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Stories of Hope: Naema

Bindi Parikh, MD, Neurology Resident, University of Minnesota Christine Yeager, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota Section Editor Lauren Koffman, DO, MS One Thursday, amidst the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Naema had been working from home as a...


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Burden of Neurological Disorders in Adult Intensive Care Unit in Bahrain: Five Years’ Experience

By Sana Alkhawaja, MD, CABEM; Nehad Al Shirawi, MD, MRCP; Hasan Mohammed Naser, MBBS, Najat S. Hameed Naser, RN; Asrar A. Majeed Al Asheeri, RN; Redha Abdulla Al Hammam, RN; Amina Maki Husain, RN The Kingdom of Bahrain, home of the ancient Dilmun civilization, is a Middle Eastern island...


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What Did We Do? Was it Unwise to Ban Family from the ICU?

By Peter J Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FAARC, FNIV During the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, critical care practitioners throughout the United States and the world were instructed by health agencies, government leaders and hospital administration to ban family members from visiting critically ill...


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Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy: Same Particle, Different Wave

By Kia Ghiassi, Department of Neurology, Missouri University, Columbia Missouri; Jesyree Veitia, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela; and Francisco Gomez, Department of Neurology, Missouri University, Columbia Missouri Adequate cerebral blood flow (CBF) is a key component in...


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What is Open Access (OA) Publishing and Why Should I Care?

By Michael Diringer, MD The financial infrastructure for scientific publishing is being completely transformed by a desire to ensure that scientific knowledge is freely accessible to all. The power behind this transformation resides with those who fund research; they are insisting that...


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The Great Political Divide in Medicine

By Jamie Nicole LaBuzetta, MD, MSc, MPhil, Division of Neurocritical Care,Department of Neurosciences, UC San Diego Health In the early 1990s, most physicians were Republicans. Three decades later, the demographic composition of the medical workforce has shifted 1, 2 , and so has the overall...


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INCC on DEI: A Look at the Inequities in Medicine First Requires a Good Look at Ourselves

By Tommy T. Thomas, MD, PhD; Ebonye Green MNSc, ACNPC-AC, CNRN, SCRN, APRN; Deepa Malaiyandi, MD and Hana Nobleza, MD Some of us watched the videos. A doctor’s cry for help from the very medical establishment to which she belongs. A CEO expresses contrition by saying that there were ...


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COVID-19 and Racial Justice

By Starane Shepherd, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL Over the last year of this pandemic, I have taken care of a large number of patients with COVID-19 infections in our neurocritical care unit. At the height of the surge in Chicago, our unit...


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Inhalational Anesthetics in Patients with Refractory Status Epilepticus

By Matilda Dervisevic 1 , Chetan Sateesh Nayak 2 and Francisco Gomez 3 1 Univeristy of Missouri Medical School 2 Department of Neurology, University of Missouri 3 Department of Neurology, University of Missouri Refractory status epilepticus (RSE) is a condition in which there is...


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Emotional Support of Neurocritical Care Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Stephen A. Trevick, MD, Northwest Neurology, IL The emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt throughout society for months and years to come. This impact will come in many guises and patterns throughout medicine and certainly in the acute care of neurocritical care patients....