Neurologists typically see what they will call run-of-the-mill stuff. These are cases they don’t typically struggle too hard to make a diagnosis or to treat. These common cases don’t really keep us on our toes. No, what gets neurologists bristling, we admit, are the esoteric diseases. We are thrilled when we sniff a rarity in the air. We develop goosebumps when we think… Read More What are the most perplexing diseases that excite neurologists?
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a progressive untreatable condition. It causes the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain to shrink and it manifests as a behavioural disorder or with speech difficulties. I was unaware of any mimics of FTD (differential diagnoses) that were not equally untreatable. I was therefore surprised by this article in Neurology which reported 8 patients… Read More Fronto-temporal brain sagging syndrome
The brain is a mystery and that is why neurologists find it fascinating. The more we know, the more it tantalises us with its hidden gems. Great neurologists have waxed lyrical about the ability of the brain to elude all efforts to fully understand it. Santiago Ramon y Cajal for instance says: “The brain is a… Read More 6 exciting neuroscience discoveries that will shape neurology
This is the age of rapidly advancing technology. Blink, and the scene changes unrecognisably. It would be unbelievable if we weren’t actually living it. What technological advances will impact Neurology in the near future? Here are my top 10 neurology-impacting technologies. 1. Nanotechnology to deliver clot-busting drugs Clot-busting or thrombolysis is life saving treatment… Read More 10 remarkable breakthroughs that will change neurology
I find creativity an exciting topic; don’t we all wish we were that bit more insightful! I have already posted on creativity and mental health, and I have reviewed may books that explore innovation in my other blog, The Doctor’s Bookshelf. But I offer no apology for my obsession with the subject- what can better genius after all? This post was… Read More Autism and creativity
IgLON5 antibody syndrome first came to my attention in a paper from Lancet Neurology titled A novel non-rapid-eye movement and rapid-eye-movement parasomnia with sleep breathing disorder associated with antibodies to IgLON5. A passing phenomenon I thought, but added it to neurochecklists anyway. I then came across another paper in Neurology 2015 expanding the phenotype titled Sleep disorder, chorea, and dementia associated… Read More IgLON5: a new antibody disorder for neurologists
Brain tumours are among the most distressing of cancers, partly because of they arise from the most important body organ. Current treatment revolves around debulking surgery and palliative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There are developments every day to improve the outcome of this awful cancer, beyond the Below are 5 things that may, or may not,… Read More Maggots, viruses and lasers: some innovations for brain tumours