Our summer began with a slew of info we gathered from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The neurologists that presented at that meeting were insightful and showed us what it is like to be on the front lines of neurology today. They spoke on issues surrounding the use of medical scribes, acupuncture, teleneurology, and much more. We picked five of our best posts from this summer season. Read on to find out if one of these posts can give you the insight you need as a neurologist practicing today.
Harvard neurologist, Dr. Joel Salinas, MD, researches social isolation and its effect on health outcomes. Evidence continues to mount regarding the significance of this impact. Among other things, social isolation is associated with an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Learn more about social relationships and health outcomes, and the role of neurology.
First Do No Harm looms large in every patient encounter. So when new practice modalities gain popularity, it’s not surprising that they take some time to gain widespread usage, particularly when their mechanism of action is unclear. Acupuncture definitely falls into that category, but its use is gaining momentum and its acceptance is growing. Find out if adding acupuncture to your practice make sense.
Neurologists have been involved in the remote care of stroke patients using telemedicine since the 1990s. The use of this technology has evolved and grown to include a much wider variety of purposes today. According to the American Hospital Association, “[Seventy-six] percent of U.S. hospitals connect with patients and consulting practitioners at a distance through the use of video and other technology.” But as with any new and evolving technology, Telemedicine doesn’t always work out as intended. Learn what NOT to do with telemedicine.
Few medical topics can get people riled up like Lyme disease. The bad news is that the Lyme wars probably aren’t going away anytime soon. The good news is that The American Academy of Neurology, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and American College of Rheumatology have introduced new draft guidelines in an effort to make treatment decisions easier for those on the front lines of the controversy. Read more about the new Lyme disease guidelines.
There are few prognoses that carry as much weight as the one made for a patient with a disorder of consciousness (DoC). Erring one way could mean a life ends while there is still the possibility of improvement. Erring in the other direction could mean prolonging a life with no meaningful recovery. To make the best decision possible, it helps to consult the latest practice guidelines for these types of disorders. Learn what the new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology have to say about disorders of consciousness.