March 2015


In this Issue

Fresh Thinking

New findings and updated approaches to headaches, gene testing, sleep, and more.



Helping Patients Navigate Barriers To Diagnostic Testing For Neurological Disorders

Discoveries based on the human genome have yielded greater insights about the role of genetics in disease. New diagnostic tests can help clinicians accurately diagnose a disorder and get the patient on an effective treatment plan more quickly than ever before.

By Joseph Higgins, MD

Out With the Old, In With (Mostly) the Old

Recent changes to the acute migraine guidelines were more subtle than sweeping.

By Zac Haughn, Senior Associate Editor

Vascular Cognitive Impairment, Part 2

Cognitive impairment after acute stroke is likely under-appreciated despite its impact.

By Alicia M. Zha, MD and Brendan J. Kelley, MD

Belsomra: A First Look

Sleep medicine’s newest addition has a novel mechanism and an undecided future.

By Zac Haughn, Senior Associate Editor

Your Attention, Please: ADHD Linked With Epilepsy

New research shows adult epilepsy patients report ADHD at higher rates than the general public. How does this affect seizure control?

With Alan Ettinger, MD



Antiepileptic Drug Selection and Impact on Vascular Risk Factors

Long-term effects of AEDs on vascular risk factors often go under recognized. Here’s what you should know.

By Michelle Dougherty, MD

Bring The Noise: Stochastic Vestibular Stimulation

Researchers have shown that a weak electric “noise” can improve balance and motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s.

A Q&A with Filip Bergquist, MD, PhD

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About Practical Neurology

Launched in 2002, Practical Neurology is a publication uniquely dedicated to presenting current approaches to patient management, synthesis of emerging research and data, and analysis of industry news with a goal to facilitate practical application and improved clinical practice for all neurologists. Our straightforward articles give neurologists tools they can immediately put into practice.