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New research and clinical trials yield frequent developments in neuroscience and mental health. ReachMD welcomes an array of leading thinkers who lend their focused expertise to these principles, central to human function and ability.


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New research and clinical trials yield frequent developments in neuroscience and mental health. ReachMD welcomes an array of leading thinkers who lend their focused expertise to these principles, central to human function and ability.




Importance & Benefits of Early Diagnosis

Host: Marc E. Agronin, MD Guest: Richard S. Isaacson, MD This series of bite-sized episodes contains important information you need to navigate the evolving world of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. Dr. Marc Agronin and Dr. Richard Isaacson discuss the recent advances in AD and provide practical approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.


M.S. Perceptions: Candid HCP/Patient Clinical Conversations About MS

Host: Barry A. Singer, MD Patients living with MS can experience hidden or invisible symptoms that may not be apparent to others but can affect how they feel and function. In this podcast, Dr. Barry Singer, the Director at the Multiple Sclerosis Center for Innovations in Care, and Rosario, a patient who has been living with MS for 10 years, discuss their clinical and personal experiences with MS, and the impact that MS can have on a patient's QoL. In the 2-year AFFIRM pivotal trial:...


Alzheimer’s Disease: Tools for Early Diagnosis

Host: Richard S. Isaacson, MD Guest: Michael Weiner, MD Are you familiar with available and developing tools for assessing Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? Correctly using these tools can lead to a vital earlier diagnosis which can improve outcomes for our patients. Tune in to hear Dr. Richard Isaacson and Dr. Michael Weiner take us through some of these assessment tools and they ways in which they can help us reach a true diagnosis of AD.


MSperceptions: Candid HCP/Patient Clinical Conversations about MS

Host: Jacqueline Nicholas, MD, MPH Ever had a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient who needed to start a DMT? Listen to Dr. Jacqueline Nicholas, System Chief of Neuroimmunology and Director of MS Research at Ohio Health, and Kim, a patient who has been living with MS for seven years, share their experiences with the treatment decision process, including benefit-risk considerations, treatment goals, and patient preferences. They talk about the process for starting and continuing treatment with...


Closing Gaps in the Recognition & Detection of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C

Guest: Caroline Hastings, MD Guest: Raymond Y. Wang, MD Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is an ultra-rare, inherited, neurodegenerative disease with life-threatening complications. Due to its highly variable onset of neurological symptoms throughout one’s lifespan, recognizing and establishing diagnosis for NPC can be challenging for any clinician. That’s why Drs. Caroline Hastings and Raymond Y. Wang join Dr. Jennifer Caudle to help address those challenges with a detailed look at this...


Staying Ahead of Progression in RMS

Guest: Timothy William West, MD Here to discuss staying ahead of progression in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) is Dr. Timothy William West. Dr. West walks us through pathophysiological changes in progressing RMS patients, a patient case demonstrating why patients may experience increasing disability, and key data on MAYZENT®(siponimod), the first and only oral disease-modifying therapy studied and proven to delay disability progression in a more progressed RMS patient...


Investigating the Adoption of Behavioral Health Integration

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Kathleen Blake, MD, MPH Guest: Peggy Chen, MD Behavioral health integration has proven to be an effective solution to improving access to treatment for many mental health conditions… So why is it not more prevalent in the medical community? Joining Dr. Jennifer Caudle to dive into the findings and implications of the joint AMA-RAND Corporation study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine are Dr. Kathleen Blake with the AMA and Dr. Peggy Chen from the RAND Corporation. And, click here to listen to a conversation regarding Behavioral Health Integration and its effect on clinical practice.

Bipolar Disorder: Pathophysiology and Comorbidities

Guest: Andrew Cutler, MD In Chapter 1 of this three-part series that’s designed to help increase the awareness and understanding of the pathophysicology and comorbidities in patients with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, Dr. Cutler explores the pathophysicology and some comorbidities in patients with bipolar disorder. This is an informational non-CME program sponsored by Alkermes, Inc. ALKERMES® is a registered trademark of Alkermes, Inc. KEEP THE BODY IN MIND® is a registered service...

Schizophrenia: Pathophysiology and Comorbidities

Guest: Andrew Cutler, MD Take a closer look at the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and a range of physical comorbidities with Dr. Cutler in Chapter 2 of this three-part series for the “Keep the Body in Mind” initiative. This is an informational non-CME program sponsored by Alkermes, Inc. ALKERMES® is a registered trademark of Alkermes, Inc. KEEP THE BODY IN MIND® is a registered service mark of Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited, used by Alkermes, Inc., under license. ©2020 Alkermes, Inc. All...

