Here we go again. Neurologists can’t seem to stop spinning them, and we can’t help weaving them into blog posts. If you are late to the game, you may catch up with our previous catchy titles:
Now that you are up-to-date, here are 10 more catchy neurology article titles to make your day:
This article looks at a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), and makes the strong case that we need to do more to diagnose optic neuritis. And it is a very catchy way to make the point.
This is not something neurologists often come across, but it comes close enough to the specialty. Oral-facial-digital-syndrome is typified by facial deformities, but more importantly, the title makes it clear that it is a syndrome with diverse subtypes. A catchy title for a rare disorder, and this paper reveals all.
Not all catchy titles are convoluted. This one is simple but yet very inspired. It refers to the 2016 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. As for all guidelines, it is all well and good to develop them, but a herculean task to get anyone to take notice. It is therefore very ingenious to use a catchy editorial to do the job.
This is just a case report of fugue state, but it comes with a great title. The perspective of psychological amnesia as an escape is appropriate, and to the point.
Another one on amnesia, and what a great title. It is a report of 13 cases of focal retrograde amnesia, all typified by loss of autobiographical memory. The amnesia is severe enough in some cases “to erase the knowledge of their own identity”.
This inspired title clearly took some thinking to conjure. It is on the subject of transthyretin-related amyloidosis (ATTR), a hereditary disorder that equally maims the heart and the brain. Its typical features are small fiber neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, and ventricular hypertrophy. And the treatment, incidentally, requires transplanting a third organ, the liver. The authors of this paper, published in the journal Internist in 2018, provide a very comprehensive review of these manifestations of this hereditary disorder, inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, noting its unique epidemiological features such as two age peaks. They also point out that, for a long time, the only treatment for ATTR was liver transplantation, but with emerging drugs like tafamidis, patisiran and inotersen, there is hope that the multi-headed hydra that is ATTR will soon be without a neck.
Now here is a title to pique anyone’s neurological curiosity. Published in the International Journal of Stroke in 2010, this paper evokes the image of Dick Turpin in its title to illustrate a curious phenomenon that occurs in some people following stroke. The authors report 6 patients in whom “yawning is associated with involuntary raising of the paralysed arm”. After comparing their cases with 200 other reports in the literature, and after reviewing the literature on “experimental models in cats”, the authors felt certain the cause of this oddity is a stroke in the internal capsule. Having come this far, and emboldened by their findings, they went ahead to give it a name: parakinesia brachialis oscitans. Raise your hand, but don’t yawn, if you heard it here first.
This simple but catchy title is an excellent play on words. It is clearly about the contrariness of the acts of sleep and waking in one headline. This editorial is more than just a catchy title; it is a strong call to action!
It takes great imagination to come up with a title that contains burnout, embers and kindling. And the result is catchy. Burnout is a serious issue that threatens neurological practice, and this editorial flags the concern very forcefully: “the message for all is clear: medicine must identify the root causes of burnout, and more importantly, put the joy back in medicine“. It is time to see the light!
Probably not the catchiest title one could come up with, but it is catchy enough to attract attention. The title refers to fingolimod, the multiple sclerosis drug which predisposes to treatment-resistant warts. Simple verruca is bad enough, but the human papilloma virus (HPV) which causes it happens to trigger more sinister diseases: cervical and anogenital cancer. Therefore, with fingolimod, we must pay attention to warts and all!