In pioneering research published in the Jan 18 issue of Neurology Pegoraro et al reports the identification of genetic modifiers of muscular dystrophy in humans for the first time.
Fever-induced refractory epileptic encephalopathy in school-age children (FIRES) is a recently described epileptic entity whose etiology remains unknown. Brain abnormalities shown by MRI are usually limited to mesial-temporal structures and do not account for the catastrophic neuropsychologic findings.
A meeting of 29 senior scientists from Europe, the USA, India and Australia, was held in Naarden, The Netherlands on November 14–16, 2008, to establish consensus Best Practice Guidelines for molecular diagnosis of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD)
Results of a recently published study has shown that children with new/recent onset epilepsy have significantly slowed expansion of white matter volume compared to healthy children over a two year interval. The reduced white matter volume may affect brain connectivity and influence cognition. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is published in Epilepsia, published on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy.