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Stories of Hope: Christopher

There was a trail of blood around the house that led to the basement. He recalls pacing back and forth, trying to take care of a wound. He had blacked out at some point, but he remembers his dog vigorously licking him to get up and answer the door. Christopher’s memory and speech still aren...


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Share Your Stories of Hope

The Currents Editorial Board is seeking Stories of Hope submissions for 2020. Stories of Hope tells the stories of patients who have fought their way to recovery and the experiences of their family and/or medical providers. By sharing these stories, we remind each other of what we are all...


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Stories of Hope: Aaron

Emily Grodinsky, MD (left), Edith Graham, MD Neurology Residents (center), David Walker, MD (center), Lauren Koffman, DO, MS Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences (right) Aaron Smith is the kind of guy you want to be around. He is 20 years old, with maturity and wisdom beyond...


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An Interview with Dr. Cherylee Chang

By Jody Manners Dr. Cherylee Chang was born on Kauai, Hawaii and raised in Los Angeles from an early age. She graduated from Stanford University and completed medical school and her internship year at the University of California at San Diego. She returned to Stanford for her neurology...


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A Stroke Awareness Campaign in Kuwait

By Amr A. Akl, BMSc, Medical Student, Kuwait University (left); Brouj Miskin, BMSc, Medical Student and Biomedical Sciences MSc Student, Kuwait University (center); Azzah A. Alrashidi, BMSc, Medical Student, Kuwait University (center); Hamad J. AlKhader, BMSc, Medical Student, Kuwait...


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Neurocritical Units Partner with First Responders

By P.J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, Director Critical Care Medicine University of Rochester and police surgeon for the New York State Police It should be the goal of every neurocritical care unit to provide community health education in conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injury....


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Pharmacologic Neurostimulant Therapy in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury – Should the Seizure Risk Preclude Therapy?

By Megan E. Barra, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Brian L. Edlow, MD The efficacy of pharmacologic stimulant therapy in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) was demonstrated in a 2012 randomized controlled trial that provided Level I evidence for using amantadine to accelerate subacute...


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Tech Corner: Continuous Simultaneous Intracranial Pressure Monitoring and Cerebral Spinal Fluid Drainage

By: (from left to right) Sydney Moseley, MD, Hussein Alshammari, MD, Scott Woolf, DO, Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD 1 1 Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College The authors have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to the...


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Reversal of Factor Xa Inhibitors: Prothrombin Complex Concentrates or Andexanet?

By: Danielle Marut, PharmD (left), Jessica Traeger, PharmD, BCCCP (right) The use of oral factor Xa inhibitors, including rivaroxaban and apixaban, has increased over the last several years. Historically, strategies for the treatment of bleeding patients taking these agents included...


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Neurocritical Care in Erbil, Iraq

By Bnar Shawki, MD, MBChB, F.I.C.M.S, FIPP, Head of Anesthesia Department in RozhHalat Emergency Hospital, Erbil, Iraq (left); Firas Abdulmajeed, MBChB, Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Neurology, University of Pittsburgh, USA (right) The population of Iraq is 37,203,000,...