Opportunities to Manage the Whole Patient with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia

Guest: Andrew Cutler, MD In the third and final chapter of this series for the “Keep the Body in Mind” initiative, Dr. Cutler discusses strategies that could improve care for patients with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and talks about recommendations for evaluating and monitoring health conditions. This is an informational non-CME program sponsored by Alkermes, Inc. ALKERMES® is a registered trademark of Alkermes, Inc. KEEP THE BODY IN MIND® is a registered service mark of Alkermes...

Keys to Avoiding an Adrenoleukodystrophy Misdiagnosis

Host: Mario R. Nacinovich, Jr., MSc Guest: Paul Orchard, MD Although it only affects about one in 18,000 people, the impacts of adrenoleukodystrophy cannot be underestimated. That’s why Dr. Paul Orchard joins Mario Nacinovich to talk about this rare—and fatal—genetic disease, why it’s often underdiagnosed and confused with other conditions, and how we can treat it once we’ve reached an accurate diagnosis.


Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Disorders: Is It Ready for Primetime?

Host: Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP Guest: James B, Potash, MD, MPH Psychopharmacology is the study of genetic variations to pinpoint more effective personalized treatments for psychiatric disorders. But with clinicians, industry heads, insurance providers, and regulating agencies all weighing in on this practice and forming varying opinions, what’s the best way to move forward? Here to answer that question and others with Dr. Mimi Secor is Dr. James Potash, a Professor of Psychiatry and...


Strategies for Success: Exercising Our Mental Muscle

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Kisma Orbovich Improvement is something we’re all constantly chasing, whether it’s in the form of a promotion, a bigger house, or maybe even an ideal weight. So why do we often fail miserably at these attempts to make our lives better? To get to the bottom of this dilemma, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Kisma Orbovich, the CEO of Illumination Academy, to reveal the secret to true success and how gratitude may just be the lifehack we’ve been searching for.


The Lasting Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Fighting the Lifelong Battle

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Teresa Gil, PhD Since about 21 million mothers in America experienced sexual abuse in their childhood, there’s a good chance that some of these women are our patients. So as their physicians, how can we provide them with the best possible care as they continue to cope with the lifelong effects of sexual abuse? That’s what Dr. Brian McDonough explores with Dr. Teresa Gil, author of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation.


Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

Host: Patricia K. Coyle, MD Guest: Clyde E. Markowitz, MD Please note: This activity is no longer available for continuing education credit. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. As the treatment armamentarium continues to grow, patient involvement in the development of an effective treatment strategy is becoming increasingly important. In this Clinical ExchangesSM activity, leading MS specialists discuss issues of diagnosing MS, initiating treatment, and switching therapies, all in the context of practical shared decision-making techniques demonstrated by their own patients.


Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: The Challenge of Healing After a Headshot

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD, FACP, FAAN Even with quick thinking and timely action, the chances of a neurosurgeon being able to do more than taking out the bullet, administering antibiotics, and stopping the bleeding isn’t likely, and surviving a bullet to the brain can unfortunately be just the beginning of a patient’s struggles. Focusing on the title story of his book Bullets and Brains, Dr. Andrew Wilner discusses the serious aftermath congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords experienced while recovering from a headshot.


Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: Houston, We Have a (Health) Problem

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD, FACP, FAAN As a follow-up to the Microgravity: A New Risk Factor for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension essay he wrote back in 2012, Dr. Andrew Wilner investigates whether there have been any updates on the 27 astronauts who had significant microgravity exposure.


Clinical Perspectives on Pregnancy and MS Patients

Host: Shiv Saidha, MBBCh, MD, MRCPI Guest: Jiwon Oh, MD Guest: Kerstin Hellwig, MD Pregnancy is a major point of discussion for all women of child-bearing age, and when you factor in diseases like multiple sclerosis, it only further complicates matters. Hear from experts Dr. Kerstin Hellwig, Dr. Jiwon Oh, and Dr. Shiv Saidha about their approach to managing MS patients before, during, and after pregnancy.


Improving Quality of Life for MS Patients Beyond the Exam Room: Strategies to Slow Disease Progression at Home

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Jaume Sastre-Garriga, MD, PhD On this episode of On the Frontlines of Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Jaume Sastre-Garriga, clinical neurologist and professor at the MS Center of Catalonia, joins Dr. Jennifer Caudle to provide recommended approaches for improving quality of life and slowing disease progression in patients with multiple sclerosis after they leave the exam room. This program has been brought to you through an independent educational grant from...


Delirium: The Hidden Disorder Plaguing ICU Patients

Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Wes Ely, MD, MPH After surviving a critical illness, many patients look forward to their lives returning to normal, but unfortunately, that’s not always possible. To uncover the far-reaching impacts of delirium, Dr. Matt Birnholz is joined by Dr. Wes Ely, Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship Center at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine which focuses on improving the lives and care of patients in the intensive care unit to ensure both physical and cognitive rehabilitation.