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Stroke and sickle cell anemia

Here are the facts: 1 in 10 children with sickle cell anemia have a stroke before college. Almost 1 in 4 children with sickle cell anemia have “silent strokes” before college. Approximately 100,000 Americans...

April Fools!

So much going on in this episode, it’s out of control. It’s a 3-parter, all in 1 episode. To celebrate April Fools Day, I’ve selected 3 topics that may fool you. So don’t be....

Leveraging a neurotoxin

Botulinum toxin is among the most effective pharmacologic agents accessible to neurologists, but it is also one few resident physicians experience using. Derived from the lethal bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, this neurotoxin can cause flaccid...

Neurology 101: CSF profiling

Before the lumbar puncture, fluid from the nervous system was extracted via surgical means–often at great risk to the patient, and often with little benefit. When Heinrich Quincke finally described a dramatically safer technique...

Holy osmosis!

Yep, it usually looks as cookie cutter as that. Right smack in the middle of the pons. But not always… Osmotic demyelination syndrome, previously known as central pontine myelinolysis, is a rare but terrifying...