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Link: Immunologically Mediated Dementias

Although most dementias are due to neurodegenerative or vascular disease, it is important to diagnose immunologically mediated dementias quickly because they can be both rapidly progressive and readily treatable. They usually affect function of limbic and cortical structures, but subcortical involvement can also occur. Because of the variety of symptoms and the rapid course, these dementias present a particular challenge to the clinician and may require evaluation and intervention in the inpatient setting. Diagnostic workup typically reveals evidence of an autoimmune process and, in some cases, cancer. In contrast to the neurodegenerative processes, many of the immunologically mediated dementias respond to immunomodulatory therapy.

The full text can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2832614/.

Copyright © Current Neurology and Neuroscience | Authors Rosenbloom, Michael H., Sallie Smith, Gulden Akdal, and Michael D. Geschwind

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Link: Eleven hospital trusts named in DNA sequencing project

The NHS has named the first 11 hospital trusts that will map DNA on a scale never before attempted by sequencing the genomes of tens of thousands of patients, in a project that promises to transform the understanding of cancer and rare diseases.

 

The full Guardian article can be found at http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/22/hospitals-patient-dna-sequencing-project.

 

Copyright © The Guardian December 2014 | by Matthew Weaver

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Link: Evaluating Cancer Information on the Internet

This article discusses evaluating information found online for accuracy and credibility in order to ensure that patients are reviewing information relevant and valuable to their circumstances. This article discusses this topic in relation to cancer information but can be applied to other illnesses as well. To read the full text, proceed to http://www.cancer.net/research-and-advocacy/introduction-cancer-research/evaluating-cancer-information-internet?utm_source=September+2014&utm_campaign=September+2014&utm_medium=email.

The full text of this article is found at Cancer.net and was published in 2012. Copyright © 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – Cancer.Net

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