AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

Free Checkpoints Available for Member/Non-member CNCTs

Have some extra free time right now? Take a few moments to complete some FREE Checkpoints toward your CNCT recertification! They will be available until August 30.

Science News: Nerve Ultrasound Improves Detection of Treatment-responsive Chronic Inflammatory Neuropathies

Submitted by Bryan X. DeSouza, MD
Edited by Francisco Gomez, MD

Authors evaluated diagnostic accuracy of nerve ultrasound in a prospective study including 100 consecutive patients, with aim of determining whether ultrasound in as well as nerve conduction studies can aid in detecting treatment-responsive patients. Patient included were under suspicion of chronic inflammatory neuropathies (CIN), including CIDP and variants (Lewis Sumner syndrome, and Multifocal Motor Neuropathy).

Science News: Cognitive Inhibition Impairments in Presymptomatic C9orf72 Carriers

Submitted and Edited by Francisco Gomez, MD

Nucleotide repeat expansions in the C9orf72 gene are a frequent cause of frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Some authors have described cognitive dysfunction in C9orf72 patients preceding debut of motor symptoms related to ALS.

Remembering Jasper Daube, MD

AANEM Past President and neurology pioneer Jasper Daube, MD, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Rochester, MN, at the age of 84.

Science News: Primary Lateral Sclerosis: Consensus Diagnostic Criteria


Submitted and Edited by Francisco Gomez, MD

The authors offer a tour de force on emergent diagnostic technologies in the diagnosis if PLS. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation demonstrate longer conduction times and decreased cortical excitability in PLS, differentiating this entitity from PLS and Hereditary Spastic Parapareis, respectively. As neurofilaments have emerged as a biomarker of neuronal degeneration, PLS has exhibited less levels of these markers, as compared to ALS. The authors further described emerging MRI  volume quantifying technology as a method to better detect PLS mediated prefrontal gyrus degeneration.

Exciting Changes Coming to ABEM’s Maintenance of Certification Program

The American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine is excited to announce changes to its Maintenance of Certification Program (MOCP).   These new changes will move ABEM from Maintenance of Certification to Continuous Certification.

Carolina Barnett-Tapia, MD, Named Inaugural Young Lectureship Award Winner

For the first time, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting plenary will include a speaker who is the winner of the Surinderjit Singh Young Lectureship Award. The inaugural winner, and newest speaker added to the 2020 AANEM Annual Meeting plenary schedule, is Carolina Barnett-Tapia, MD. AANEM President Yuen So, MD, made the selection after reviewing an extremely talented pool of applicants.

Science News: Nusinersen in Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Twelve-Month Real-World Data

Submitted and Edited by Clark Pinyan, MD

This article provides a more realistic picture of what is widely perceived to be a “miracle cure,” its potentials as well as its limits. Several AANEM members are already administering nusinersen in specialty clinics. We need clearer data to help set patient and family expectations and plan for future therapy.

Science News: Reduction of Skin Innervation is Associated with a Severe Fibromyalgia Phenotype

Submitted and Edited by Clark Pinyan, MD

This article helps elucidate the detectable, physiologic differences between fibromyalgia syndrome and other painful disorders such as MD-P, as well as attempt to find a basis for symptom severity in some patients.

The American Neuromuscular Foundation is Seeking a Public Board Member

The American Neuromuscular Foundation (ANF) seeks a Public Board Member to help the organization become a driving force in neuromuscular research.







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