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January 2017

Patient Care

Cannabidiol benefits some children with Dravet syndrome
Data from clinical trials of Epidiolex, a cannabidiol (CBD) treatment, for children with Dravet syndrome show that seizures were reduced by 39 percent in children treated with CBD versus only 16 percent in the placebo group.

Tumor treatment tailored to the needs of the developing pediatric nervous system
Brain and central nervous system tumors now represent the most common cause of cancer-related death in children. New information about the molecular diversity of these tumors points the way toward targeted therapies tailored to tumor subtypes.


Research explores therapeutic mechanism for DBS
Recent findings suggest that subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (DBS) provokes dopamine release and that its concentration varies depending on the site being stimulated. DBS of the subthalamic nucleus has been shown to be an effective treatment for movement disorders.

Research identifies new biomarker in spinal fluid and blood serum of patients with autoimmune meningoencephalomyelitis
Identification of an autoantibody that targets glial fibrillary acidic protein within astrocytes found in the brain and spinal cord will allow for faster diagnosis and treatment of patients with autoimmune meningoencephalomyelitis.

Genetic mutation may confer a risk of earlier onset Parkinson's disease
Research indicates that increased risk of earlier onset Parkinson's disease is the result of a single mutation in the PTEN-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) gene, rather than an inherited mutation in both PINK1 alleles.

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Headache Symposium 2017
March 17-19, 2017, in Phoenix
Topics include how to distinguish between primary headache disorders and headaches symptomatic of other disease, differentiation of episodic and chronic primary headache disorders to formulate diagnosis, and formulation of treatment plans for headache disorders encountered in both the primary care setting and general neurological practice.

Advances in Brachial Plexus Reconstruction: A Surgical Skills Course 2017
April 13-15, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.
This course covers specific techniques for adult and obstetrical brachial plexus injuries, surgical planning, supra and infraclavicular exploration, various nerve transfers and grafting, secondary surgical reconstructions, obtaining grasp and management of pain. Attendees may participate in hands-on cadaver training.

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