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30 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Editors Highlights of the August 2021 issue
Practical Neurology Editors Phil Smith and Geraint Fuller talk you through the highlights of the August issue of the journal. Read more on the PN website: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/4/273 The full issue here: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/4 Please subscribe to the Practical Neurology podcast via all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
28 minutes | May 20, 2021
Editors Highlights of the June 2021 issue
Practical Neurology Editors Phil Smith and Geraint Fuller talk you through the highlights of the June issue of the journal. Read more on the PN website: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/3/183 The full issue here: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/3 Please subscribe to the Practical Neurology podcast via all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
26 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Editors Highlights of the April 2021 issue
Practical Neurology Editors Phil Smith and Geraint Fuller talk you through the highlights of the April issue of the journal. Read more on the PN website: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/2/91 The full issue here: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/2 Please subscribe to the Practical Neurology podcast via all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
22 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Editors Highlights of the February 2021 issue
Practical Neurology Editors Phil Smith and Geraint Fuller talk you through the highlights of the February issue of the journal. Read more on the PN website: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/1/1 The full issue here: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/1
16 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Peripheral nerve blocks for headache disorders
Dr Tom Hughes, Department of Neurology, Cardiff, interviews Dr Luis Idrovo, Department of Neurology, Leeds, about one of the most prevalent, disabling and undertreated conditions in neurological clinical practice: headaches. They discuss the administration of peripheral nerve blocks to treat various headache disorders both in the acute and outpatient setting. Please read the related paper, which is the Editor's Choice of the February 2021 issue of the journal: https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/1/30 Please subscribe to the Practical Neurology podcast via all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
21 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Editors Highlights of the December 2020 issue
Practical Neurology Editors Phil Smith and Geraint Fuller talk you through the highlights of the December issue of the journal. Read more on the PN website: https://pn.bmj.com/content/20/6/427 The full issue here: https://pn.bmj.com/content/20/6
19 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Vaccine in Multiple Sclerosis
In the return of the Practical Neurology Podcast, Dr Tom Hughes interviews Dr Saúl Reyes, Consultant Neurologist at the Blizard Institute, and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK. They discuss the important issues regarding what vaccinations people with MS should have, and when they should have them in relation to their immunosuppressant drugs. Read the accompanying paper on the Practical Neurology's November issue and online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/practneurol-2020-002527 Please subscribe via all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
26 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
Essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia: distinguishing the clinical features
Essential tremor is the most common form of tremor in humans. In this podcast, Dr Tom Hughes, Practical Neurology Associate Editor, interviews Dr Elan D Louis, Yale Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders, New Haven, CT, who’s the author of a recent paper called, ‘Essential tremor: a nuanced approach to the clinical features’. They discuss this condition, not always easy to diagnose, and the distinction between essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease as well as dystonia. Read the paper on the Practical Neurology website: https://pn.bmj.com/content/19/5/389.
20 minutes | May 16, 2019
Infectious encephalitis: mimics and chameleons
‘Query encephalitis’ is a common neurological consultation in hospitalised patients. Identifying the syndrome is only part of the puzzle. Although historically encephalitis has been almost synonymous with infection, we increasingly recognise parainfectious or postinfectious as well as other immune-mediated causes. Encephalitis must also be distinguished from other causes of encephalopathy, including systemic infection, metabolic derangements, toxins, inherited metabolic disorders, hypoxia, trauma and vasculopathies. The paper discussed in this podcast reviews the most important differential diagnoses (mimics) of patients presenting with an encephalitic syndrome and highlight some unusual presentations (chameleons) of infectious encephalitis. Listen to the conversation of Dr Tom Hughes, Practical Neurology Associate Editor, with Dr Nicholas Davies (Department of Neurology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK) and read the paper on the Practical Neurology website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/practneurol-2018-002114.
17 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
A guide for investigating patients with complex neurology and epilepsy of unknown cause
A framework to guide general neurologists in the diagnostic reassessment of people with epilepsy and complex neurological problems of unknown cause is discussed in this podcast. Dr Tom Hughes, Practical Neurology Associate Editor, is joined by Dr Lina Nashef (King’s College Hospital, London, UK), the corresponding author of the paper “Investigating adults with early-onset epilepsy and intellectual or physical disability”, which also addresses imaging, electroencephalography, genetic studies and metabolic testing. Read the paper included on the Practical Neurology April issue here: ttps://pn.bmj.com/content/19/2/115.
24 minutes | Jan 15, 2019
Rituximab in neuroinflammatory conditions: the evidence available and prescribing advice
The basic principles of B-cell depletion with therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, the available evidence for using rituximab in neurological diseases as well as prescribing advice are discussed in this podcast. Practical Neurology Associate Editor Dr Tom Hughes is joined by Dr Daniel Whittam and Dr Anu Jacob, the authors of the review paper: “Rituximab in neurological disease: principles, evidence and practice”, which is part of the Practical Neurology February issue (https://pn.bmj.com/content/19/1/5).
