September 5, 2013 |
What could a neurologist possibly have in common with such legendary fictional sleuths as the hard-drinking Philip Marlowe, the impossibly perceptive Sherlock Holmes or even rumpled Detective Colombo? Pretty much everything, say two experts. In an offbeat paper published Wednesday in the journal Practical Neurology, authors argue that detective stories have been part of the fabric of neurology ever since it became a discrete medical specialty. When searching for clues to make a diagnosis about a nervous system disorder, neurologists employ a distinctly Holmesian alter ego, according the study's coauthors, Dr. Peter Kempster, a neurologist at Australia's Monash Medical Center, and Andrew Lees, professor of neurology at University College London.
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September 5, 2013 |
More than 250,000 people living in a broad swath of eastern Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Huntington Park and other southeast cities face a "chronic hazard" from exposure to arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, according to air district officials. Toxic emissions from the Exide Technologies plant have the potential to create "neurological changes, specifically a decrease in intellectual function in children," said Jean Ospital, health effects officer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
April 18, 2013 |
Dick Van Dyke is suffering from an as-yet "undiagnosed neurological disorder" and has been advised to rest and avoid plane travel until doctors know what the veteran showman is dealing with, according to his rep. "My head bangs every time I lay down," the 87-year-old said Wednesday on Twitter . "I've had every test come back that I'm perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?" The tweet sparked dozens of responses, some serious and others joking. Comic Elayne Boosler advised him against sleeping on the drum kit. VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke reflects on his career One immediate effect of doctors' advice was the nixing of a trip to New York next week to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Bettering Humanity Through Comedy from the 92nd Street Y . The cancellation was because of "fatigue and lack of sleep resulting from symptoms of a yet-to-be diagnosed neurological disorder," his rep told " Entertainment Tonight ," which first reported the news. "Dick is otherwise in good physical condition but the fatigue factor has become acute," his rep told USA Today in a statement that included the caution against air travel.
March 13, 2013 |
Prescribing psychotropic medications to normal, healthy kids who want to boost their academic performance is "not justifiable" because it contravenes a physician's responsibility to promote a child's "authentic" development and to protect him or her against coercion by parents or peers, a group of neurologists and bioethicists has asserted. When older adolescents who are closer to the age of autonomy (or their parents) ask for such medications, arguments against the practice are weaker, the group concluded.
June 14, 2012
MUSIC Neurology meets performing arts in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Michael Nyman's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," a work based on the book by Oliver Sacks published in 1985. With the central hero of Sacks' work essentially being music as a man struggles to make sense of the world while struggling with visual agnosia, the 1 hour, 15 minute production should be a sight to behold. Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Through June 24. $29-$150.
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June 3, 2012 |
The next president of the University of Redlands will be Ralph W. Kuncl, a neurology professor who has been the provost and executive vice president at the University of Rochester, school officials announced Saturday. Kuncl is expected in mid-August to succeed James R. Appleton, who has served as president of the University of Redlands for more than 20 years over two non-consecutive terms. The private university, which enrolls 4,700 students, offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its main Inland Empire campus in Redlands and satellite facilities throughout Southern California.