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Telemedicine in rare neurological diseases

European Reference Networks are virtual networks that connect healthcare professionals around Europe with expertise in rare diseases to help patients We are living in unprecedented times. If I had been told this time last year that I would be seeing and doing clinical examination, even if limited in some cases, virtually on a regular basis…

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Neurological manifestations of Covid-19

56th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting, 1-2 October 2020 Prof Patrick Mallon, Professor of Microbial Diseases in the UCD School of Medicine and Consultant in Infectious Diseases in St Vincent’s University Hospital, spoke at the 56th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting about the neurological manifestations arising from SARS-CoV-2 infection. “There are a lot of knowledge…

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Socioeconomic deprivation related to increased incidences of epilepsy in Cork

56th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting, 1-2 October 2020 Dr Eimer Maloney, Cork University Hospital, reported her findings in relation to the impact of socioeconomic deprivation on the incidence of epilepsy in Cork. For this presentation, she was awarded first place in both the Harold Miller Prize for best overall presentation and the John Kirker…

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VP shunt silicone allergy: A case study

56th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting, 1-2 October 2020 Dr Martin Leer, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, spoke of his experience with an 18-year-old female patient with a background of benign external hydrocephalus – a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting is the most common neurosurgical procedure performed for the management…

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New EEG referral form: Potential to increase efficiency and save money

56th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting, 1-2 October 2020 Dr Emily O’Brien, St Vincent’s University Hospital, presented the results of an audit investigating the efficiency of the inpatient electroencephalogram (EEG) service in St Vincent’s University Hospital from October 2019 to April 2020 at the conference. A total of 130 inpatient referrals were included in this…

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CPD Module- Multiple sclerosis: new and existing therapies

2 CPD Hours Authors Dr Maria Gaughan, Newman Fellow in Neurology, St. Vincent’s University Hospital This module addresses the diagnosis and management of multiple sclerosis. Presenting symptoms, the 2017 McDonald criteria and the wide range of treatment options, their applications and risks are also discussed. The module also addresses pregnancy and MS. To earn CME…

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Management of MS relapses discussed

Relapses associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) should not be relied upon to monitor disease activity, according to a presentation at the recent Neurology Update meeting. Consultant Neurologist in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), Belfast, Dr Stella Hughes conveyed this message during her talk, which was entitled “MS Relapses – Dos and Don’ts”. While she said…

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FND patients need thorough explanations about their condition

The importance of explaining to people with functional neurological disorders (FND) the nature of their condition was underlined in a presentation at the recent INA update meeting in Belfast. Clinical Research Training Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Dr Ingrid Hoeritzauer made the point during her talk on recent developments in FND diagnosis and treatment.…

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Heterogeneity of autoimmune encephalitis outlined to INA delegates

The guest lecture at the Irish Neurological Association (INA) Neurology Update meeting in Belfast was on the subject of autoimmune encephalitis. The lecture was delivered by Prof Sarosh R Irani, who is head of the Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, and Co-director, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, Diagnostic Laboratory. Prof Irani is a Consultant Neurologist and clinician-scientist…

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Joint INA/ABN meeting to take place in Belfast

A joint annual meeting between the INA and the Association of British Neurologists (ABN) will take place in Belfast in 2021, it has been announced. The idea to hold the joint meeting in Belfast was first put forward by President of the ABN, Prof Mary Reilly. The organiser of the INA’s recent update meeting Consultant…

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