No Association Between Antiepileptic Drug Use and Dementia Risk

Study investigates over 100,000 patients followed in general and neuropsychiatrist practices in Germany

February 13, 2019 - Frankfurt, Germany – Epilepsy is a common neurological condition with a prevalence of around 2%. Many antiepileptic drugs (AED) are available to prevent epileptic seizures, allowing up to 80 percent of patients to become seizure-free. However, previous research has found a positive association between the use of AEDs and dementia. More...

February 13, 2019

The Search for the Holy Grail: Promising Strategies for Slowing, Stopping, or Reversing Parkinson’s Disease

Experts review current research trends and evaluate which of these are likely to succeed over the next two decades, in a special supplement to JPD

February 12, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Understanding of the processes involved in Parkinson's disease (PD) degeneration has vastly improved over the last 20 years. In this insightful review published in an open access special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, experts consider which of the existing strategies to slow down or stop the degenerative processes of PD are most likely to be successful over the next 20 years. More...

February 12, 2019

The Involvement of the Gut in Parkinson’s Disease: Hype or Hope?

Experts review evidence that, at least in some patients, the disease may begin in the gut, and examine key research issues needing resolution, in a special supplement to JPD

February 7, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – There is growing evidence that at least in some patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), the disease may begin in the gut. Writing in an open access special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, experts explore the last two decades of research about the gut–brain axis in PD and look ahead at the possible development and impact of these research areas in the next two decades. More...

February 7, 2019

Expand the Role of Patients, the True Experts, in Neuromuscular Disease Research, Concludes International Workshop

Shared decision-making seen as an important instrument to obtain better research results and gain support and acceptance from the wider public, according to a new position paper published in JND

February 6, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – The old-fashioned paternalistic relationship between doctors and patients has gradually evolved into a more collaborative one in the era of patient-centered medicine. Shared decision-making (SDM), in which doctors and patients jointly decide on treatment or care, has emerged as a gold standard model of healthcare. Yet considerably less attention has been given to obtaining the patient’s perspective on neuromuscular research on such matters as research objectives, study design, or even consent. A position paper in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases describes conclusions reached at an international workshop that focused on finding creative solutions to integrate and enhance the patient's point of view in neuromuscular research. More...

February 6, 2019