Category Archives: Neurology

Animal Venoms: The Healing Bite

Animal venoms are supposed to deter, incapacitate or kill adversaries. Increasingly however, researchers keep discovering that the venom of snakes, scorpions or spiders can also cure diseases, and that this is even lucrative. Captopril and the antidiabetic exenatide more...

MS Gene: The Eternal Attraction Of The Grail

For more than twenty years the search was unsuccessful. Only now have Canadian researchers once again come across genes which increase the risk of MS significantly. A certain gene mutation resulted with 70% of its carriers in MS. However, further factors have to be more...

Article by Swen Engelmann

Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

The importance of looking for a treatable muscle disease and not diagnosing everyone with muscle weakness as having muscular dystrophy. In the many years I have seen children (and some adults) with neuromuscular disorders, I have had countless parents tell me that when more...

Autoimmune Diseases: Parkinson Is In The Cast

Researchers during their search for the causes of Parkinson's disease have come across a fresh and clear track: they have observed a link between Parkinson-typical genetic alterations and T-cell activation. Is any trembling and anxious waiting for new therapeutic more...

Article by Sabine Fliegen

Benign Congenital Hypotonia is Not a Diagnosis

There are countless reason that a baby is floppy or weak at birth. One diagnosis that is not correct is Benign Congenital Hypotonia. I frequently tell parents and friends that the Internet has a great deal of good medical information, considerable misinformation, as more...

Misdiagnosis in Muscle Diseases

Having cared for both children and adults in six neuromuscular programs or clinics, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate diagnosis far too many patients receive. Several months ago a teenage youth sent me an e-mail saying he had been playing varsity basketball more...

MS: Healing Through High-Risk Therapy

One radical method of treatment seems able to stop MS – but the treatment is life-threatening. First, the researchers almost completely killed the immune system of patients by chemotherapy. Then they transplanted autologous stem cells into the patients. more...

Article by Irene Habich

Inadequate Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

Having cared for many hundreds of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, it was encouraging to see an article by Nicholas Wade in the New York Times. Three researchers are trying a new technique to insert "the correct gene into damaged cells." more...

Stuttering: The Right Lobe Raps Along

Every twentieth child stutters sometime during the course of his or her development. For four out of five children these speaking problems resolve by themselves. With more knowledge about switching disorders in the brain, one could also better help the remaining fifth. more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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Stem Cells After Stroke: It’s Running Again

A stroke patient can walk again after stem cell injection directly into the brain. Other patients can speak or are able to move their hands better. It seems as if we have completely underestimated the regenerative ability of the brain. more...

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