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  • President's Column: A January Column in December ⧉

    This is my last President's Column before a new administration takes over the WFN in January. I have drawn on the Janus theme as it is popularly believed January was so derived to be the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new year. Other interpretations emphasise the relationship of Janus to gateways. Yet others suggest the beginning and ending of conflict. 

    No matter how January was selected to be the first month of the Gregorian calendar, there is no doubt that Janus was Roman and it was Rome that was to have held the XXV World Congress of Neurology. Despite the pandemic, the XXV WCN was thematically Roman thanks to the Society of Italian Neurologists (SIN).

  • History: Rockefeller Foundation, Experimental Catatonia, and Herman H. de Jong ⧉

    In a previous History column (Issue 1 in 2019), I wrote about worldwide Rockefeller Foundation (RF) Support for neurology and psychiatry in the early 20th century. Particular attention was paid to the financial support of Beijing Union Medical College and the stay of neuroanatomist C.U. Ariëns Kappers (1877-1946) and neurologist Ernst de Vries (1883-1976) in the 1920s and 1930s.

    Other activities of RF included the support by the foundation of neuroscientific institutions such as the Montreal Neurological Institute (1934), the National Hospital for Diseases of the Nervous System at Queen Square (London), Otfrid Foersters Institute of Neurological Research in Breslau (1934, the present Wroclaw in Poland), the Harvard Departments of Neurology (1925) and Psychiatry (1934), and the Nieuw Leeuwenbergh, later named Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, in Utrecht, Netherlands (1927).


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  • Lessons learned in stroke care during COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future pandemics in the MENA+ region: A consensus statement from the MENA+-SINO ⧉

    FULL LENGTH ARTICLE | VOLUME 432, 120060, JANUARY 15, 2022

    COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted stroke care services at multiple levels. There was a decline in acute stroke admissions. Fewer interventions have been performed. Increased "door-to-needle times and "door-to-groin puncture" during this pandemic. These factors combined have led to declining in the favoured outcomes of stroke patients' globally. Yet this pandemic permits an opportunity for higher preparedness for future pandemics.

    This paper aims to shed light on the main lessons learned in the field of stroke care during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Here we are presenting proposals and initiatives for better preparedness in future similar emergencies.

    Feasibility and effectiveness appraisal of a neurology residency health equities curriculum ⧉

    FULL LENGTH ARTICLE | VOLUME 431, 120040, DECEMBER 15, 2021

    Despite increasing awareness of inequities in healthcare in neurology, health equity is not a core competency of neurology training.

    To meet this need, we implemented a health equities curriculum for neurology residents at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


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  • Fluctuating pain in Parkinson's disease: Its prevalence and impact on quality of life ⧉

    VOLUME 25, DECEMBER 2021, 100371

    Pain is a common non-motor symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, and the incidence of fluctuating pain may be improved by taking levodopa. There are only a few detailed reports regarding fluctuating pain.

    In this study, 331 PD patients were classified into three groups: no-pain group (67.4%), non-fluctuating pain group (22.1%), and fluctuating pain group (10.6%). We evaluated patients' background and its impact on the quality of life (QOL) of each group.

    Pain is regarded as a non-negligible symptom that affects the QOL of PD patients, and given the unique characteristics, fluctuating pain might be considered as an independent clinical subtype of PD.

  • Cross-sectional area of the vagus nerve on carotid duplex ultrasound and atrial fibrillation in acute stroke: A retrospective analysis ⧉

    VOLUME 25, DECEMBER 2021, 100378

    The autonomic nervous system, including the vagus nerve, is associated with the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the association between the cross-sectional area (CSA) of the vagus nerve on ultrasound and the presence of AF has not been fully clarified. This study investigated the association between vagus nerve CSA and the presence of AF in patients with acute stroke.


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