Cannabidiol found to be effective add-on for treatment-resistant epilepsy

For paediatric-onset treatment-resistant epilepsy, cannabinoids are effective as an adjunctive treatment for reducing seizure frequency by 50% or more, according to a review published online in...

Dexmedetomidin may prevent delirium in the ICU

A low dose of the sedative dexmedetomidine given at night may prevent delirium in critically ill patients, according to new research published online in the American...

Dementia raises hospital readmission risk

Older hospital patients with dementia are about twice as likely to return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, compared to older adults...

Poor quality of life factors identified in glaucoma patients

Reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in surgically and medically treated patients with glaucoma is associated with factors including worse diplopia, poorer visual acuity...

Regardless of CV risks, cancer history impacts mortality

Cancer history has an important impact on mortality independent of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs), a study published online in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis...

Diet shown to reduce stroke may also reduce depression risk

People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released this month that will...

Deadline for submitting financial data for practice cost studies extended again

SAMA has again called on doctors to submit their financial data for the Practice Cost Study survey as a matter of urgency, extending the deadline again...

Cardiorespiratory fitness, white matter integrity tied to cognition

Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is associated with better white matter (WM) fibre integrity in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Texan researchers have reported in...

7-10 March: Neurological Association of SA Congress (NASA)

Contact: Claries Roelofsz: claries@londocor.co.zaWebsite: http://www.neuropsychologysa.co.za/training-workshops/neurological-association-of-south-africa-nasa-congress-2017/

Researchers release largest data set of brain MRI from stroke patients

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) have archived and shared the Anatomical Tracings of Lesion After Stroke (ATLAS), an open-source data set of brain...

Alcohol use disorders found to be the biggest risk factor for...

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This is according to a...

Study finds lipoproteins, lipids have similar CV event risks

Lipoproteins and lipids are similarly associated with risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemic stroke (IS) but not intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH), a study published...

Dealing with difficult medical colleagues

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a topic that is seldom discussed in medical journals is analysed. Current health care requires effective collaboration among...

Excess calcium may play role in development of Parkinson’s

Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. The...

PET sheds light on dopamine system in Parkinson’s disease patients

Using a PET camera, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new method for investigating the dopamine system in the brains of patients suffering...

Behavioural interventions may reduce seizures in focal epilepsy

Two stress-reducing behavioural interventions may be effective in reducing seizures in adult patients with medication-resistant focal epilepsy, new research suggests. In a randomized trial of...

Only two weeks left to submit practice cost studies

With the deadline looming for healthcare professionals to complete the surveys for current practice cost studies as required by SAMA and the SAPPF, doctors have been...

Autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share molecular traits

A UCLA-led study appearing in Science has found that autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share some physical characteristics at the molecular level, specifically patterns of...