Neurology News

Medical oddity ushers in discovery of unheard-of 'immunity gene' mutations — and a better way to screen them

18 Jan 2021

An infant’s odd case of encephalitis, not typically found in children, has led Japanese researchers to discover never-before-seen genetic mutations and a more accurate technique to examine the IRAK4 gene responsible for innate immunity. Their work has been published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology.

Joint International Headache Congress 2021

15 Jan 2021

Two of the most important headache societies, the International Headache Society (IHS) and the European Headache Federation (EHF) will unite for a joint International Headache Congress 2021, scheduled from 8–12 September in Berlin, Germany.

Faulty metabolism of Parkinson’s medication in the brain linked to severe side effects

7 Jan 2021

Until now, the reason why the drug levodopa (L-Dopa), which reduces the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, declines in efficacy after a few years’ use has been unknown. A side effect that then often occur is involuntary movements. A Swedish–French collaboration, led from Uppsala University, has now been able to connect the problems with defective metabolism of L-Dopa in the brain.