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About 2-7% of people in the United States have neuropathy, which makes it one of the most common neurologic problems, right after headache. It increases in people who are over the age of 50 or 60, so the older we get, the more likely we are to have this medical condition.
Definition of neuropathy
When most people say “neuropathy,” they mean polyneuropathy or the neuropathy that affects people starting in their feet. People can also have neuropathy in their hands.
Signs and symptoms of neuropathy
People often describe numbness and tingling.
Pain is also a big symptom and it’s something that bothers people more than the other symptoms. It can be an electric pain, a burning pain or a sharp pain, and it’s usually located in a “stocking glove” pattern because it’s like stockings going up your leg and gloves on your hands.
Neuropathy can also cause weakness but that’s usually a much later symptom. Continue reading →
It can be difficult to see everything necessary, and in great detail, during brain tumor surgery. Often, a neurosurgeon is choosing between breadth (microscope glasses known as “loupes”) and depth (a microscope sitting outside the surgical field) as the surgery goes on.
A new technology coming to our new operating rooms in July combines the two views into one, mounted on a robot. The whole surgical team will be able to see everything the surgeon sees, in high definition on a large monitor.
“This type of technology can change our perspective to further refine and improve how we do surgery,” says Karin Muraszko, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at U-M.
Many of us will stay up late this Sunday night to watch the Super Bowl (It’s projected to end around 10:30 p.m.). Even though we’ll be cheering on the couch past the time we’re normally in our bed, those job, school, and family obligations will still require most of us to wake up early on Monday.
The good news: it’s possible to avoid cheating yourself on sleep while catching the big game.
Most neurologists treat people who have Parkinson’s disease with a medication called carbidopa/levodopa or Sinemet, as it is known by its brand name. We also offer several new FDA-approved therapies, surgery and other therapies that can greatly improve the quality of a patient’s life.
Recommendations will depend upon the course of the disease, the patient’s medical history and the neurologist’s estimation of which option is best for this particular patient.
New FDA-approved Parkinson’s therapies
Neurologists typically use these therapies in more advanced Parkinson’s disease or in special circumstances. Both therapies aim to increase “on” time, while reducing “off” time. “On” time refers to periods when Parkinson’s symptoms are adequately controlled. “Off” time refers to periods of the day when the medication is not working well, making symptoms worse. Continue reading →
Actress Jamie Lynn Sigler recently revealed she’s been dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 15 years, since she was 20 years old and starring in “The Sopranos.”
People across the country were wondering, ‘How did this successful and busy actress keep her MS diagnosis a secret from the press?’ Sigler said in interviews she was symptom-free for a long time, and now takes medication to keep her symptoms stable.
Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) put out a recommendation suggesting expanded screenings for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women.
It stated that “screenings should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.” This was an update of the 2009 USPSTF recommendation on screening for depression in adults.
John Greden, M.D., executive director of the U-M Depression Center, strongly endorses these recommendations. Read on for his thoughts:
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