MRI algorithm to predict which babies at high risk of developing autism

Joe Piven, MD

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age. The study, published today in Nature, is the first to show it is possible to identify which infants – among those with older siblings with autism – will be diagnosed with autism at 24 months of age. This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brai...
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Brain Plasticity in Epilepsy Leuven, Belgium, May 13 – 16, 2017


A unique meeting on "Brain Plasticity in Epilepsy" will be  held in Leuven, Belgium, May 13 – 16, 2017. Our goal is to provide a highly interactive forum for clinical practitioners and researchers with a focus on brain reorganization in epilepsy and how brain plasticity affects motor, cognitive and imaging aspects. We are very honored to be hosting an expert faculty of distinguished international speakers on the following topics: brain networks in epilepsy epileptogenesis and func...
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NICE guidelines on cerebral palsy published

This guideline covers diagnosing, assessing and managing cerebral palsy in children and young people from birth up to their 25th birthday. It aims to make sure they get the care and treatment they need for the developmental and clinical comorbidities associated with cerebral palsy, so that they can be as active and independent as possible file File Name: nice_ng62_2017.pdf File Size: 180 kb Download File Recommendations This guideline includes recommendations on:  ​c auses and recognition o...
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New treatment for Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis


In a study have been published in the journal Neurology researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) using a new treatment regimen have recorded significant progress in patients with Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.  In addition to standard treatment, patients received bortezomib, a drug known as proteasome inhibitor that has proven successful in treating patients with plasmacytoma a haematological mali...
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Systematic Review concludes Zika Virus as cause of birth defects and Guillain-Barre syndrome

Structure of the Zika Virus

A systematic review of the evidence confirms that infection with mosquito-borne Zika virus is a cause of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), in addition to microcephaly and other congenital brain abnormalities, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine by Nicola Low of the University of Bern, Switzerland, and colleagues in the World Health Organization (WHO) Zika Causality Working Group.  In March 2016, WHO stated that there was a strong scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause...
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