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How to make an environment, lifestyle conducive to rest

August 18, 2013

Supposedly, the position in which one sleeps can reveal a lot about one's personality. This might or might not be true, but it's fun fodder for magazine columns and email forwards. What's less discussed is how one's sleep position can affect one's sleep quality.

"We know sleeping on the back, what we call supine position, can make snoring and sleep apnea worse. If one sleeps on side, snoring or sleep apnea will be better," said Munish Goyal, an assistant professor of clinical neurology and sleep medicine at the University of Missouri.

[Read more at the Columbia Tribune web site.]


Though common, headaches can be surprisingly complicated 

Interview with Drs. Singh and French by Caroline Dohack  

July 21, 2013

In the grand scheme of possible maladies, a little headache might not seem like much. Certainly, they’re common enough; almost half of the American population experiences some type of headache in a year, according to the National Headache Foundation.

But neurologists say there’s a bit more to the throbbing, splitting or aching feeling that permeates your skull from time to time. In many instances they’re indicative of other problems, and sometimes they beget a few new problems of their own. 

[Read more at the Columbia Tribune web site.]


Rishi Sharma Receives 2013 People's Choice Award at 3rd Annual VA Research Day

for his poster, "Sleep Disruption Following Single Episode of Binge Ethanol Drinking Involves Altered Sleep Homeostasis".

June 12, 2013

Binge-drinking rats, hospital-acquired infections and mice with PTSD: These are the subjects of the winning posters in the 3rd annual VA Research Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Medical Research. In the first category, Young Investigator, panels of judges listened while young investigators explained their research in laymen terms, then scored each presenter.

The 2013 People's Choice Award went to Dr. Rishi Sharma for his poster, "Sleep Disruption Following Single Episode of Binge Ethanol Drinking Involves Altered Sleep Homeostasis". Dr. Sharma also works with Dr. Mahesh Thakkar at Truman VA Medical Center, and both share their appointments with MU Neurology.

 [Read More Here]

 

Video: Ashish Nanda Discusses Acute Stroke Intervention

June 6, 2013

 

School of Medicine Dean's Awards

May 1 & 2, 2013

Employees and students throughout our health system submitted a total of 95 posters, sharing their innovations and improvement initiatives. The posters were displayed at various facilities May 1 and May 2. Les Hall, MD, interim dean of the School of Medicine, presented an award for "Pre-hospital Notification and En Route Labs Draw for Acute Ischemic Stroke Reduces Door-to-Decision-Making Time" by Ashish Nanda, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Radiology; Niranjan Singh, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology; Gulshan Uppal, MD, resident physician; Pradeep Sahota, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology, Divyajot Sandhu, MD, resident physician; Jami Beezley, RN, Nurse Supervisor; Jason Kern, medical student; and Michael Ruff, medical student.

 [Read More Here]

 

Ashish Nanda Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha

April 2, 2013

Congratulations to Ashish Nanda of the Department of Neurology on his election to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Other new inductees at the University of Missouri include Randall Floyd (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health), and residents/fellows Sivakumar Ardhanari (Department of Internal Medicine) and Maya Moody (Department of Child Health).

 

Passion for Research

Omar Taranissi is learning what it means to be a researcher

January 18, 2013

Omar Taranissi has always been a fan of science.

During his senior year of high school, an instructor noticed Taranissi’s passion for research and suggested he become involved in the undergraduate research program at Mizzou. After contacting a few professors, Taranissi reached out to Mahesh Thakkar.

“Dr. Thakkar took me under his wing right away and, nearly a year and a half later, I am still working for him,” said Taranissi, who specializes in neurology with an emphasis on sleep and sleep disorders.

Currently, he is working with Thakkar to explore the molecular mechanisms that govern post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD).

 [Read More Here]


A Quantum Leap in Gene Therapy of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

New research from Dongsheng Duan in affiliation with the Department of Neurology

January 15, 2013

Usually, results from a new study help scientists inch their way toward an answer whether they are battling a health problem or are on the verge of a technological breakthrough. Once in a while, those results give them a giant leap forward.  In a preliminary study in a canine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), University of Missouri scientists showed exactly such a leap using gene therapy to treat muscular dystrophy.  The results of the study will be published in the journal Molecular Therapy on Jan. 15, 2013. [Read More Here]

 

MU Sleep Disorders Center Receives Full Accreditation

December 27, 2012

The MU Sleep Disorders Center has received full accreditation for a period of 5 years -- until January of 2018. The accreditation was through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Criteria examined by the AASM included credentials of faculty, credentials of technology staff, and patient mix. As a result of this accreditation, patients can be assured of quality care delivered by high-caliber faculty and staff, as well as state of the art services for our community, patients, and community education.

