Highlights for the West Coast Geriatrics Psychiatry Conference Jody Corey–Bloom, M.D., Ph.D. and Elizabeth S. Menkin, M.D. Utilize patient history, mental status testing, neurologic examination, and clinical evaluation to diagnose dementia. Recognize the features and stages of Alzheimer disease and prescribe appropriate treatment. Differentiate Lewy body dementia from other forms of dementia and discriminate among the forms of frontotemporal dementia. Identify patients with dementia who qualify for hospice care. Counsel patients, families, and caregivers about hospice care, tube feeding, and other treatment decisions for patients with advanced dementia.
Update on Multiple Sclerosis Jody Corey–Bloom, M.D., Ph.D. and Jeffrey A. Cohen, M.D. Differentiate MS from other conditions characterized by white matter lesions or demyelinating lesions. Choose among platform immunomodulators, plasmapheresis, and other therapeutic approaches to treat and manage symptoms of MS. Diagnose and treat neuromyelitis optica. Summarize the challenges and approaches for development of stem cell therapies to treat MS. Elaborate on the advantages of mesenchymal stem cells and the preclinical data supporting their use for the treatment of MS.
Highlights from a Comprehensive Review of Neurology by Barrow Neurological Institute David M. Treiman, M.D. and Roy A. Patchell, M.D. Differentiate partial-onset from generalized seizures. Recognize the important epilepsy syndromes, generalized and localization-related genetic epilepsies, and acquired localization-related seizures. Select the appropriate treatment for the different types of epilepsy. Diagnose the various types of primary brain tumors in children and adults and summarize the effects of treatment on survival. Identify and manage metastatic tumors in the brain, meninges, and spinal cord.
Essential Psychiatry for Neurologists Jason Caplan, M.D. Diagnose mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Identify the signs and symptoms of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Differentiate among and recognize the characteristics of the different personality disorders. Summarize the appropriate medications and psychotherapeutic approaches for treatment of various psychiatric disorders. Recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose and toxicity associated with psychiatric medications.
Highlights from the 17th Annual Brain Injury Symposium Richard A. Hamilton, Ph.D. Recognize the anatomic features of the frontal and prefrontal cortex. Identify the location of lesions in the frontal lobes on the basis of the functions associated with each region and the symptoms of the patient. Differentiate among the various aspects of emotional intelligence and executive function governed by the frontal and prefrontal lobes. Summarize the physiologic effects of elastic therapeutic taping (Kinesio taping). Elaborate on the different clinical applications of Kinesio taping.
Highlights from the Northern New England Neurological Society Annual Meeting Richard P. Morse, M.D. and Helene Langevin, M.D. Use clinical presentation, electroencephalography, and genetic testing to diagnose Dravet syndrome. Counsel families about the genetics and molecular mechanisms of Dravet syndrome. Choose the appropriate treatment for patients with Dravet syndrome. Assess the data supporting the beneficial effects of acupuncture for treatment of chronic conditions and elaborate on the potential role of nonspecific placebo effects. Educate patients about the latest research into possible physiological mechanisms associated with acupuncture and recommend whether acupuncture therapy appears appropriate for individual patients.
Update on Dementia Zahinoor Ismail, M.D. and William E. Reichman, M.D. Identify the most common and most troublesome neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. Evaluate and intervene to minimize the clinical and environmental factors that may contribute to neuropsychiatric symptoms, agitation, and aggression in patients with dementia. Assess the risks and benefits of pharmacologic treatment and prescribe antipsychotic and alternative agents appropriately for dementia and agitation psychosis. Summarize the roles of cognitive reserve and fluid intelligence in maintaining brain fitness. Recommend measures to maintain maximum cognitive ability and brain health on the basis of the evidence supporting currently available interventions.
Highlights from the New Orleans Neurology Update Roger E. Kelley, M.D. and Stephen D. Silberstein, M.D. Identify patients at higher risk for stroke. Initiate preventive measures and interventions to reduce the risk for strokes. Diagnose primary chronic daily headaches and differentiate among the 4 main types. Summarize the mechanisms involved in headaches caused by medication overuse. Prescribe optimal acute and preventive treatments for chronic daily headache.
Management of Neuropathic Pain Gregory L. Holmquist, Pharm.D. Differentiate neuropathic pain from other pain types. Explain opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Review risks, benefits, and efficacy of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antidepressants in treatment of neuropathic pain. Select an effective anticonvulsant for neuropathic pain. Discuss the role of topical agents and cannabinoids.
Highlights from Update in Headache 2011 Lisa G. Winston, M.D. and Michael S. Policar, M.D., M.P.H. Identify possible causes of thunderclap headache. Diagnose various conditions associated with cerebral arterial vasoconstriction, encephalopathy, and cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Diagnose migraine with and without aura and identify patients with migrainous vertigo. Prescribe appropriate therapy for prophylaxis and acute attacks of migraine with vertigo. Recognize the symptoms of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and treat with diet, exercise, and medications.
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