illness is rare, say experts

Patients should be wary of using non-validated tests to diagnose Lyme Disease, said experts attending an October Science Media Centre briefing on the disease. Consultant microbiologist Matthew Dryden said that an increased, disproportionate public awareness of the rarer side effects of Lyme Disease has led to the spread of misinformation about chronic or ‘post-treatment’ symptoms…