Brain Implant Allows Fully Paralyzed Patient to Communicate

An experimental brain-computer interface has allowed a man with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who was unable to speak or move to communicate. Using a commercially available implant and newly designed software, the patient, who was in the advanced stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease and unable to move his eyes, was able to interact with researchers … Read more

New Guidance on Palliative Care for Neurologic Disorders

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new expert guidance on palliative care for patients with stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurologic disorders. Palliative care includes much more than hospice services, lead author of the new position statement Lynne P. Taylor, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, and a fellow of the AAN, said … Read more

Promising Disease Markers in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Seven nerve excitability indices distinguish patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from healthy controls. Four indices may be biomarkers of early stage ALS. Why This Matters There is no diagnostic test for ALS, … Read more