Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekend reading

Trapped by the dropping temperatures and unexpected snow this weekend, I got caught up on some medical reading. I thought I'd share some of it with you:


The driving abilities of patients with Alzheimer's Disease worsen as the disease progresses. In addition, people with Alzheimer's Disease were more likely to have trouble with driving and other complex tasks than age-matched controls without cognitive problems (Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, May 11, 2016).


Patients who suffered a massive stroke requiring neurosurgical decompression, and survived the whole thing, were more likely to be dependent on others for long-term care than those who didn't make it (New England Journal of Medicine, September 7, 2016).






18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you sure?

Anonymous said...

Found research stating nursing home residents are aware of the death of other nursing home residents.
Worse, I had to cite it.

Anonymous said...

One hand hand, it's good (and proper science) to research this sort of subject. On the other hand, N.S. Sherlock and Captain Obvious must have co-authored these articles.

Liz said...

I don't know, Vladimir Lenin's long term care seems pretty intensive.

Stacey Gordon said...

Someone's got a grant and a lifestyle to maintain.
Stating the obvious is now considered a part of "evidence based medicine".

Packer said...

You cynical bastards mock the adage : You learn something new everyday.

I suggest you adopt it as your mantra because....well... you might learn something new, uh, well everyday. Today I learned that Grumpy has wild weekends.

Happy Thanksgiving

Don said...

That is what happens when employers require their employees to publish their research, but don't really help their employees do any research.

Anonymous said...

That's just what the lamestream medical literature WANTS you to think...

Kai said...

Ya don't say.

Kate McDuffee said...

The sad thing is that *someone* is actually paying to fund this "research".

Anonymous said...

"and survived the whole thing"?? As opposed to surviving parts of the thing? I thought NEJM was the pinnacle of medical publishing...

Moose said...

When I left the house at noon today THERE WAS STILL SNO ON THE GROUND AND ON MY BUMPER.

This is completely unacceptable. I demand this shit stop immediately.

Mage said...

Well, duh indeed.

Ms. Donna said...

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

Anonymous said...

People who have died of Alzheimer's Disease are even worse at driving. [citation needed]

Loki said...

The thing that scares me most about this is that I used to joke while I was working radcon that I could prove that exposure to high levels of ionizing radiation (on the order of an LD50 does) would prevent Alzheimer's Disease: Let me have two study populations and expose one of them to the LD50 dose, I guarantee there were will be far greater incidence of Alzheimer's in the unexposed group thirty or forty years on.

These studies almost suggest I could get funding for my study. Almost

-Loki

Shash said...

I guess someone has to confirm the obvious is indeed the obvious.

Sara Gasparini said...

About the NEJM article, the conclusion is a little bit different. The authors aimed to show that decompressive craniectomy enhances survival, but not good recovery. This is, I think, a valuable piece of information.

 
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