Apr 252017
 

The Role of Technology in Clinical Neuropsychology


Neuropsychology as a field has been slow to embrace and exploit the potential offered by technology to either make the assessment process more efficient or to develop new capabilities that augment the assessment of cognition. The Role of Technology in Clinical Neuropsychology details current efforts to use technology to enhance cognitive assessment with an emphasis on developing expanded capabilities for clinical assessment. The first sections of the book provide an overview of current approaches to computerized assessment along with newer technologies to assess behavior. The next series of chapters explores the use of novel technologies and approaches in cognitive assessment as they relate to developments in telemedicine, mobile health, and remote monitoring including developing smart environments. While still largely office-based, health care is increasingly moving out of the office with an increased emphasis on connecting patients with providers, and providers with other providers, remotely. Chapters also address the use of technology to enhance cognitive rehabilitation by implementing conceptually-based games to teach cognitive strategies and virtual environments to measure outcomes. Next, the chapters explore the use of virtual reality and scenario-based assessment to capture critical aspects of performance not assessed by traditional means and the implementation of neurobiological metrics to enhance patient assessment. Chapters also address the use of imaging to better define cognitive skills and assessment methods along with the integration of cognitive assessment with imaging to define the functioning of brain networks. The final section of the book discusses the ethical and methodological considerations needed for adopting advanced technologies for neuropsychological assessment. Authored by numerous leading figures in the field of neuropsychology, this volume emphasizes the critical role that virtual environments, neuroimaging, and data analytics will play as clinical neuropsychology moves forward in the future.
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Apr 252017
 

The Crf Signal: Uncovering an Information Molecule


By (author): Jay Schulkin

Information molecules, such as Cortico-Releasing Factor (CRF), are ancient and widely distributed across diverse organs, playing various regulatory roles. CRF has been associated with a range of human conditions, including fear and anxiety, social contact, and most recently, addiction – in particular the euphoric feelings associated with alcohol consumption. Since its original discovery, research has unearthed that the role of this molecule is much broader than first thought. The scientific community now knows that CRF is a dynamic and diversely widespread peptide hormone that plays many roles and has many functions, in addition to its role as a releasing factor in the brain. This book explores the role of CRF, examining the relationship between location and function. It considers recurrent features that are linked to CRF – movement and change. CRF expression in regions of the brain is tied to paying attention to novel events and invoking movement in response to those events. Indeed, CRF provokes simple organized rhythmic behavior and can be mobilized under diverse conditions, including adversity. Examining the evolutionary origins of CRH, its neural functions, and its role in a variety of human characteristics and social behaviors, this book provides unique insights into CRF, and will be of interest to students and researchers in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Biology.
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Apr 242017
 

Oxford Textbook of Neuroimaging (Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology)


Part of the Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology series, the Oxford Textbook of Neuroimaging provides an overview of the established and latest neuroimaging methodologies, and illustrates their application to the main diseases of the brain and the spinal cord including movement disorders, headache and stroke. In addition, assessments of neuroimaging techniques in both adult and paediatric neurological conditions are included, enabling thorough examples from both age groups.
This full-colour book contains 280 detailed photographs and illustrations that enable a clear understanding of each technique. Covering the newest advances, each different imagining technique is comprehensively described, providing a practical relevance and a stimulus for more in-depth readings. The print edition is supplemented with a concurrent online edition, which allows access to the full content of the textbook, contains links from the references to primary research journal articles, and provides access to figures and tables that can be downloaded by the user.
Providing a balanced state-of-the-art guide to neuroimaging for neurologists and radiologists, this title will enhance understanding of the pathophysiological basis of neurological conditions and will help set the stage for future research.
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Apr 242017
 

Oxford Textbook of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia (Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology)


An accessible, authoritative book aimed at the clinician, The Oxford Textbook of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia covers the dramatic developments that have occurred in basic and clinical neuroscience in an integrated fashion.

With contributions from a range of international experts, this is the one essential textbook for clinicians with an interest in cognition and dementia – including neurologists, geriatricians and psychiatrists.

A textbook that is more than the sum of its constituent parts, it provides a powerful means of bringing together different aspects of conceptual understanding and factual knowledge in a way that usually can only come after many years in the field.

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Apr 242017
 

Clinical Neurology 9/E


By (author): Michael Aminoff, David Greenberg, Roger Simon

Learn the key concepts of basic and clinical neurology with a unique practice-oriented approach

For more than two decades, Clinical Neurology has helped students, residents, and clinicians understand the link between basic neuroscience and current approaches in diagnosis and treatment. Distinguished by its practice-oriented approach to neurology based on the patients’ presenting symptoms, this full-color resource delivers the clearest and most efficient introduction to the field available today.

Every chapter of this edition has been updated, and in many cases nearly completely rewritten to maintain the emphasis on the practical aspects of neurology while discussing the scientific underpinnings. The Ninth Edition is also enhanced by:

  • Important new content on the neurological examination and neuroanatomy
  • An increased number of full-color illustrations
  • Chapter outlines that provide a quick overview of each topic
  • Treatment protocols that reflect the most recent advances in the field
  • An emphasis on the neurological examination and history taking as the cornerstone of diagnosis
  • References that focus on practice-changing innovations

There is no better introduction to neurology as practiced on the wards and in an outpatient setting than this time-tested classic.