 

University Hospital Honored

December 6, 2012

In October, University Hospital received national recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for the quality of care it provides to stroke patients.

The 2012 Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award recognizes the highest distinction possible from Get With the Guidelines, a national hospital quality improvement program. University Hospital has now won the award two years in a row.

 

Hospital Honored for Stroke Program

November 29, 2012

This month, University Hospital was named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Honor Roll. The hospital was honored for its ability to help stroke patients recover.

To treat them, University Hospital uses a multidisciplinary team from several different departments, including neurology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, cardiology and emergency services.

“We are very proud of being named to this prestigious list for a second time,” said Niranjan Singh, a neurologist and director of University Hospital’s stroke program. 

“It recognizes our commitment and achievement in providing a higher standard of care for our ischemic stroke patients,” he said.

 

MU Researchers Hone Possible Stroke Treatment

Zezong Gu, Assistant Professor of Pathology, and his team have developed a drug that could delay the onset of some strokes.

The June, 2012 story has been covered by the Associated Press and is available on the Fox Channel 2 in St. Louis web site: MU Researchers Hone Possible Stroke Treatment.

 

Missouri Stroke Program on Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

Niranjan Singh discusses the signs of stroke and what to do in case of a stroke. 

 

MU Neurologist Receives National Award for Innovation in Education

Lardizabal recognized for developing simulation training and online teaching tools

A University of Missouri neurologist is being recognized for his innovation as a teacher. David Lardizabal, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the MU School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2012 Clerkship Directors Innovation Award from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

Lardizabal is receiving the honor for his development of online teaching tools and simulation training for neurology education. He received the award on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the AAN Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

The AAN Neurology Clerkship Directors Innovation Award is intended to acknowledge innovation and creativity in neurology clerkship directors. According to the AAN, many directors have developed unique tools and instruments to teach medical students, assess knowledge and benchmark progress.

In his letter of support for the award nomination, Pradeep Sahota, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the MU School of Medicine, said Lardizabal’s innovative approach to teaching has “truly changed the face of neurology clerkship.”

“The new educational tools and methods he developed have led to an increased evaluation rating for our neurology clerkship and increased examination scores for neurology tests,” Sahota said. 

Also supporting Lardizabal’s nomination was fourth-year medical student Ryan Matthews. In her letter, Matthews called Lardizabal an inspiration.

“Quite simply, Dr. Lardizabal has made the intricacies of neurology a tangible and accessible science for the medical students at the University of Missouri,” Matthews said. “He has done so with thoughtful development and utilization of many tools, be they traditional or cutting-edge.”

Lardizabal has served as director of the neurology clerkship at the MU School of Medicine since 2010. He was the associate director from 2009 to 2010.

 

Epilepsy program receives top care designation

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Missouri Epilepsy Program at University of Missouri Health Care has been designated a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 epilepsy centers provide the highest levels of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Levels of epilepsy care have been developed by the NAEC as a tool for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of specialized programs. A fourth-level center must provide the more complex forms of intensive neuro-diagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatments. Fourth-level centers also offer complete evaluation and treatment programs for epilepsy, including intracranial electrodes for detecting the exact location of epilepsy in the brain. They also provide a broad range of options for treating epilepsy such as medical and surgical procedures.

“We’re honored that our center is being recognized for the care we provide our patients,” said David Lardizabal, MD, a neurologist and director of the Missouri Epilepsy Program. “Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, affecting approximately three million Americans. Yet many myths and misconceptions hinder understanding, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. To be recognized as a leader in epilepsy care is a great distinction.”

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder characterized by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that affects how a person feels or acts for a short period of time. Seizures are a symptom of epilepsy. The Missouri Epilepsy Program includes a multidisciplinary team comprised of neurologists, a psychiatrist, a neuropsychologist, a social worker and several diagnostic specialists. It offers patients convenience and accessibility in diagnosing and treating the disease.

“Having this interdisciplinary group of specialists working together allows us to diagnose and manage the patient holistically,” said Lardizabal. “And now, as a Level 4 center, we have achieved a ranking equal to that of the top academic medical centers in the country for our epilepsy program.”

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