Author: BrainWaves Podcast

The Guillain-Barre Syndrome

I’ll bet you didn’t know it was called the Landry-Guillain-Barre-Strohl syndrome. Now, we’ve simplified it to a dual eponym, the Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)–not unlike the abbreviated title of Lewis-Sumner syndrome. In this week’s episode...

The Origins of American Neurology

The past! The infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present, after all, but a growth out of the past? (As a projectile, formed, impelled, passing a certain line, still keeps on,...

Women & Epilepsy

There’s more to it than simply avoiding valproic acid in pregnancy. A lot more. From menses to menopause, women who suffer from epilepsy are at increased risk of a number of complications from their...

Intro to nystagmus

Nystagmus. The word originates from the Greek for “nodding,” as in “to be sleepy.” But this BrainWaves podcast makes you feel anything but. Led by Dr. Ali Hamedani, also responsible for an earlier and...

Nitrous oxide myeloneuropathy

Whippets, derived from the brand name “Whip-it” is the recreational trade name for inhaled nitrous oxide (N2O) chargers that can give you a brief, euphoric, high. And although it has been touted in the...

The many faces of PRES

Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome Not always posterior, not always reversible, not always associated with encephalopathy. To give you the actual numbers, 75% of cases have frontal and temporal involvement, and a third affect the...

Closing the case on PFO closure

Cryptogenic stroke is the term neurologists use to describe patients with an unknown stroke etiology. (For a quick review, I’d refer you to our earlier episode on the topic.) In a large number of...

How I treat multiple sclerosis

Fourteen. That’s the number of FDA-approved disease-modifying therapies, or DMTs, that are used to treat relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. At least that’s how many there are at the time of this blog entry. In our...