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Apr 232017
 

Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)


Although some decades have passed, there are still worldwide controversies about a concept of human death on neurological grounds. There are also disagreements on the diagnostic criteria for brain death, whether clinical alone or clinical plus ancillary tests. Moreover, some scholars who were strong defenders of a brain-based standard of death are now favoring a circulatory-respiratory standard. The study of coma is extremely important because lesions of the brain are responsible for quality of life in patients or cause of death. The main goal of Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness is to provide a suitable scientific platform to discuss all topics related to human death and coma.
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Apr 232017
 

Parental Responsibility in the Context of Neuroscience and Genetics (International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine)


Should parents aim to make their children as normal as possible to increase their chances to “fit in”? Are neurological and mental health conditions a part of children’s identity and if so, should parents aim to remove or treat these? Should they aim to instill self-control in their children? Should prospective parents take steps to insure that, of all the children they could have, they choose the ones with the best likely start in life?

This volume explores all of these questions and more. Against the background of recent findings and expected advances in neuroscience and genetics, the extent and limits of parental responsibility are increasingly unclear. Awareness of the effects of parental choices on children’s wellbeing, as well as evolving norms about the moral status of children, have further increased expectations from (prospective) parents to take up and act on their changing responsibilities. 

The contributors discuss conceptual issues such as the meaning and sources of moral responsibility, normality, treatment, and identity. They also explore more practical issues such as how responsibility for children is practiced in Yoruba culture in Nigeria or how parents and health professionals in Belgium perceive the dilemmas generated by prenatal diagnosis.

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Apr 232017
 

The Brain: What Everyone Needs To Know®


By (author): Gary L. Wenk

What is the principle purpose of a brain? A simple question, but the answer has taken millennia for us to begin to understand. So critical for our everyday existence, the brain still remains somewhat of a mystery. Gary L. Wenk takes us on a tour of what we do know about this enigmatic organ, showing us how the workings of the human brain produce our thoughts, feelings, and fears, and answering questions such as: How did humans evolve such a big brain? What is an emotion and why do we have them? What is a memory and why do we forget so easily? How does your diet affect how you think and feel? What happens when your brain gets old?

Throughout human history, ignorance about the brain has caused numerous non-scientific, sometimes harmful interventions to be devised based on interpretations of scientific facts that were misguided. Wenk discusses why these neuroscientific myths are so popular, and why some of the interventions based on them are a waste of time and money. With illuminating insights, gentle humor, and welcome simplicity, The Brain: What Everyone Needs to Know® makes the complex biology of our brains accessible to the general reader.

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Apr 202017
 

Controversies in Pediatric Neurosurgery


In Controversies in Pediatric Neurosurgery, leading clinicians from around the globe present concrete advice and frank commentary on alternative options for the treatment and management of specific cranial and spinal disorders. Each succinct, easily accessible chapter addresses a different condition in a point/counterpoint format that discusses the pros and cons of the various treatment options, including surgical approaches and techniques. This highly practical, balanced coverage equips readers to make well-informed choices when selecting the most appropriate treatment modality for a particular diagnosis.

Features:


  • Lessons Learned at the end of each chapter, in which the authors summarize the debate with multiple viewpoints and carefully considered recommendations based on published evidence and their own clinical experience
  • Incisive dialogue on twenty hot topics in the field,
    including how to manage arachnoid cysts, craniosynostosis, tethered cord,
    hydrocephalus, chiari malformations, epilepsy, aneurysms, and more
  • Clinical and personal insights from international
    contributors on the variability of surgical training, experience, and
    available resources in different parts of the world
  • Guidance on how to discuss treatment options and
    strategies to patients and their families This book is essential reading for
    every clinician, resident, or fellow who needs a firm understanding of the
    most controversial issues in pediatric neurosurgery to be able to make the
    best decision for the appropriate treatment option for patients in their care.
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Apr 202017
 

Controversies in Neurosurgery II


This book is organized and well written; it will
make an excellent addition to any personal, medical, or hospital library
collection. —
Otology & Neurotology


Controversies in Neurosurgery II reflects real-world situations
where multiple treatment options are often considered for difficult
neurosurgical cases. Each chapter begins with an opening case in which experts
describe the pros and cons of different treatment methodologies and operative
techniques, helping neurosurgeons select the best treatment plan for individual
patients in their practice. It is informed with the expertise of more than 100
of the world’s preeminent neurosurgeons.

Key features:

  • Experts from all over the world offer
    their opinions on more than 20 controversial “hot” topics in neurosurgery,
    including a discussion about whether transcranial or endoscopic approaches are
    the better option for resecting colloid cysts and a lively debate about
    the optimal treatment of giant ophthalmic artery aneurysms
  • All
    treatment options are presented concisely in one volume, so that
    neurosurgeons don’t have to spend time consulting other sources
  • The
    moderators’ conclusion at the end of each chapter explains the scientific
    evidence about the case and synthesizes the views presented

Controversies in
Neurosurgery II
will be treasured by neurosurgeons and neurosurgery residents as
well as by neurologists and neuroradiologists and will be a key volume in their
medical libraries for years to come.

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