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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 237-238

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Editor-in-Chief, AIAN, Prof. and Head, Department of Neurology, Grant Medical College and Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, India

Date of Web Publication5-Dec-2012

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Satish V Khadilkar
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.104320

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It is my pleasure to bring before you, the last issue of 2012. All the issues of 2012 have been published on time and have been well received. Grand round and clinical sign, the two new sections, have received favorable comments. Thanks to the interactions of the readers of Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, the impact factor of the Journal has risen sharply and now stands at 0.928. We are looking at starting new sections to interest of readers in 2013, and I look forward to your support, patronage, and active interaction in the coming years.

This issue begins with a review on the hippocampus in health and disease. Dhikav and Anand give in-depth information accumulated in recent years about the morphology radiology and electrophysiology of the hippocampus and related structures in health and in various disease states. This review is important as the role of hippocampus in cognitive decline and seizures steadily keeps coming to fore. The second review in this issue is about yoga in neurological disorders. Mishra et al, have searched information published in PUBMED and related sources and analyzed it to put together the known benefits of this ancient science. The believers of holistic science will appreciate the thoughts in this article. The grand round discusses to approach to an interesting situation: A young female patient developing altered sensorium, eye signs, and mimic facial palsy. This case is a true Clinicopathological correlation, as the clinical discussant was not aware of information on radiology pathology and the final diagnosis. Readers will find this clinical discussion interesting.

Shukla et al, present their original work on details of sensory testing in patients with restless legs syndrome. As the symptomatology of restless legs syndrome is sensory, it stands to reason that a scrutiny of detail electrophysiological evaluation of the peripheral nervous system, including quantitative sensory testing and sympathetic skin responds has had a yield in two-third of the patients. Further work in this area may lead to therapeutic advances. The factors correlating with outcome of intracerebral hemorrhage have always intrigued physicians, and it is not uncommon in clinical practice to come across unexpected outcomes on either side. In this regard, the original paper by Narayan et al, is very helpful by showing the correlation of size and site of the hematoma, its intraventricular extension and the blood pressure. The initial severity of neurological dysfunction in diabetes is intriguing and requires further study. Mohammad Tamway and colleagues discuss the effect of proprioceptive cues on a gait in Parkinson's disease. They divided 30 patients with Parkinson's disease into two groups. One group received conventional physiotherapy and the other received special therapy with vibratory stimuli. The group receiving proprioceptive feedback performed better on the gait analyses. This outcome has important clinical bearings. Sinha et al, have studied the new onset convulsions at later ages and co-related the radiological findings in the group. Their conclusions about the clinical utility of computed tomography (CT) scan imaging is important, particularly in situations where a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Scan may not be feasible. Damayanti deepa and colleagues present an elegant study delving into the mechanisms of teratogenesis in pregnant women. This information comes from Kerala registry of epilepsy and pregnancy. The study demonstrates increased oxidative stress in women with epilepsy as compared to controls. The values seem to be particularly high in women who had abortions or defective children. In future these may become potential markers towards prediction of outcome and then possibly, prevention.

Mehndiratta and colleagues present appraisal of Kernig's and Brudzenski's signs in meningitis, dealing with the historical aspects, methods of elicitation and the limitations of these important signs. Haroon et al, touch upon an important area of economics of medical prescription in relation to epilepsy. Their study points out the increasing tendency towards use of new antiepileptic agents, use of multiple medications together, and the resultant increase in the cost of therapy to the common Indian. This study also asks a related question as to how much better the newer agents and the combinations indeed are and whether these changing trends can be justified. In the last couple of years, more attention is being paid to awareness of neurological diseases in community, and this is explored in a paper from North India by Yadav and colleagues. Their findings suggest that a substantial number of patients and caregivers are aware of various aspects of Parkinson's disease. While this is a reflection of activity of the social groups working in Parkinson's disease and related disorders, it would also be interesting to see how public at large fares on the awareness scales.

History of neurosciences and neuroscientists always makes interesting reading and in this issue, we read about the legendary Jean-Martin Charcot, his wide array of contributions to the field of neuroscience and some of his personal life. This issue also has many case reports ranging from familial Guillair Barre syndrome, chronic meningitis and vasculopathy resulting from Epstein-Barr virus, an unusual presentation of Henoch-Shonlein purpura, an interesting case of Leigh-like syndrome, oleazepine induced Electroencephelography changes reversible with Lamotrigine, an unusual toxicity of valproic acid: Scalp hematoma, pulmonary thromboembolism in a patient of myotonic dystrophy, intravenous immunoglobulin to treat immune effects caused by phenytoin, a rare case of bilateral thoracic outlet syndrome in childhood, an unusual complication of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and its treatment, an unusual MRI appearance in a patient with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, a rare association of lipid storage myopathy and marfanoid features, the use of positron emission tomography and CT scan in a patient with occult bacteraemia, reversible electrophysiological abnormalities in a patient with secondary hyperkalemic paralysis, a novel LMNA mutation in a family with Emory-Dreyfuss myopathy and familial dilated cardiomyopathy. The issue ends with lively discussion and comments on previous articles published in the AIAN.

As this year comes to a close, I would like to specially acknowledge the efforts of all our reviewers, editorial board members, the staff of Wolters Kluwers/Medknow Publications, and I look forward to interacting with you further in 2013 with some new sections to our journal.


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