JNS.jpgThe August issue of the Journal of the Neurological Sciences Vol 379 is now available online.

 

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Teaching centers of the World Federation of Neurology – A concept to provide training resources from within

Neurologic education is one of the main goals of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). Educated and well trained neurologists improve global care in neurology. Education is conventionally classified into pre-graduate (medical school) education, residency and fellowship training, and continuing medical education.

The development of the WFN Teaching Centers was begun in Africa (where many countries have little or no neurological services) with the plan to expand this concept worldwide. The goal of the WFN Teaching Centers is to develop a powerful educational system in neurology which will train individuals locally, and moreover to help establish a high standard of training for institutions in Africa, for Africans.

 

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Stroke is a brain disease

Although the title may seem as stating the obvious, the case has been far from that for the last six decades; if someone anywhere in the world had a stroke or a TIA, the WHO coding system places the event under either vascular diseases or episodic symptoms, not in the appropriate nervous system disease chapter of the ICD10. This situation started with ICD7 in 1955 and continued ever since, skewing all statistics produced by the WHO of neurological diseases. The ICD10 has been in use since 1990 and a total revamp is long overdue.

 

Adult posthaemorrhagic hydrocephalus animal models

Posthaemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH) is often associated with high morbidity and mortality and serves as an important clinical predictor of poor outcomes after intracranial haemorrhage (ICH). We are lack of effective medical intervention methods to improve functional outcomes in patients with PHH because little is still known about the mechanisms of PHH pathogenesis. Animal models play a key role in the study of PHH. Developed a suitable animal model that will help us to be better to find preventative strategies and improve the prognosis of patients with PHH. The purpose of this review is to summarize the body of knowledge gained from animal studies.

 

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Psychosis in Parkinson's disease: From the soft signs to the hard science

Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) may develop a wide spectrum of non-motor symptoms during the course of illness. Psychosis is one such commonly observed non-motor symptoms of PD. This review highlights the potential of the previous studies to gain further insights into the soft signs and hard science related to psychosis in PD. This paper also highlights the missing links and discusses the approach to future research in this field.