Research includes impact of body weight on migraine risk, effect of sleep on MS relapse, and side effects of statins in stroke survivors.
Three new studies in three major neurologic disorders â stroke, multiple sclerosis, and migraine â include: most stroke survivors follow their doctors' advice, but some stop taking medications due to side effects; sleep disturbance might trigger an acute exacerbation of MS; and both too much and too little weight may increase the risk of migraine.
Stroke Patients Need Advice on Side Effects Abstract link.
Side effects of secondary prevention medications â statins, in particular -- cause anxiety and resentment in some stroke patients, and their concerns are not always addressed by clinicians.
Clinicians should consider educating stroke patients in advance about side effects and the potential need of several attempts to find suitable treatment, and also offer a follow-up visit after medication changes, in particular for statins.
Poor Sleep May Trigger MS Relapse Abstract link.
Routine screening of sleep disorders in MS patients may be warranted since treatment of sleep disorders might decrease the risk of acute relapses.
Body Composition Influences Migraine Risk Abstract link.
Since both obesity and being underweight are potentially modifiable risk factors for migraine, clinicians should be more aware of the body weight of their migraine patients.