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Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, provides an overview of metagenomics next-generation sequencing (mNGS), a clinical test he and his UCSF colleagues have developed that allows millions of DNA sequences to be decoded from a single clinical sample.
Despite extensive conventional testing, acute neurological illness in hospitalized patients is difficult to diagnose. Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, discusses an mNGS test that identifies pathogens causing neurological infections from cerebrospinal ...
Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, discusses cases where mNGS testing saved the life of a patient with undiagnosed neuroleptospirosis, and spared another patient from a potentially unnecessary liver transplant.
An in-depth look at the many medication options for patients with epilepsy, addressing safety issues such as driving, the success of surgery when meds don’t work, and other options, from thalamus stimulation and RNS to ketogenic diets for kids and adults.
Learn the latest thinking on MS and the genetic and environmental causes, preventing nerve loss in the brain and elsewhere, the role of vitamin D and UV exposure, breakthroughs on the horizon, and other inflammatory diseases like sarcoidosis.
Our headache expert summarizes, simplifies and lists on-screen the primary headaches defined by the International Classification of Headache Disorders, including migraine, tension-type, cluster, and exertional headache, and introduces three case studies.
Here’s a guide to secondary headaches caused by trauma, infection, intercranial pressure, and more, including red flags for when to investigate further. Headaches related to vascular disorders, for example, can be dangerous and require early diagnosis.
Learn how migraines begin and develop in the brain and how various treatments – from antiepileptics and triptans to beta blockers and botox – can prevent or relieve pain at different stages. Also: strategies for weaning patients off medication overuse.
See the latest treatments for migraines (some not on the market yet), including lasmaditan (a serotonin 1F receptor agonist), DHE via inhalation and medicines to block CGRP. Plus: infusions for refractory headaches, intractable primary headaches and more.
Explore three case studies: An overscheduled high school student with menstrual headaches, a tech company CEO with daily headaches and medication overuse, and a man in his 60s with limited treatment options due to diabetes and other health concerns.
UCSF was the first in the world to provide metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) as a clinical test for diagnosis of neurological infections.
The role of minimally invasive skull base surgery is expanding in the management and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the paranasal sinuses, skull base and intracranial compartment.
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