This is just a quick post on a recent paper in Lancet Neurology which looked at the potential benefit of Riluzole in the treatment of cerebellar ataxia. Neurologist know Riluzole very well. It is the only drug that has even the slightest hint of slowing down the dreadful motor neurone disease (MND). It is however fraught… Read More Will Riluzole really be good for cerebellar ataxia?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) looms large in neurology. As I try to make sense of developments in this field, I am struck by the large number of curious reports emerging all around it. I thought I had covered this comprehensively in my previous blogs, PD-a few curious things and Bee venom acupuncture for PD. On the contrary it looks like I opened a can of… Read More 13 unexpected and unusual reports about Parkinson’s disease
This is a quick post to highlight the association of minocycline and neuropathy. This comes from an article in Neurology titled Vasculitic neuropathy following exposure to minocycline. Minocycline is an antibiotic commonly used in the treatment of acne. Vasculitic neuropathy on the other hand is as bad as neuropathies come-in the cases reported here, one developed stroke,… Read More Minocycline-induced vasculitic neuropathy
I am casting my sight on the scourge of millions around the world-migraine. This post is a prelude to a piece I am working on titled How is migraine research soothing the pain of neurology? In doing this, I came across a few curiosities which I thought would do nicely as a separate post. Therefore, before the real stuff, here are 8… Read More Migraine and its strange and surprising associations
Multiple sclerosis (MS) takes a large chunk of neurological practice. This is not only because it is common, but also because of its devastating impact. It predominantly affects the young, and deals a blow that reverberates through the wider family and society. This is why it is a top priority in neurology. A lot however remains… Read More The emerging progress from the world of MS
Motor neurone disease (MND) is, to say the least, dreadful. It also doesn’t help that the terminology neurologists use adds to the distress. West of the Atlantic, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) means MND but goes eastwards and it is only a subtype of MND. Thankfully, for most Americans at least, there is no confusion; it is simply Lou… Read More Is neurology research finally breaking the resolve of MND?
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) may be seen as the rarer and more mysterious cousin of multiple sclerosis (MS). It is characterised by a long segment of inflammation in the spinal cord, and this occurs almost simultaneously with inflammation of the optic nerves. Unlike MS, there is usually no involvement of the brain. NMO is also known as Devic disease, after the French neurologist Eugène… Read More Why is neuromyelitis optica (NMO) endlessly surprising neurology?