First Choice Neurology

National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and American Stroke Month. Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death, but you can control several risk factors for stroke. It is important to know that stroke is 80% preventable. Are …

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Dr. Antonio Mesa Implements the Vertiflex Procedure for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Are you suffering from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)? Do simple activities such as walking or standing become burdensome? Patients have found relief from the revolutionary, minimally invasive Vertiflex procedure performed by Dr. Antonio Mesa. The Vertiflex Procedure is clinically proven to provide effective long-term relief from the pain associated with LSS. The procedure is backed …

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March is Sleep Awareness Month

March is National Sleep Awareness Month. We all need sleep, but many of us are not getting enough of it. Research shows that lack of sleep, on a regular basis, may have long-term health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and obesity. A good diet and exercise help to maintain good health, …

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Medicare to Restrict Coverage of Anti-Amyloid Antibody Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

By Jeffrey Gelblum, MD As a practicing neurologist with over 25 years’ experience treating Alzheimer’s disease, I strongly oppose the proposed intention of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to restrict coverage of anti-amyloid antibody therapy only those patients who must participate in an approved hospital-based clinical trial (Coverage with Evidence Development, CED). This …

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What You Need to Know About the Rapidly Spreading Omicron Variant

Omicron (B.1.1.529) is now in most states and is rapidly increasing the number of COVID-19 cases. The CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. According to the CDC, about 73% of the new COVID cases in the U.S. are caused …

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World Alzheimer’s Day: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and the Brain

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate to create awareness about the disease and to reduce the stigmatization and lack of information surrounding dementia. While World Alzheimer’s Month offers a longer period of time for Alzheimer’s or dementia associations worldwide to raise awareness, World Alzheimer’s Day marks the focal point of the …

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Biogen Offering Free Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm to Patients

Biogen is providing its new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm free to some patients because of slow reviews by Medicare. There is a division among doctors about whether Aduhelm, also known as aducanumab, the $56,000-a-year drug helps patients. There is also uncertainty about reimbursement from Medicare. Aduhelm was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …

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