15 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
Cannabis licensing and epilepsy: addressing the challenges for doctors and patients
What do adult neurologists need to know ahead of the likely licensing of Epidiolex for epilepsy in the UK in 2019? It is quite possible that cannabidiol, currently licensed in the USA for treating rare genetic epilepsies, may open the door for the widespread legalisation of recreational cannabis. Dr Rhys Thomas (Neurologist at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK) tells fellow Practical Neurology Associate Editor Dr Tom Hughes why the arguments about who may benefit from cannabis-derived medicines have to be separate from the discussion about the legalisation of recreational cannabis. They also discuss the distinction between cannabidiol oils and the cannabidiol rigorously tested in clinical trials. Read the review on the Practical Neurology website - https://pn.bmj.com/content/early/2018/10/18/practneurol-2018-002058 - and on the journal's December 2018 issue.
11 minutes | Apr 19, 2018
Valproate contraindicated in pregnancy: new regulations and advice for neurologists
Valproate is now contraindicated in pregnancy and women of child-bearing potential. The new stipulations from the Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures-Human (CMDh), a regulatory body representing European Union member states, about the use of valproate in women of child-bearing potential states that “Valproate should never be started unless alternative treatments are not suitable”. However, people taking this drug used to treat epilepsy should not stop valproate use abruptly, without consulting their doctor. The new regulations are discussed in this podcast by Professor Sanjay Sisodiya (UCL Institute of Neurology, London), who’s the author of a Practical Neurology editorial on this subject (http://pn.bmj.com/content/early/2018/04/19/practneurol-2018-001955). Other related articles in the Practical Neurology website: ►http://pn.bmj.com/content/early/2018/04/19/practneurol-2018-001932 ► http://pn.bmj.com/content/early/2018/04/19/practneurol-2018-001931
9 minutes | Aug 21, 2017
Duchenne's muscular dystrophy - from gene discovery to treatment
Professor Michael Hanna, Senior Consultant Neurologist at Queen Square, UCL, London, discusses the developments in genetics in neuromuscular diseases with Eric Hoffman, Gordon Holmes lecturer at the ABN meeting 2017, in Liverpool. Professor Eric Hoffman (Binghampton University, USA) describes in this conversation his extensive work on the rare condition of Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. This is the last of a series of podcasts recorded at the 2017 ABN meeting, held in May, in Liverpool, UK. More on this subject on the Practical Neurology website: http://pn.bmj.com/, where you can find these particular articles as well: "Muscle disease" - http://pn.bmj.com/content/9/1/54; "Muscle diseases: mimics and chameleons" - http://pn.bmj.com/content/14/5/288.
9 minutes | Jul 19, 2017
Nodding syndrome: a public health issue in children of South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania
Nodding syndrome affects children from 5 to 15 years old in some parts of the African continent. In this podcast, David Nicholl, Department of Neurology, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK, is joined by Mark Ellul, ABN fellow, University of Liverpool, UK, to discuss the latest research in this epileptic disorder. They talked at the Association of British Neurologists annual meeting, Liverpool, May 2017. http://pn.bmj.com/
16 minutes | Jul 11, 2017
ABN Annual Meeting: Professor Andrew Schwartz and the high-performance neural prosthetics
Professor Andrew Schwartz (University of Pittsburgh, USA) discusses the latest progress toward high-performance neural prosthetics with Practical Neurology's editor Geraint Fuller. The subject was highlighted at the ABN annual meeting 2017, held in May, in Liverpool, UK. For more content on this topic please visit http://pn.bmj.com/.
9 minutes | Jun 9, 2017
ABN Annual Meeting 2017: Interview with Kevin Talbot
At the ABN annual meeting 2017, David Burn interviews Kevin Talbot on the his talk on Antisense treatments in spinal muscular atrophy. The ABN Autumn Meeting took place on Wednesday 3rd May in Liverpool. For more content on this topic please visit: pn.bmj.com/
8 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
ABN Autumn Lecture: Antisense treatments in neurological disease
Based on the ABN's Autumn Meeting, Martin Turner interviews Matthew Wood on the his lecture Antisense treatments in neurological disease. The ABN Autumn Meeting took place on 20th October 2016 in London. For more content on this topic please visit: pn.bmj.com/
11 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
ABN Autumn Lecture: Treatable hereditary neuropathies
Based on the ABN's Autumn Meeting, David Nicholl interviews Mary Reilly on the her lecture Treatable Hereditary Neuropathies. The ABN Autumn Meeting took place on 20th October 2016 in London. For more content on this topic please visit: pn.bmj.com/
11 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
ABN Autumn Lecture: Functional movement disorders - phenomenology and management
Based on the ABN's Autumn Meeting, David Nicholl interviews Mark Edwards on his lecture Functional Movement Disorders - Phenomenology and Management. The ABN Autumn Meeting took place on 20th October 2016 in London. Recommended articles on this topic include: Explaining functional disorders in the neurology clinic: a photo story Alan Carson, Alexander Lehn, Lea Ludwig, Jon Stone pn.bmj.com/content/16/1/56 Functional neurological symptoms: welcome to the new normal Mark J Edwards pn.bmj.com/content/16/1/2 Functional neurological disorders: the neurological assessment as treatment Jon Stone http://pn.bmj.com/content/16/1/7
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