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Neuro News Roundup: Parkinson or parkinsonian?

Neuro News Roundup: Parkinson or parkinsonian?

  • Neuro News Roundup: Parkinson or parkinsonian? March 2017
  • Aspirin Relieves Tension Headache Abstract link.
  • A single dose of aspirin between 500 mg and 1000 mg may provide some benefit in adults with tension-type headache in terms of less frequent use of rescue medication.
  • Simple analgesics, such as aspirin, have some benefit for patients with tension-type headache.
  • Blood Nfl Levels May Distinguish Parkinson from Other Disorders Abstract link.
  • Blood-based NfL may be a biomarker for differential diagnosis of parkinsonian disorder.
  • Blood tests for NfL might be included in the diagnostic workup of patients with parkinsonian symptoms in both primary care and specialized clinics.
  • Stem Cell Transplant May Halt MS Progression Abstract link.
  • AHSCT may be an effective treatment for aggressive forms of MS that fail to respond to standard therapies.
  • Stem cell transplantation may be an option for a younger patient with relapsing MS who has failed no more than two disease-modifying treatments and has not reached high levels of disability.
  • Clinical Implications

The highlights of new studies in neurology include: a single dose of aspirin, from 500 mg to 1000 mg, may reduce the use of rescue medications in adults with frequent episodic tension-type headache; blood neurofilament light chain (NfL) protein can discriminate between Parkinson disease and atypical parkinsonian disorder; and about half of patients with aggressive, treatment-refractory multiple sclerosis (MS) are free from neurological progression five years after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT).

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