World Federation of Neurology News

22 Feb 2017

WFN Medals 2017

The WFN is delighted to announce that the medalists for 2017.

4 Feb 2017

Journal of the Neurological Sciences issue 374 now available

Vol. 374, March 2017 now available

2 Feb 2017

The January issue of World Neurology is now available online

We are very pleased to introduce the January/February 2017 issue of World Neurology, with a number of varied and quite interesting reports from around the globe. In this issue’s President’s Column, WFN President Raad Shakir notes that brain health is at the forefront of diseases leading to morbidity and mortality, highlighting the critical importance and role of neurologists in increasing the profile of neurology as a discipline around the globe. Dr. Bruno Giometto reports on the highlights of the recent successful XLVII Congress of the Italian Society of Neurology, and in a related report, Dr. Luigi Bertinato’s keynote lecture from the same Congress on the origins of public health and the history of plague control will be of great historical interest to our readers.

Neurology News

21 Feb 2017

Brain Imaging Can Help Distinguish Between Depression and Cognitive Disorders Like Alzheimer’s

A brain imaging technique called single photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT, can help clinicians differentiate between depression and a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. The study, “ Classification of Depression, Cognitive Disorders, and Co-Morbid Depression and Cognitive Disorders with Perfusion SPECT Neuroimaging,” was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

15 Feb 2017

International study suggests Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein

NIH-funded study also identifies potential new mechanism for some forms of epilepsy. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have uncovered new clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that the mysterious neurological disease may be caused by an autoimmune response to the parasitic proteins.

8 Feb 2017

Blood Test May Help Differentiate Parkinson’s from Similar Diseases

A simple blood test may be as accurate as a spinal fluid test when trying to determine whether symptoms are caused by Parkinson’s disease or another atypical parkinsonism disorder, according to a new study published in the February 8, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.