July 4, 2013 - Volume 13 - Issue 13
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Creator: Lola Butcher
Duration: 6:04
Anup Patel, MD, director of the complex epilepsy clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, and his colleagues are working to reduce hospital use by their patients with epilepsy. In this podcast, he describes how he applies the “Plan, Do, Study, Act” technique suggested by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to assess how a small change in process can ensure a larger improvement in quality of care. For the full-text article, see the July 4 issue of Neurology Today.
Creator: Olga Rukovets
Duration: 9:26
How physicians frame questions and communicate with surrogate decision-makers in the emergency department can have a significant effect on the chosen course of treatment, according to a new study in the May 8 online edition of Critical Care Medicine. In response, Maisha T. Robinson, MD, who completed fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a Neurohospitalist fellowship at Mayo Clinic, spoke with Neurology Today about neurocritical care and the importance of clear end-of-life communication in the ICU. For the full text version of this article see the July 4 issue of Neurology Today.

Creator: Neurology Today
Duration: 3:34
Journal: Neurology Today July 4, 2013, Volume 13, Issue 13;

At this year’s AAN annual meeting, investigators reported that among the neurodegenerative disorders associated with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), 94 percent were synucleinopathies, indicating, experts say, that REM sleep behavior disorder is a highly significant prognostic indicator of future neurodegenerative disease. The findings “argue that part of the selective vulnerability involved with Lewy body disease and with MSA likely involves REM sleep circuitry,” study leader Bradley Boeve, MD, chair of behavioral neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, told attendees of the plenary at the AAN annual meeting. In a video interview, Neurology Today

Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, and Associate Editor Robert G. Holloway, MD, discuss the implications of the study and what to tell patients and their families once REM sleep behavior disorder is diagnosed.