Gary Cordingley earned an MD as well as a PhD in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and in neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. After a pharmacology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, he opened a practice of general neurology in Athens, Ohio. He also teaches at Ohio University. His articles about neuroscience, neurology and medical history have appeared in numerous publications.
Hydrocephalus is a treatable cause of chronic confusion in older adults. However, the treatment itself carries risk, and deciding which cases to treat remains difficult.
People with frequent headaches sometimes find themselves in a vicious cycle of experiencing more and more pain while taking more and more painkillers. Fortunately, the cycle can be broken.
While pleasing their shareholders, drug companies conduct business in ways that can adversely affect patients.
Stroke victims can take steps to reduce the chances of a second attack.
Medical tests are valuable in diagnosing illnesses and monitoring treatments. However, used unwisely, they can cause more harm than good.
Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made a convincing case that an unconventional form of stroke rehabilitation is the real thing.
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William Keen, M.D., diagnosed and described a case of "Horner's syndrome" -- a cause of unequal pupils -- in an injured Civil War soldier five years before Johann Friedrich Horner rediscovered the con...
In many cases of head injury, dangerous blood clots (hematomas) form on the brain's surface. They must be identified and removed in order to minimize brain damage.
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Alzheimer's disease is not the only cause of memory loss and confusion. Sometimes the source of mental impairment can even be cured. Every person with dementia deserves a thoughtful and thorough medic...
Here is one doctor's take on what physicians need to do to improve their services.
Strokes are like Rodney Dangerfield--they just don't get any respect. Odd, considering that for the usual stroke victim, it's the most serious illness of their life.
Aphasia is like a foreign language for which there is no translation. Often due to a stroke, aphasia interferes with communication. It can affect comprehension of words, expression of words, or both.