Handbook of Pediatric Electroencephalography by Veena Kander now on ICNApedia VLE

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Inviting Bids for ICNC2020

The International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) invites "letter of intent" from interested parties to enter the bidding to host the International Child Neurology Congress in 2020.Bidders are invited to send a “letter of intent” (not more than a short paragraph from the main coordinator or organizing scientific society (not the conference organising team) to the secretary of the ICNA ([email protected] ). The ICNA Executive Board will select bidders who would be invited to submit a full proposal. This would be guided by the previous geographical representation, and capacity of the meeting to  reach the maximum number of physicians and allied professionals interested in child neurology....
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Recurrent strep A infections and autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder in children:possible new link

Researchers have discovered how immune cells triggered by recurrent Strep A infections enter the brain, causing inflammation that may lead to autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders in children. The study, performed in mice, found that immune cells reach the brain by traveling along odor-sensing neurons that emerge from the nasal cavity, not by breaching the blood-brain barrier directly. The findings could lead to improved methods for diagnosing, monitoring, and treating these disorders. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, was published today in the online edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Recurrent...
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Manipulating consciousness using deep brain stimulation

Studies in rats have shown that they could be either woken up or put in an unconscious state from altering their brain activity by changing the firing rates of neurons in the central thalamus. The NIH funded study was published in eLIFE. Located deep inside the brain the thalamus acts as a relay station sending neural signals from the body to the cortex. Damage to neurons in the central part of the thalamus may lead to problems with sleep, attention, and memory. Previous studies have suggested that stimulation of thalamic neurons may awaken patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury...
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Combination of hormone therapy With Vigabatrin reduces Infantile Spasms better than hormone therapy alone

Results from the ICISS trial presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) suggest that a combination of hormonal therapy with vigabatrin reduces infantile spasms better than hormonal treatment alone. For this study, the ICISS trial researchers tested the hypothesis that combining prednisolone or tetracosactide with vigabatrin would result in a greater proportion of infants achieving spasm cessation compared with hormonal therapy alone. Between March 2007 and May 2014, infants with IS and a compatible EEG were enrolled in a multicenter treatment trial. Infants were randomized to receive either hormonal therapy and vigabatrin or hormonal therapy alone....
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Poverty and risk of neurological impairment

Children from low income environments appear to have a higher risk of neurological impairment than those from more economically secure circumstances, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. This neurological impairment appears to be distinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty. In most cases, the level of neurological impairment the researchers found would not be apparent to a casual observer. That level could, however, increase, the risk for childhood learning difficulties, attention deficit disorders and psychological conditions such as anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. “The size of the effect we...
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